Cape Town during budget week dishes up interesting chance encounters. I bumped into Brian Kantor on Friday morning in the foyer of my hotel. He quickly roped me into attending his talk to the SA Property Owners’ Association at the Capital Hotel 15 on Orange where, he relayed, once stood the cricket pitch of Sacs Rosedale, his alma mater. A concrete pitch with concrete nets.

As anyone who has ever played on a concrete pitch will know, once the pitch cracks under the AstroTurf the pace and uneven bounce can transform even mediocre bowling attacks into lethal opponents. SA is facing a barrage that would make facing the feared West Indian quartet of Roberts, Holding, Garner and Croft on a concrete pitch seem pedestrian...

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