Thursday 08 January 2009

Graeme Smith arrives in Cape Town

posted by Kerry-Anne
Graeme Smith arriving at Cape Town International AirportIf you follow cricket, then you'll know that South Africa made history recently by winning a test series against Australia IN Australia. You'll probably also know that Graeme Smith, the captain of the South African side, got hit by a ball on the second day of the third test (South Africa having won the first two tests), breaking his left hand. Despite being in obvious pain, he came out to bat at number 11 on the final day of the match, in an effort to stop Australia from winning the final test. (I'm not ashamed to say that I cried when the radio commentator announced that he was walking onto the field.) He scored three runs, amazingly, but was unfortunately bowled out when there were just ten balls left in the game.

We went through to the airport this evening to join other fans in welcoming our Captain Courageous back home. Unfortunately, it seems that ACSA's online real-time flight info is not quite as real-time as one might have hoped. Graeme's flight landed a full thirty minutes early, but the "expected arrival time" was only updated AFTER the flight had already landed. So, sadly, we arrived too late and missed him.

Fortunately we came across four really friendly and helpful policemen and -women, one of whom agreed to let us post the photos he had taken of Graeme with his cellphone. Thanks, Albert; you are indeed an officer and a gentleman. :)

You can see the other photos on Cape Town Daily Photo Extras.


Anonymous Beverley said...

Oh what a shame you missed seeing him but the important thing is Paul you made the effort and went there...

09 January 2009 10:14 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

@Beverley, yes, but I do feel sorry for Graeme, I don't think there was a huge welcome home from fans - we saw others arriving as we were leaving. I think many were caught by surprise when his flight landed so early.

10 January 2009 10:10 PM  

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