Tuesday, October 26, 2010
CRICKET STADIUMS: NEWLANDS IN CAPE TOWN
Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil's Peak.
The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889. There have been 40 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 13, their opponents 19 and 8 which ended in a draw..
The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets.
Over the past five years numerous changes have been made to the ground. This has slightly taken away from its former splendor. Large portions of the grass embankments have been replaced by pavilions increasing the seating capacity to 25,000.
Newlands is one of the few cricket grounds in South Africa that tends to favour spinners.