Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Series Leveller At St George's Park

The end of our roadtrip along the Garden Route had us arrive in Port Elizabeth the evening before the start of the Second Test between South Africa and Australia, which was our intention. Chilling out with an ocean view at our hotel, we caught back up with the travelling Waving The Flag crew, and prepared for days of cricket again.

Taking our place in the stands of St George's Park the next morning, the Saffas won the toss and went in to bat - and proceeded to pile on the runs until bad light brought us mercy at the end of the day!

The home side carried on in the same vein the next day, until we finally got them all out after Tea, for 423.  Our horror then continued, as 4 Aussie wickets fell in the final session.

A very different game to the one we had been witness to in Pretoria!

Our evening activities were the highlight of the PE Test, with the first night finding us a crazy group karaoke night at Captains. The next night found us at the impressive Bridge Street Brewery, for tunes and amazing food. A bunch of us decided to explore the hyped dining experience of Stanley Street on a Saturday night, and constructed an amazing progressive dinner along the strip of restaurants open.

The Australians managed just 246 for the first innings, finishing at Lunch on Day 3.

As the band played for most of the final day in the stand adjacent to us, the Aussies were firmly beaten by 231 runs on Day 4. A couple of us actually ducked down the hill at Lunch for a bit of a Sunday session, which was very difficult to leave and watch the end of the match live!

Final drinks were had overlooking the empty ground from the Members Stand, as we all contemplated the status of a very alive test series.

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