2009 Newlands Cricket Ground Cape Town South Africa

The painting of the Newlands Cricket Ground is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s worldwide Art of Cricket Series. (Cover Number MCC 027). It was produced during the Friends Provident Trophy Match at Lords on the 25 July 2009. The stamp is a limited edition “Smiler” (Pstamp) bearing the MCC logo and set of wickets. It has been cancelled on the 25th July 2009, the final day of the match. It was produced by Chapman and Mitchell Covers in association with Bletchley Park Post Office. (now closed 2015)

It shows a painting of the Newlands Cricket Ground done by South African artist Gordon Taylor. Alfred Gordon Taylor (1891-1971) lost a leg in the Great War of 1914/18. In the Second World War, as Major Gordon Taylor, he achieved distinction as one of S Africa’s most famous war artists – his paintings are in the SA War Museum – and later was a popular painter of thoroughbred racehorses.

The 1998 AFL Ansett Australia Cup was the Australian Football League competition played in its entirety before the Australian Football League’s 1998 Premiership Season began. It culminated the Final in March 1998. The AFL National Cup is also sometimes referred to as the pre-season cup because it is played in its entirety before the Premiership Season begins.

As an exhibition match the Brisbane Lions played the Fremantle Dockers at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. Brisbane won the match by 22 points before a crowd of 10,1233. Brisbane scored 18.17 (125) to Fremantle 16.7 (103) on Sunday 22 February.