People were. For the first time in three years, Newlands was packed with thousands of fans. And not just any kind of fan. Happy fans.

It’s not a dog-bites-man tale, but one really worth telling loud and proud because before, on the opening night of the SA20, there have been over 1000 tough days in South African cricket. sad day and sad people.

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The Most Devoted Supporters Resided in Negative City

The tough times began here, at this very ground, in December 2019 when a new CSA leadership was unveiled amid administrative chaos. In the weeks, months and years that followed, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, on and off the field, and public faith in the sport shrank and shrank. Even the most devoted supporters dwelled in the negative city. And were talked about in the streets that CSA never did anything again. But 20,000 of them were brought back to Newlands on Tuesday afternoon, two weeks before January pay-day. And rumor has it the same number will arrive at Kingsmead on Wednesday and Gkebera the day after.

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He liked what he saw in Cape Town. People smiled and took selfies as they slowly found their seats in the afternoon sun. Younger children, still on school holidays, came with their parents, and would no doubt be allowed to sleep later than usual. As it did just before the pandemic silenced our stadiums. The crowds were diverse in age, gender and race – a heartening sight given the polarized state of the sport outside this tournament. And then he sang.

SA20 Organizers Spend Significant Resources on Entertainment

SA20 organizers have spent significant resources on entertainment. And brought out two of South Africa’s best-known artists for an otherwise low-key opening ceremony. Sho Majozzi, a rapper and Master KG famous for the lockdown hit “Jerusalemma”, performed on a stage just outside the newly built office development in the grounds. While dancers performed their moves in front of the embankment. A group of MI Cape Town supporters pre-transformed with branded navy blue caps, flags and T-shirts, complete with all the right moves. During the day the fireworks only managed to blend in with the bright blue sky. And were lost on almost everyone but the stalwarts of South African cricket in attendance.

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On the grass embankment, an enclosed area served as a temporary commentary box. Graeme Smith, now in his role as commissioner of the league. But who has worn hats from national captain to director of cricket, was mobbed by autograph seekers. Smith has found himself loved and hated in equal measure over the last three years – for rescuing South African cricket after the dreadful Thabang Moro era. And for the suspicion. That he promoted a boys’ club into the national team (which also was vested) social justice and nation-building hearings). But he still commands the audience. AB de Villiers was also around, and his reception was similar. But the biggest reaction was reserved for the men on the field. Specifically, what we called “Baby AB” is now known as DB: Dewald Brewis.

Cape Town’s own George Linde was tasked with Bowling the first ball of the new Competition

He lived up to his reputation as the next big thing in South Africa’s innings with a match-winning innings. In the first match of the tournament, as it looked like the locals would be overtaken. Cape Town’s own George Linde was tasked with bowling the first ball of the new competition. And would never have played in front of such a large crowd at home. His first two balls went well but this third one was threaded through extra cover by Jos Buttler. He gave away a total of eight runs and then changed ends to bowl the fourth over, where he spent nine more.

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Jofra Archer makes much-awaited return to Competitive Cricket After 18 Months

Meanwhile, Jofra Archer made his much-anticipated return to competitive cricket after 18 months. And he couldn’t have asked for a better start. He removed Vihaan Lubbe with his third ball, after swinging the first ball and zoning the toes with the second, and ended with a wicket. The oohs and aahs were appreciative but perhaps also a little concerned. Remember that Archer will be part of the England ODI squad that will play South Africa in the World Cup league matches later this month and how dangerous he can be if he is already clocking 145 kmph ?

Jofra Archer picked up a wicket in his first over on comeback, MI Cape Town vs Paarl Royals, SA20, Cape Town, January 10, 2023

England’s performers continued to worry South Africa as Buttler found his rhythm with ramp. And lap shots and then Ollie Stone dismissed both himself and Dane Vilas’ middle stump. David Miller was reminded of what South Africa can do with a 31-ball 42. Including a superb six off Sam Curran, but became the first of Archer’s two-and-a-half. But then new names from South Africa dominated.

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Brewis and Ryan Rickleton, both talked up as batsmen who should have been in the Test team in Australia, made short work of the target, as did some of the national rugby team, including scrumhalf Herschel Jantjie, in a presidential suit. saw. He batted with a freedom that South African players had not enjoyed for the previous three years, free from the burden of controversy and, to some extent, expectation.

Eating too Many hot Chips

A sunset walk around the field revealed that people weren’t paying as much attention as what was happening in the middle. After all, this is a tournament that is about much more than cricket and many people at Newlands were enjoying other things. They were meeting up with their friends, eating lots of hot chips, queuing up at bars and applauding every time a big hit hit. So far, so successful as SA20 officially begins.