20 December 2012 by Roy Barford

SA vs New Zealand cricket: Where to catch the action

Attention cricket fans – the New Zealanders are here and will be playing 3 T20 internationals, 2 Test matches and 3 one-day internationals.

The action gets under way with the 1st T20 international at Kingsmead in Durban on 21 December, and then moves to the Eastern Cape for the remaining T20s – in East London on Sunday 23 December and in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday 26 December.

East London and Port Elizabeth are about 3.5 hours apart by car, so if you're staying in either of those cities it is easy enough to be at both T20 fixtures. Port Elizabeth also hosts the 2nd Test from 11 January, ensuring a glut of international cricket in the Friendly City.

The 1st Test, which starts on 2 January at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town, is going to draw large crowds. Highly respected pulication The Cricketer rated Sahara Park Newlands the world's 2nd-most beautiful cricket ground after Lord's in England. The passing train, the whiff from the Newlands Brewery down the road, and the views of Devil's Peak add greatly to the interior excellence of Newlands. And the pitch in the middle almost always offers a great contest.

If you're staying in the Cape Town city centre, you can catch the train from Adderley Street to Newlands for just R8 per person. And if you want to stay in the southern suburbs after the day's play for a bit of a party, a cab will run you back to town for around R200. For more information about getting around in Cape Town, visit the Cape Town Tourism website.

It rarely rains in Cape Town during January, and if the weather remains the way it has been lately, you'll need to pack a lot of sunscreen before heading to watch any cricket. 

The passing train, the whiff from the Newlands Brewery down the road, and the views of Devil’s Peak add greatly to the interior excellence of Newlands.

Paarl, which hosts the 1st one-day international (ODI), is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, so if you're staying longer in the Mother City, you could potentially be at this match too.

The last 2 ODIs take place in Kimberley and Potchfestroom. Kimberley, home to the iconic Big Hole (an open mine), is also known for being the 1st town in the southern hemisphere to have electric street lights, and for the last 2 years has hosted the Maloof Money Cup – the world's biggest skateboarding competition. Potchfestroom is about 120km from Johannesburg.

Tickets for all matches in the series are available online through TicketPros or at the gates – although it is advisable to book in advance. 

Fixture list:

  • 21 December: 1st T20, Durban
  • 23 December: 2nd T20, East London
  • 26 December: 3rd T20, Port Elizabeth
  • 2 to 6 January: 1st Test, Cape Town
  • 11 to 15 January: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
  • 19 January: 1st ODI, Paarl
  • 22 January: 2nd ODI, Kimberley 
  • 25 January: 3rd ODI, Potchfestroom

Category: Sport

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