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- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Stadium Capacity: 25,0000
- Owner: Cricket South Africa (CSA)
- Name of the Ends: Wynberg End, Kelvin Grove End
- First Test: South Africa vs England, 25 March 1889
- First ODI: South Africa vs India, 7 December 1992
- First T20I: Australia vs Zimbabwe, 12 September 2007
Brief Description and History of the Newlands Cricket Ground
With the Table Mountains and the Devil’s Peak providing a stunning background to the cricket proceedings, the Newlands is considered one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.
The Newlands is one of the oldest Test centres having hosted a match as early as in 1889.
From 1991 to 1997, the period just after South Africa was readmitted to international cricket, numerous changes were made to the ground. Beautiful grass embankments made way for new pavilions to shore up the capacity. While more spectators can watch the match now, it sure has reduced some of the charm of the ground.
Amongst grounds in South Africa, the Newlands is known for favouring spinners. No wonder then that most of South Africa’s famous spinners have come from this region.
The sub-tropical Mediterranean climate with ample rain in the region provides Cape Town with the perfect weather for cricket.
Major Records, Events and Matches at the Newlands Cricket Ground
– Johnny Briggs claimed 15 wickets in the very first Test played at New Zealand. In the second innings, Briggs dismissed 8 batsmen, each one of them bowled. England won the match by an innings and 202 runs. The 3-day Test ended on the second day – 26 March 1889.
– In the same match, Bernard Tancred of South Africa became the first batsman to carry his bat through a completed test innings. Tancred only scored 26, but with the second highest score being only 7, it was enough for him to create the record.
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