African Expedition 2000
Friday 28 January
Our last full day in South Africa.
|A lazy morning, sleeping off the excesses of the
night before, and then off to Newlands for the day/night match against Zimbabwe
The ground was only about a quarter full, with a hardy band of Zimbabwe
fans occupying part of the grass bank by the large scoreboard. So with the ground to
choose from, me and Matt went to sit behind the bowlers end in the sun. And despite
85% of the seats in the ground being free, some tosser decided that he anted to move me
from where I was sitting just so he could sit where his ticket stub said. Tosser. So when
he went away to buy some more drinks, I dropped some chocolate on the chair which made a
nice stain on his trousers when he got back. Serves him right, the tosser.
- Newlands, with Table Mountain Mountain in the
- background and the Castle Lager Brewery in the
Zimbabwes opening batsmen scored freely with little trouble.
A few wickets fell here and there, but in the end, they managed to put on about 211.
|During the break, we used our ticket stubs to gain
entry to the England Supporters Club Area, where we were allowed to claim a
free meal and drink. This was only available to those who had bought their tickets from
the UK. A small consolation for paying a premium over what the tickets would have cost us
if wed bought them at the gate.
In reply, England
batted awfully. It was truly a pitiful batting display. We were all out for 107, and lost
by a staggering 104 runs, with Henry Olonga getting 6 wickets.
So to drown our sorrows, we went back to the Irish
Rover and got w##kered.
- The Newlands scoreboard shows England's crushing
- margin of defeat to the mighty Zimbabwe.