When it comes to the most beautiful cricket grounds in cricket, probably the Adelaide Oval and the Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town comes in our minds first. The Newlands Cricket Ground is, as we have just mentioned, situated in the southern most city of South Africa, Cape Town. It is the home ground of the Cape Cobras team of South Africa’s regional cricket. Cape Cobras play their home games for the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro20 competitions.
The Newlands Cricket Ground also hosts the test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 International games for the South African cricket team. In past it has also hosted some of the neutral games during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Newlands Cricket Ground – the Most Beautiful Cricket Ground
History of the Newlands Cricket Ground
If you visit the Newlands Cricket Ground ever, you will find a brewery adjacent to it. The title deed for the Newlands Cricket Ground is also granted to this brewer, Jacob Letterstedt, way back in the year 1845. Jacob later presented this ground to his daughter Lydia Corrina as her wedding gift. Later in the year 1887 the land and the cricket ground both were rented to the Western Province Cricket Club at the fees of GBP 50. The lease was for the next 25 years. Next year the rent was increased to GBP 100 and each of the lifetime members of the club contributed GBP 25 each and total 300 pounds were raised.
Two years later the Australian Cricket Team under the captaincy of Victor Trumper played a test match against the South African team, which was the inaugural test match for the ground. Over the years the Newlands Cricket Ground has gone through many renovations and the latest one was done in 1997 when the large portions of the grassy areas were replaced by the main pavilion, which increased the seating capacity to 25, 000 fans.
Why the Newlands Cricket Ground is so Beautiful?
With huge Table Mountain and the Devil’s Peak, which are the famous tourist place of Cape Town, overlooking the stadium, the Newlands Cricket Ground looks a stunner at the very outset for sure. With the floodlight system installed, watching cricket games at night at the Newlands is just like a dream come true for many.
The Newlands Cricket Ground has also hosted some of the non-cricket games as well like the one in 1998, an exhibition Australian Rules football between Brisbane Lions and Fremantle. The Newlands Rugby and Football grounds are also very near to this ground.
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