African Expedition 2000
Wednesday 26 January
At last, some cricket to watch again.
Despite all the warnings wed been told about South African
public transport, we couldnt be bothered to pay for a taxi all the way to the
ground. So we first piled into a riki taxi. These are small, privately owned mini buses
(no bigger than a Renault Espace) that drive along the major roads into town. The fare was
only about 20p, but they didnt half pack em in. 16 to be precise.
|Then it was a train to Newlands. We had heard stories
about how unsafe trains in South Africa were, but there were plenty of other people
around, and we didnt feel at all threatened.
a bit of a trek at the ground to collect our tickets, but we got to our seats just in time
to see South Africa come out to bat. They managed to get about 210 for 7 (I think), and
never really got going. England started off slowly, and were never really up with the run
rate until Chris Read thraped a few 4s and 6s off Pollock. We finally needed 8 to win off
the final over, but fell agonisingly short when Darren Gough failed to hit the final ball
of the match for 4 that would have brought victory.
Flying the flag of St Michael's at
We somehow managed to flag a taxi down after the game. The trains
had stopped running by then, but even if they hadnt, I dont think it would
have been wise to use them. Too dangerous by far.
Got dropped off by the taxi driver at the Irish Rover and got