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Tour Dairy 3: Boy, what a fabulous place that is!

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Sunday, March 17, 2002, 16:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Mamatha Maben of Thatscricket.com is a part of the Indian women's team that is on a current tour of South Africa. Apart from interviews and reports, Maben will also be presenting the 'other side' of the tour through diary articles. The following is the third Tour diary:

For lack of time I shall be giving a consolidated version of events. I hope my readers won't mind this. Having had our first match washed out we were looking forward to our first match (complete) on March 10.

Since we were playing at Potchefstroom we had to leave early, as it was a long drive. After about 100 minutes of drive we reached what turned out to be a beauty of a ground.

I suppose we were kind of out played by the South Africans in that encounter. Although the rains did bring the game to a premature halt they had pretty much closed in on their target.

Actually, it is our fielding that is letting us down. We were pretty competitive in the batting and bowling departments. It was a major disappointment having lost that match.

However, we did regroup and put up a valiant show in our next encounter played on March 13. Unfortunately the weather and some really poor umpiring cost us the match, apart from some slack fielding.

We did have the match in our grasp and we just let it slip and eventually lost the match in the penultimate ball off the match. However, the venue Super Sports Park, Centurion was yet another beauty. It poured so much that day but within half an hour after the rains had stopped we back on the grounds. The facilities were superb.

So much for cricket. Moving on to the other days. We did visit the Sun City on the March 11. Boy, what a fabulous place that is! It is a recreation park cum picturesque park. The one spot the girls enjoyed the most was the Valley of the waves. It is an artificial kind of a beach with huge artificial waves coming at you. And one could go on and on at that place.

March 12 was a day of practice where we got to practice at the indoor facility provided by Marks Park Emmarenia. The hosts were magnanimous and gracious in their hospitality. After a hard session of practice they treated us to some delicious Indian food and later took us on a cruise around the Walve river on whose banks the Indoor facility stood.

That apart, most part of March 14 was spent travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town where we were spending the second half of our tour. We reached out hotels around 16:00 hrs and we just settled into our rooms and stayed put.

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