St George’s Park came alive with every boundary or heart-stopping six when almost 11 000 cricket fans turned up to watch the Proteas take on West Indies in a sunny Port Elizabeth yesterday.
But nothing compared to the loud roar when an ecstatic David Miller scored his first international ODI century for South Africa.
Miller’s unrestrained joy was more than matched by that of the enthusiastic crowd, who cheered and danced as he raised his bat in delight.
St George’s erupted as Miller, after reaching the milestone, launched an assault in which he added two fours and three sixes off the last 11 balls he faced before the innings came to an end.
The Windies’ one-wicket victory over South Africa – their first win against the Proteas at St George’s – was a cruel result for Miller who was also responsible for a run out and a leaping catch.
Westering resident Shaun du Toit, 29, said it would be the Windies’ last win at St George’s.
“The Proteas have shown us once again that they are the best in the world,” he said.
“We had a slow start to the game, but as the crowd got bigger so did our score.
“This stadium has a vibe unlike any other in the country. And I am sure the sound of the crowd and atmosphere provided by the band all adds to the players’ performance,” Du Toit said.
Uitenhage resident Chantel Julies, 25, spent the afternoon dancing to the beat
– Tremaine van Aardt
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