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Tournaments St George's Park - World Cup matches in PE a ‘huge success’, says ecstatic Bacher
World Cup matches in PE a ‘huge success’, says ecstatic Bacher
Lourens Schoeman

The World Cup matches in Port Elizabeth had been a huge success, Cricket World Cup executive director Ali Bacher said.

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Dr Ali Bacher
Dr Bacher was in Port Elizabeth for the semi-final between Australia and Sri Lanka on March 18, 2003.

The Aussies won by 48 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system after the match had to be abandoned because of rain after 38.1 overs of the Sri Lankan innings.

Dr Bacher said all international visitors, international journalists and spectators he spoke to had lavished praise on the Eastern Province Cricket Board and Port Elizabeth for the way in which the matches here were organised.

“Everyone said the volunteers were brilliant, the organisation exemplary and the treatment they received from the public wonderful,” Dr Bacher said.

“With 52 of the World Cup matches already played, there have been no pitch invasions, not one streaker and not one drunken brawl.

“I am extremely proud of the St George’s Park crowds and also of the crowds throughout the country. It is pretty unique for our country that so many matches could have been played without any incidents,” he said.

Dr Bacher said EPCB chief executive Dave Emslie and his team deserved a lot of credit for the success of the matches played in Port Elizabeth.

“Their planning and the way it was implemented has been great, we are very pleased.

“Port Elizabeth Mayor Nceba Faku and his council and staff also contributed in a big way.

“Right from day one they were very positive and their contributions have been outstanding.”

Mr Emslie said the best face of Port Elizabeth had been put forward during the matches at St George’s Park.

“The crowd, not only today (yesterday) but at all matches behaved exceptionally well and contributed to the positive and festive atmosphere at the ground,” he said.

“They will look back at the World Cup matches here with fond memories for a long time.”

He said he wanted to thank the suite owners, sponsors and the general public for their contribution to the success of the matches.

Aussie speedster Brett Lee produced another fiery spell to spearhead Australia to their third successive World Cup final.

After Marvan Atapattu was dropped at cover with his score on 14, Lee responded immediately with a delivery timed at 160,1km/h which bowled the opener neck and crop. Chasing 213 to win, the Lankans were on 121 for seven when the rain came down.

Eastern Province Herald
March 19, 2003.

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