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Century City

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  • Day28

    Unpacking the treasure from Germany ...

    January 14, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Sitting, waiting (and sleeping) inside SACD's huge cargo hall while my car is beeing administratively processed by local customs. The container arrived in 11th but my carnet de passages arrived just yesterday via UPS courier with a huge delay, because, after the German customs completed their paperwork, they sent it back to my German home address instead directly to Kaapstad. In between came Christmas and "stuff" ...
    So, today, just now, after validating the vehicle identification number on my carnet the container is again closed for several hours and I am dropped at home (what I call The Buddha Garden by now). In the afternoon I get picked up again for the final arrangements and car release. While on the way back to the customs I get a call that unfortunately it'll not work out any more today because container unloading was scheduled too spontaneously (due to carnet delay) and has to be postponed for tomorrow. Damn! Haha! "Pläne und so ..."
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    Michi, der

    Tyre deflation in order to fit the fully packed J12 with its 2.26 m into a 20" container of 2.30 m inner height :D

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  • Day38

    Chicken liver pizza

    January 24, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We fetch the the car with fixed ignition lock assembly, secondary 8-micron diesel filter and even find a well-built awning from Tentco for very little money. In front of our home base we test the camping equipment with an ordinary South African chicken liver pizza. Everything is packed and prepared. Next course on the menu: Richtersveld. Let the party begin!Read more

    Enjoy your pizza and your party! – we`ll have Haggis tonight, it`s Burns Night in Ingo`s Inn …

    1/25/20Reply
    Michi, der

    Hahaha, I celebrated Burns with a tin of premium Haggis and 10 yo Talisker near Springbok :-D

    1/30/20Reply

    You have managed this problem with your car really excelently, have a lot of fun with it.Many greetings.Anna

    1/25/20Reply
    Michi, der

    :-*

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  • Day7

    Match Report 3

    February 16, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    In our third match, against Bishops Academy, we were once again privileged to play a 25 over game in the valley of picturesque mountains. Given our last two results, there was some frustration within the team. However, we were determined to put on a strong performance.
    Having won the toss for the first time this tour, captain John Oliver opted to bat on what looked to be a nice wicket to be bat on. Unfortunately, this judgement wasn't entirely true, as openers Heginbottom and Khan not found when they fell to deliveries which stuck in the surface. The rest of the top order fell due to similar reasons, and many dismissals were very soft. The innings finished on 76/10 - courtesy of a brave counter-attacking 15*(22) from Adam McMurray - after 20 overs, and disappointed as we were at being unable to bat the full 25, we were confident our bowling attack could defend the score.
    Captain John Oliver opened with his own seam and swing, but inventively decided to use Percival's lethal leggies to get rid of the opposition top order. Unfortunately, whilst Oliver's tactics and a high intensity in the field threatened to cause an upset for the first 5/6 overs, the opposition comfortably chased the runs with many overs and 9 wickets to spare.
    Overall, it was a tough day in the field and we came out on the wrong issue of the result. That is not to say that there weren't positives in the field. Arman Khan pouched an extremely difficult wicket, diving at midwicket. In addition, fielding had generally improved, but nonetheless, we hope for a better result in our last game vs Newlands XI.
    After the Bishops game, we got to see one of their senior teams face an English county under the lights: a brilliant experience.
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    Alison Wilding

    Well done guys-you are giving it your all!Well done!Enjoy the final match.

    2/16/17Reply
    Alison Wilding

    Beautiful setting for a cricket match

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  • Day6

    Robben Island

    February 15, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After a visit to Table Mountain which we decided to delay for later due to massive queues, we were privileged to see Robben Island. Two guided tours, one from an ex-political prisoner, thoroughly informed us of the history of the island. We also got to see Nelson Mandela's cell during his time at the island. This morning we are returning to Table Mountain and then in the afternoon, we play Bishops School.Read more

    Alison Wilding

    A privilege

    2/15/17Reply
    Alison Wilding

    Sorry-not quite got the hang of findpenguins!Sounds like an amazing trip,I am enjoying the photos and the reports-thank you!

    2/15/17Reply
    Alison Wilding

    Amazing

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  • Day3

    Match Report 1 vs. Wynberg High School

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Our first match touring in SA was played at the picturesque Wynberg High School Ground.
    Following a tentative hour where overcast skies and light drizzles ( reminiscent of the climate we'd left behind) threatened to put the game in danger, both sides decided upon a 45 over match. Captain John Oliver's intensive practice tossing a coin paid off when he won it and opted to bowl given the Trent Bridge-esque conditions. The usual pairing of Oliver (9-2-25-2) and left arm quickie Arman Khan (9-1-50-1) opened up with some incisive fast bowling. Despite several half-chances, the duo were unfortunate to have just 3 wickets at the end of their respective spells. However, the introduction of talismanic legspinner Jamie Percival produced three wickets in three consecutive Percival overs, giving Academy a very promising 77-6 on the opposition scoreboard halfway through their innings. Nonetheless, complacency and tiring legs in the field gifted the opposition batsmen with a chance to rebuild with a brilliant 7th wicket partnership. Between them, the two batsmen involved in this partnership scored 117 towards the final total of 201/8 that they went on to reach.
    Despite strong bowling performances from Greg Macmillan (4-0-22-0), Adam McMurray (4-0-16-0) and Ruairidh Russell (5-0-26-1) in an attempt to restrain the opposition, and a wicket to Adnan Iqbal (1-0-9-1), we felt that we had let slip our tight hold on the match. Regardless of the scores though, there were some highlights in the field: Heginbottom and McMurray both made two difficult catches look simple and youngster Sambhav Chadha demonstrated composure above and beyond his years when he took a high catch with great skill. Once again, Fraser Gordon showcase exemplary keeping and picked up two thoroughly deserved stumpings. Overall, spirits were kept high in the field with a lot of noise and applause all round.
    Whilst chasing 202 was never going to be easy in the unfamiliar, tropical South African conditions, a good catch, an unnecessary run out, and a controversial umpiring decision which the umpire himself admitted was wrong left the tourists reeling at 45/8. In general, the situation could have been better read, given the fairly low required run rate of 4.5. However, with experienced Russell and debutant Christopher Holdstock at the crease, we set to rebuild the innings. What followed was simply astounding: a solid and composed knock of 12(39) from Holdstock by a stupendous effort from Ruairidh Russell. With a 360 degrees range of shots and one of the coolest heads I'm the team, he lay the foundations for a monumental 74*(99), brimming with luscious drives and powerful legside shots. The confidence and serenity with which he compiled his innings was an illustration of true grit and determination in difficult times. His 15 boundaries on the huge outfield was equally remarkable. Nevertheless, we went on to lose the game by 68 runs having scored 133/10.
    Whilst the eventual result didn't go our way, it was amazing to witness a true team perform in less than favourable conditions. Those who adapted we'll reaped the benefits and the rest of us can certainly learn from this. Thanks also to Mr Hariharan for what has been a great tour so far, Mr Menzies for some expert photography and Mr Pearce for some intensive but rewarding training.
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    Shaista Iqbal

    Well done boys...upwards and onwards!

    2/12/17Reply
    Shweta Chadha

    Fantastic effort... way to go!

    2/12/17Reply
    Shweta Chadha

    Very thorough report, Rick. Reading it made us feel that we were there. Thx

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  • Day3

    Thanks to Wynberg

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Thanks are also due to Wynberg High School who were warm, welcoming and accommodative hosts. Indeed, when our 11 batsmen had batted, they let our other 4 also come in. They were all lovely people and were always willing to tell us a bit about their school's heritage: Jacques Kallis.Read more

    Alison Wilding

    Lovely photo of the teams😃

    2/16/17Reply
     
  • Day2

    First afternoon

    February 11, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Having landed in a 35 degrees Celsius Cape Town, we reached our lovely hotel in a comfortable AC bus. After a sumptuous meal at the meat-orientated 'Spur' restaurant, inside the massive complex housing our hotel, we headed for a dip in the pool. Following 3 hours of swimming, football, more swimming, inventive slip fielding drills involving swimming and... more swimming, we're now heading out for a Cheeky Nandos ;) : more photos to follow.Read more

    Barbara Oliver

    Good start boys. You are certainly enjoying much better weather than we are in Lanzarote! ☔️

    2/11/17Reply
    Martin Oliver

    Meat orientated ? SA doesn't do anything else boys - get used to it!

    2/11/17Reply
    Nudrat Khan

    Looks great!

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  • Day22

    Der erste Tag in Kapstadt

    September 5, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Der fing schon nicht ganz so toll an, denn Aaron hatte aufeinmal dieselben Symptome wie ich und da wir uns nicht sicher waren was es war und ob es gefährlich ist sind wir zum Arzt gefahren. Einem deutschen Arzt...der sogenannte "Vertrauensarzt des deutschen Konsulats"!! Man merkte, er war froh mal wieder deutsche um sich zu haben, denn bevor er überhaupt anfing mit der Behandlung unterhielten wir uns ewig über unsere Reise und unsere Unterkunft.
    Als wir dann wieder raus waren wussten wir zumindest wir hatten nichts schlimmes und das war das wichtigste, trotzdem stand Schonprogramm auf dem Plan. Wir sind dann auf demselben Weg an einer Wäscherei vorbeigefahren die wir gestern durch Zufall entdeckt hatten. Wir mussten dringend mal wieder Wäsche waschen!!
    Gegen 18 Uhr waren wir dann wieder zuhause, haben den Blog für gestern noch schnell geschrieben und jetzt wird nur noch gekocht.
    Daumen drücken, dass es morgen wieder besser ist und wir unser Programm für Kapstadt durchziehen können!!!!!
    Achso neue Bilder gibt es natürlich nicht, aber wir haben noch so einiges das wir euch gerne zeigen würden.
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    Jochen M

    ...ich drücke ganz fest die Daumen, dass es euch morgen wieder besser geht...👍

    9/5/17Reply
    Roswitha Milster

    Das sind wirklich sehr schöne Bilder.

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  • Day12

    Hello 2020

    January 1, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Is there a better way to bring in 2020 than a visit to Camps Bay beach followed by a lunch (brunch?) braai in Edgemead with Paddy and Grace? We couldn’t think of one so that’s what we did! Ice cold sour orange lollies and all.Read more

    Jill Cairns

    Happy New Year!

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  • Day5

    Match Report 2

    February 14, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Yesterday morning we set off for a training session at the South African Cricket High School (SACS) followed by a T20 match against them.
    Following the 3 hour training session which included nets, target bowling, high catches, and fielding in the slip cordon, and after some lunch, we lost the toss and were sent in to field.
    The opposition immediately took the attack to opening bowlers John Oliver (4-0-26-0) and Arman Khan (4-0-50-2). First change Adam McMurray brought things under control with a brilliant 2 over spell: 2-0-15-0. However, the lack of a wicket meant that with the opposition set, they could take on our spinners. Both Jamie Percival (4-0-32-1) and Greg Macmillan (2-0-21-0) were targeted but both set fields to counter this. Nevertheless, with the opposition looking to threaten with a 200+ score, frustration and disappointment set in. Whilst Ruairidh Russell (3-0-29-0) did well to restrict the opposition, and Ross Heginbottom's solitary penultimate over (1-0-9-0) helped make sure that SACS were kept to 188/6, the fielding side looked a bit down after a hard day in the field.
    That is not to say that there were no positives: Fayz Siddiqui impressed behind the stumps with a very solid performance when he finished a run out, and made an amazing direct hit.
    Nonetheless, when Heginbottom and Khan strolled out to the crease, they knew that 190 was more than achievable given the fast outfield and flat track. Heginbottom immediately took the attack to the opposition by striking the ball very cleanly and sending the bowlers to all parts of the ground. However, when he found himself unfortunately run out on 12(8), the innings lost a sense of impetus. Our entire top order struggled and only John Oliver (48(46)) was able to make a score. We finished on 95/6, and lost the match by 93 runs.
    In the end, there were things to be happy about, and things to improve on. In their post-mortems, both Mr Pearce and Mr Hariharan captured it perfectly: we were playing some of the top cricketing schools in an elite cricketing nation. What was important was that we had given both teams a run for their money and moreover, learnt a lot about the game.
    Thanks to both our coaches for their helpful advice and constructive criticism, and to SACS for their warm welcome to us and an invitation to have dinner with him.
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    Martin Oliver

    Keep going boys - you are learning all the time Views look amazing!

    2/14/17Reply
    Nudrat Khan

    Good effort boys. Keep going

    2/14/17Reply
    Alison Wilding

    Well done!Great Work Captain!

    2/16/17Reply
     

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