3rd ODI England v South Africa Supersport Park Centurion 2016

» Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in english cricket, Laptop Cricket Lifestyle, One Day International, South Africa Cricket | 0 comments

Supersport Park Centurion a sad day for English Cricket fans

england south africa cricket supersport park centurionThe third odi  looms with English cricket on a high. Off we go to Centurion in Gauteng province in what is know as the highveld(pronounced highfelt got that from a friendly South African Thank you). We left the ‘windy city’, Port Elizabeth behind and travelled inland to watch the third odi at Centurion. Shock of shock they stuck me a bright orange aircraft, with the airline being called Mango. So who else can tell me they have flown a Mango? Getting over the shock of flying in a gaudy aircraft, we settled into the heart of Gauteng.

 

Having arrived on the seventh of february in the afternoon, off I went and got settled into the bed and breakfast. So I woke the next day and because of the Laptop cricket Lifestyle I lead. I set up my office for the day in the shade of a huge spreading tree in a beautiful garden with the birds flitting around and singing their merry little songs. So here I am at ease working at my best doing what I love. I have just completed my blog on the second one day cricket match in Port Elizabeth and have had some awesome mentoring sessions and cleared my email and other business backlog. Decks are cleared under this beautiful sunny African sky for tomorrow, because tomorrow we are at Centurion to watch my beloved England cricket team with their two nil lead give the South African cricket team a thorough lesson in the game of cricket and consolidate their 2-0 lead in the one day international cricket series into an unassailable 3 -0 lead.

Off to Centurion.

When I booked to come out and watch the one day cricket series, I spoke to Fellow Six figure Mentor member Dalene McIntosh who lives in South Africa and is one of the students I mentor. I had booked into this incredibly beautiful Bed and breakfast conveniently situated between the Wanderers stadium and Supersport Park so I was strategically placed to use the train to get to both venues. Unfortunately my plans went a bit awry.

england south africa cricket third odi supersport park centurionSo as advised TAXI. So kitted out once again in my England cricket shirt( I have a couple and had washed them too!) and ready to show the the flag again. This English cricket supporter was off to Centurion, glad I took that taxi the driver was so helpful and friendly. We arrived at what is a relatively young oval in terms of South African cricket. However the highveld is not as picturesque as St Georges and although it stands in a large park it is more grassland and housing and offices surrounding it( a bit closer to the English grounds). But nevertheless we are here for the cricket and the sun was out in full force making for another great day for cricket.

Again a great crowd attending the match a lot of South African supporters around this lone English cricket fan, but what a great bunch of individuals. Although they were behind in the series 2 – 0 they were a friendly and hospitable people. Again the huddle on the pitch umpire and captains and hallelujah we won the toss and chose to bat. This to be my first day night game in South Africa.

English cricket innings

South Africa trot out onto the pitch to loud cheers from some very vocal supporters. There they come the England opening batsmen Jason Roy and Alex Hales. COME ON LADS. Its a batting wicket rather flat and I am seeing not much movement off the seam. The first over we are off to a slow start with one run and a wide, just getting our eye in. Remember the secret weapon of South Africa cricket ALTITUDE! They are going to get a little more bounce lads.

Disaster strikes in the Sixth over Roy run out for 20, on a slightly mistimed short and bad call for two. Briliant fielding by the South Africans(grr!), Morkel sent in a brilliant return over the wicket and de Kock smartly removed the bails. It was close however, oh for a longer fingertip or a longer bat and you would have made it. After six overs an awesome run rate however of 6 per over. Alex Hales dug in with Joe root and continued a steady innings but the run rate had slowed. On 65 Hales miss hit a shortish ball from Rabada and was caught on the boundary by Morkel. no problem Buttler next and after Port Elizabeth firing on all cylinders, not, to be gone caught first ball, bugger.

Morgan and Hales have dug in and are steady in the business but another blow Morgan gone for eight. The South african crowd roar with delight at the performance of the South Africa cricket team. The Barmy army singing and chants have been drowned out at this stage and the South African’s tails are definitely up. Alas and alack after digging in and steadily steering the ship Joe Root run out on 125 stuck in the middle gabbing with Stokes. Another run out to miss communication bugger and double bugger.  Although the English cricket side steadied and put up a reasonable performance to finish on a respectable 318 for eight.

Dinner lads and a Lager of course! Back to the game. We’ve set the score now you get it.

South Africa Cricket innings.

Amla and de Kock the opening batsmen for South Africa in this one day cricket match good Amla didn’t do to well at St georges maybe we get an early breakthrough and we are off. This wasn’t the case third ball in the first over CRACK Willey struck for a Four and again on the last ball of the over. This was sending more than tingles down my spine. Amla facing Topley poking around at the Ball and CRACK on the fourth ball for a four. No chaps this is not cricket especially with the South African fans roaring and waving those little cards with 4 on them. But needless to say the South Africa cricket side seemed to be firing on all cylinders and both the openers set the South African side up with centuries each. de Kock with 135 and Amla with 127. After de Kock went caught by Root of Rashid’s bowling and Wiese went cheaply for 7 bowled by Ali I thought well maybe just maybe but du Plessis came in and scored a steady 33 to help South Africa to victory although we did get Amla caught by Buttler off Jordan’s bowling. The final score 319 for 3 off 46 overs and two balls. Winning the third odi match by 7 wickets.

Full match report.

South Africa cricket had pulled one back but we still lead the series 2 – 1. Well played South Africa but we will see you at the Wanderers and we will have our turn I’m sure.

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Mark Ford at markscrickettours.com

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