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2020 Cricket Series South Africa VS English Cricket 2016

»Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in 2020 Cricket, english cricket, Laptop Cricket Lifestyle, South Africa Cricket | 0 comments

2020 Cricket Series South Africa VS English Cricket 2016

The T20 cricket series England V South Africa 2016. Back in the saddle again after a five day break the 2020 cricket series starts. Still in Cape Town meeting the friendly and hospitable South Africans. In this post I am going to cover the two 2020 cricket matches. During the five day break having taken time tor recuperate from the 5th one day cricket match and living the laptop cricket lifestyle. So the laptop cricket lifestyle allowed me to settle down and carry on with my business. I have the freedom to conduct my business wherever I have an internet connection. That aside back to the cricket. The first 2020 cricket match Newlands, Cape Town 2016. Back down the scenic walk under the oaks to Newlands under the looming dark shadow of Table mountain. It is a night game and the clouds look a bit ominous so we might get a bit of rain later. Hope we win the toss and get to choose what we will do. Walking to the stadium I am greeted by friendly smiles and happy faces from the supporters on all sides even though I am wearing my English cricket shirt and clearly am the opposition. Well here we are again Newlands my old friend. After a good rest and the voodoo of the fifth ODI behind us. Hopefully the Kryptonite has upped and moved on and the cricket Gods are once again English. 2020 Cricket the festive close your eyes and belt the ball out the park game. A game that has taken the world by storm, started in India and brought to the world amongst much criticism like Kerry Packer received for the ODI format. So fasten your seat belts (no the seats do not have them), for some fast paced action lads. So from the huddle in the middle it emerges that the cricket Gods have given South Africa the toss and they are going to chase again. The English Cricket Innings. Roy and Hales stride confidently to the pitch and take guard. Lights, camera, action Abbott the bowler ready to unleash the fury of South African cricket. Down comes the umpires arm and in steams Abbott like a tearaway train. Roy tips him away for 1 run, oh dear are we here for a 2020 cricket match or test match cricket? Hales up and a crack and a four yes lad 2020 cricket action comes to the fore, the fire works light up for the boundary perhaps the voodoo has left. End of the first over 10 for no loss. English cricket machine firing on all cylinders. Keep this up lads and 200 plus on the scoreboard. Who is English cricket’s maintenance engineer? Because the wheels weren’t greased properly and we started to slow down drastically. I mean I could see those Kryptonite crystals Growing. Last ball of the innings and where are we 134 for 8 at an average of 6.7 per over. Great run rate that for ODI cricket not so charming for 2020 cricket. But again we have a number on the board South Africa cricket has still to get that. The South Africa Cricket Innings. Amla and de Villiers open for South Africa. Willey to open the bowling, NOT an auspicious start a wayward ball edged off the pads by Amla and gone for four byes. Tighten up lad we don’t have a lot of runs to play with. Second ball and Crack that spine tingling ball on the willow four no one was going to stop that one. Definitely something in the water here. South Africa 11 for no loss at the end of the first over, not looking too auspicious. Well done to the English cricket maintenance engineer for tinkering with the bowlers they are doing a good job. Well done to Stokes for bowling a maiden wicket in the sixth over (Amla gone for 22). I’m getting excited. Join in with the Barmy army we will chant the victory. Oops I spoke to soon as the Kryptonite crystals were disappearing and we were now down to the wire. South Africa Facing the last ball and needing 1 run to draw and 2 to win. Topley to bowl Morris facing, i’m seriously thinking bowl the infamous underarm lad as Lillee did and we have this game in the bag. Uncharitable thoughts please forgive me. Topley bowls Morris slaps him away to the outfield a clean field and WHAT they’re coming back for the second. Topley misses the return, there must have been a small Kryptonite crystal lying around and  that was the problem. If we had caught the ball and knocked...

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5th ODI South Africa V England Newlands Feb 14, 2016

»Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in english cricket, One Day International, South Africa Cricket | 0 comments

5th ODI South Africa V England Newlands Feb 14, 2016

English cricket wanes at the 5th odi at Newlands Cape Town English cricket at Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town during the 5th odi. Hopefully the lads have put the 4th odi and the altitude behind them. Cape Town a metropolis nestling under the shadow of Table Mountain famous for its tablecloth of cloud, home to Newlands cricket stadium. A beautiful city with the seat of parliament, friendly people and the infamous Robben island, the prison island that housed Nelson Mandela. The only city I have been to with very narrow tree lined streets and a sunny ‘no rush’ disposition. So into this city I arrived with high hopes for the last of the one day games in the cricket series. I mean South Africa cricket had pulled the rabbit out the hat and drawn the five match cricket one day international series 2 – 2. So it was down to the wire for English cricket. The venue. PPC Newlands what a stunning venue I don’t think that there are many grounds that can hold a candle to this venue. Snuggled at the base of Table mountain and overlooked by Devil’s peak the ground is set in an idyllic setting. Another venerable ground in South Africa. Being built in 1888. The walk to Newlands is down a narrow street overhung with oak trees, what more romantic setting could one want for Valentine’s day. A victory for English cricket! that would round everything off nicely. So once more into the fray chaps! Walking to thee Cricket ground the fans mix and there is an air of bonhomie and joviality.  South Africa cricket definitely have their tails up and the fans are just as excited. So into the grounds seated amid this boisterous crowd. The ever present band doing duty and the crowd in general in high spirits. The usual huddle umpire and captains and again South Africa win the toss and elect to field. At the rate we are losing the toss I am convinced that coin has two heads or tails. But enough of the sulks with the toss let’s get on with the game. English Cricket Innings. Roy and Hales stride out to the middle carrying the hopes of English cricket fans with them come on lads don’t stumble now. A bit of a turning pitch but the lads seem to be holding steady. Oh no disaster struck Roy gone LBW to Tahir in the fifth over for 8. The start of the slump. Apart form Hales who dug in for a well played 112 and Root(27) and Stokes(29) it was a dismal performance by the English cricket team. I mean with the fourth highest score being scored by that man EXTRAS(23) I think no more need be said about our batting performance. I think if the England cricket team were Superman and they were flying over Newlands they would tumble from the sky as it appears that this cricket ground is the same as Krypotonite to Superman. The end result England all out for 236 after 45 overs, a really bad day at the office. Alex Hales well done lad a shining light amongst the destruction. That young man Rabada to the fore again leading the bowling attack and taking three wickets along with Tahir and Wiese. After that bad performance I definitely need to bolster my spirits with a spirit, but since I am only licensed for malt I need to find one. To add insult to injury the pub is called the Springbok pub after the national rugby side. How depressing is that. But like rugby we have a second half. We’ve put a score up now they have to get that score. So back off to the stands. The South African Innings. Amla And de kock opening the South Africa cricket innings again. Come on lads tight bowling the order of the day. Yes the first breakthrough de Kock gone for 4 here we go, perhaps the Kryptonite myth is not true.  du Plessis(0), Rossouw(4) and Behardien(13) gone cheaply but Amla dug in for a steady 59. Then non other than de Villiers steps out and the Kryptonite is a thought no longer. de Villiers(101 not out) and Wiese(41 not out) carried the day.  South Africa get the win their final score 237 for 5 off 44 overs. Full match report. So English cricket snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Indeed this was a strange game where in both overs that fellow EXTRAS was the fourth highest score in both innings. However a sad day for all English cricket fans from leading the series 2 – 0 we lost the series...

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4th ODI England South Africa Bidvest Wanderers 2016

»Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in english cricket, One Day International, Pink Drive, South Africa Cricket | 0 comments

4th ODI England South Africa Bidvest Wanderers 2016

The straw that broke the back of the 4th odi. Kagiso Rabada the hero of the fourth odi. The proverbial straw that broke our 4th odi series dream at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Although truth be told Chris Morris didn’t help either. I am jumping the gun a little here. having spent a day recuperating from what happened during the 3rd odi at Supersport park I then settled and got ready to see England and South Africa cricket do battle in the 4th odi at the Wanderers Stadium. Bidvest Wanderers cricket stadium. The Wanderers a venerable old gentleman of the South African cricket scene. The stadium was first built in 1896 and was the scene of the first test match between the England cricket team and a South African Cricket team. Which English cricket won, but remember back then this was test match cricket. The stadium was not at its present location but closer to the ‘centre’ of Town. In 1946 it was demolished and a railway station was built on the old stadium grounds. For 10 years the Wanderers as we know it was in limbo and cricket being relegated to being played at Ellis park a rugby stadium. In 1956 the new Wanderers stadium was built in its present location. It is a lovely stadium that is in the middle of a rather cosmopolitan area of the city. The one boundary has a row of flats running behind the stands and my exact thoughts on seeing this,” a cricket fan’s delight.” Imagine being able to sit on your balcony and watch live cricket whenever a match is happening. Enough now let’s move onto the match. South Africa cricket in PINK! Before I get on though I would like to say a big Hats off to the South Africa cricket players and the South African cricket board. They have a day where a charitable organisation known as the pink drive create awareness of and for Breast cancer. This fourth One day International was that annual drive day. To commemorate this drive and for the awareness it creates the whole South African cricket squad wear and play in pink. Well done South Africa cricket in your efforts. After the customary huddle on the pitch South Africa won the toss and elected to field. A rather strange descision, but in hindsight a wise one. It seems that South Africa seem to enjoy the challenge of the chase. The English Cricket innings We got off to a rocky start with Jason Roy going for 6 off the bowling of Rabada. Little did we know at the time that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Things however seem to settle with Hales And Root steadying the ship with a respectable 50 and 109 respectively. But then the rot set in and our middle order collapsed. The pink clad South Africa cricket lads were on fire and with some good bowling were able to get Morgan(2), Stokes(2), Buttler(1) and Ali(4) the wickets being shared by Tahir and Abbott. Woakes(33) and Rashid(39) put up some resistance in the tail but Young Rabada came back to take both wickets as well as Broad(6) who had been brought back into the English cricket team to counter de Kock. So this young bowler Rabada was definitely the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons. He returned figures of 4 for 45 off 9 overs and 5 balls. I must also mention the spinner Tahir who also returned figures of 3 for 46 off 10 overs. However watch out for young Rabada who at 19 has an impressive career ahead of him. The end result we were all out for 262 after 47 overs and 5 balls. Not a very auspicious day at the office for English cricket at all. But not all is doom and gloom in this incredible game of cricket. Because if we had trouble then the South Africans would too. The South African Cricket Innings Welcome back Broad lad. The idea seemed to be to bring him back to put the brakes on the South African opening bowlers and the start how brilliant taking Amla’s wicket on the fourth ball of the first innings. Here we go lads couldn’t ask for a better start. Unfortunately that was Broad’s shining moment. de Kock lost his wicket at 27 to Stokes but the middle order were restricted to low 30’s and then the other thorn in the English cricket team’s side raised his head. That was Chris Morris he proceeded to pound our bowlers a bit and scored a hard and fast 62 off 38 balls to level the score....

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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 The 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. So 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,...

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South Africa VS England One Day Cricket Port Elizabeth 2nd ODI

»Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in english cricket, One Day International, South Africa Cricket | 0 comments

South Africa VS England One Day Cricket Port Elizabeth 2nd ODI

The Second Cricket ODI, St George’s Park Port Elizabeth 6 February 2016. I kicked off the first of my cricket tours by starting at the second one day cricket matches in the five match series in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. “Welcome to the Windy City” the radio announcer said and that was no lie, with a fine breeze blowing in from the sea, enough to get the white horses galloping under sunny skies. I was later to find out from my South African Friends that Port Elizabeth has earned the name because it seems there is always a breeze blowing in the city. To the breeze blowing in the trees outside I thought, “So starts my cricket tours adventure!” However no time to wax lyrical, on with my England Cricket shirt and the rest of the supporters kit and off to breakfast. No one to be in doubt that I am an ardent English cricket fan. Why you may ask did I not come out to South Africa to watch the England Test match cricket, well its simple the test matches happened over Christmas and January and I wanted to spend time with the family and had some Business commitments with the Six Figure Mentors to honour. But I had cleared the decks for the One day cricket series and the two 2020 cricket matches to follow. Breakfast done off to St George’s Park. The Venue Second one day international cricket match St George’s a brilliant venue, set in a park like atmosphere surrounded by not so green grass(there was a drought on) and the most beautiful trees. It was such a nice walk through the park to get to this magnificent oval, one of the oldest in South Africa. Here’s hoping that the cricket is going to be as magnificent as the setting. Arriving at the entrance I stuck out like a sore thumb as I had arrived with a crowd of South African supporters, but I must admit like the majority of South Africans I met they were the most polite and friendly bunch. Although here I was the ‘enemy” they treated me well considering that England were coming here with a 1-0 lead in the one day cricket series. So into the oval we walked South African and English cricket fan united in the love of cricket. I must admit that I was intrigued to see a pile of fans at the oval in football jerseys. What a lively crowd of fans in that stadium and I was to discover that fact wherever I watched cricket in South Africa. So I found my seat and was fortunate to be mixed with some local fans and English cricket fans. Now for a day of some great cricket come on England you beauties! The usual huddle round the middle captains and umpire and South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. Thank heavens for the breeze to keep us cool under these sunny skies. Although we can’t always win the toss. In any case huddle sorted field cleared for action. Here they come trotting out onto the pitch, THE ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM, come on Morgan, Stokes and the lads. To a loud roar here they come the South African openers Amla and de Kock. The batsmen take up their guard and we are ready. Oops after the first ball I can see this is a slow pitch and that’s not good as it will get slower as the day progresses. So do we start to get nervous now or wait? South Africa Cricket Innings. Boom England strikes Topley gets his man, first wicket that of Amla clean bowled. The English fans roar the South Africans groan, but a knowledgeable crowd applauds a good ball. Game on in this one day cricket match. The slow pitch takes its toll, with de Kock falling cheaply for 22 lbw to Stokes. But as they say ‘it’s  not over till the fat lady sings’ and South Africa steadied the ship. That man AB de Villiers suddenly out of nowhere finding form after a poor batting patch ( three ducks in the last test match innings and an 8 in the first one day international cricket match). He was eventually stopped at 73 caught by Jordan off Stokes’ bowling. But between du plessis(46), de Villiers(73) and Duminy(47) South Africa was starting to build a solid innings. Well done to Rashid and Ali who dug in well and with some very tight bowling put the throttle firmly in place through the middle overs. So after 50 overs South Africa’s score was 262 for 7 now for our turn. Lunch time, so off I go in search of much needed nourishment both solid and liquid....

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