Saturday, 28 January 2012

Last Stand at the Oval

Our friend Ronnie first brought up the idea of going to the Adelaide Cricket test about six months ago, when he heard the ground was being upgraded and the beloved 'hill' would be gone forever. 'Why the hell not?' we thought. So the the Vintage Youth Cricket Club (and associated WAGS) headed down south for the Australia V's India 4th test. 

By lucky (or unlucky) coincidence our tickets were booked for Australia Day. This apparently means that you are required to paint yourself yellow and green, put a water melon on your head, drape a flag around yourself or any other means that make you look like a yob. We took the easy way out and just drank beer.

The Adelaide Oval is set in parklands, ringed by shady trees and stone churches. It was a pleasure to sit and while away a 34 degree day in the shade of the grandstand, with occasional forays to the heaving hill. We briefly saw Sachin Tendulkar bat, although we were not to see the 100th hundred. We were also in the crowd to see a an 'almost hatrick' by Peter Siddle. 

A tired, but happy bunch in front of the Donald Bradman statue. As fun as the day was, one was enough, and the Barossa was calling..............

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