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Crowds flock to Test cricket
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Durban - Spectators are flocking to Test match cricket this summer to see the world’s number one and two-ranked test teams battle it out during the three-match Castle Test series.
Over 50 000 tickets have been sold for the Boxing Day Test match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, as fans rush to be part of the action after the historic first Test match at Centurion.
According to KwaZulu Natal Cricket Union CEO Jesse Chellan, there has been increased interest in this year’s Boxing Day Test compared to previous years, and he is looking forward to a bumper test match.
“There has definitely been more interest in this match and pre-sales have been very encouraging. We have been working closely with Cricket South Africa and Castle Lager to ensure a family friendly environment that appeals to a wide spectrum of fans. We are excited about hosting the two top test sides in the world.”
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola said: “Test match cricket is the purest form of the game and CSA is delighted at the response from cricket fans. The first Castle Test match was a brilliant advert for Test cricket and we look forward to another enthralling encounter in Durban.
“Ticket prices have been pegged to suit all pockets, including those who want to include the whole family. This is a great chance to witness a once-in-a lifetime Test and full houses will help the Proteas’ no end to continue their winning ways.”
Rob Fleming, Head of Sponsorships at the South African Breweries (SAB) said: “Test Cricket has historically delivered excellent TV audiences, but recently we’ve been delighted to see crowd support for the Proteas improve significantly.”
The Boxing Day Test match will see a return of the popular Cash is King competition, which sees fans winning a spot prize of R10 000 per day during the first three days, and putting themselves in line to win the overall R100 000 prize in a HIT THE WICKET competition during day four of the final Test in Cape Town.
Day three of the Test match is dedicated to the fans as Castle Lager go in search of Proteas Superfans, who will be rewarded for their creativity with a trip to watch the Proteas in action in India.
In a limited festive ticket special, fans can buy two adult tickets and get two kids tickets and a KFC hamper free plus VIP access to the KFC Family area, which takes place on day two of the remaining Test matches. This offer is only valid for ticket purchases made at the stadium.
Children being hosted in KFC Family area are invited to play in the KFC Mini Cricket festival, which takes place during the lunch break. The festival will see hundreds of youngsters getting the opportunity to play on the same fields as their heroes.
Children and parents can also play cricket and have fun at the KFC Mini Cricket Action Zone. Fans can also register at the zone to stand a chance of winning a KFC Mini Cricket action party for them and their friends, hosted by AB de Villiers and Makhaya Ntini.
Ticket prices for the Castle Test series range from R20-R80 per day.
Fans can purchase tickets via TicketPros - cricket.ticketpros.co.za
or call centre: 087 151 4400, @ PostNet outlets and at all host venues.
Young child enjoying the KFC Mini Cricket Action Zone at Centurion