Blasts from the past


Blasts from the past

David Isaacson

On this day in history — February 6
1953 — South Africa go into the fifth and final cricket Test of the away series in Australia trailing 2-1. The match in Melbourne was a a six-day affair with eight-ball overs. Batting first Australia made 520 after Neil Harvey scored 205. SA, captained by Jack Cheetham, team replied with 435 but paceman Eddie Fuller and spinner Hugh Tayfield hit back taking 5/66 and 3/73 to bowl out Australia for 209 in their second innings. Russell Endean (70) and Roy McLean (76) guided the visitors to a six-wicket victory on the final sixth day to tie the series 2-2.
1981 — Sydney Maree clocked a hand-timed 13min 38.3sec at the Millrose Games in New York, a South African indoor record that remains to this day.
1982 — Leonard “Wagga Wagga” Likoebe of Kaizer Chiefs scored a hattrick to wrap up the BP Cup in the second leg of the final against Mokoka Swallows Ltd at Orlando Stadium. Chiefs won the match 3-1 and the final 7-2 on aggregate. Likoebe had been a reserve in the first leg.
1982 — Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe wins the Sun City Classic, his fourth victory in five weeks, banking R16,000 and clinching the Sunshine Circuit Order of Merit with two tournaments to play. His season’s earnings of R65,560 was a record for the tour at the time.
1999 — Vuyani Bungu stopped Victor Lerena of Colombia to make the 13th successful defence of his IBF junior featherweight title at the Carousel casino north of Pretoria. He eclipsed the South African record of 12 successful title defences previously held by WBA junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell. It was also the second time Bungu had faced Lerena, having outpointed him in his third defence in April 1995. Bungu relinquished the title afterwards. 
2000 — Bafana Bafana eliminate co-hosts Ghana from the African Nations Cup. The South Africans, captained by Lucas Radebe, took on Ghana in Kumasi in the quarterfinals of the competition. Siyabonga Nomvete fired in the only goal of the match late in the first half to secure a famous 1-0 victory. South Africa were knocked out by Nigeria, the other co-hosts in the semifinals, but beat Tunisia on penalties to clinch third place.

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