Blasts from the past: Nourse can’t save SA from Oz
And other highlights on this day in history
Today in sports history: March 6
1950 — South Africa suffer their heaviest cricket Test defeat, losing by an innings and 259 runs to Australia in Port Elizabeth. The match was scheduled for four days, but was over in three. Three Australians scored centuries in their total of 549/7 declared. The South Africans were bowled out for 158 and 132. Only skipper Dudley Nourse managed a half-century, making 55 in the second innings. That remained South Africa’s worst losing margin until 2002.
1953 — South Africa’s cricketers begin their first-ever Test against New Zealand in Wellington. South Africa go on to win by an innings and 180 runs in four days. Opener Jackie McGlew top-scored with an unbeaten 255 in South Africa’s 524/8 declared. New Zealand were bowled out for identical totals of 172 and 172. John Watkins, Hugh Tayfield and Anton Murray each took five wickets.
1976 — South Africa win all four gold medals on offer at the world bowls championships at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg, the only time in the history of the tournament that one nation has achieved a clean sweep. South Africa also secure the Leonard trophy as the top team. Doug Watson, 31, is crowned the youngest singles world champion at the time, although on the last day’s play he loses his final match to England’s 1966 world champion David Bryant. South Africa’s Bill Moseley, Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti and Kelvin Lightfoot narrowly defeat England 15-13 to take the fours gold. Several days earlier Watson and Moseley had triumphed in the pairs and Campbell, Gatti and Lightfoot in the triples. Watson, a salesman from the East Rand, is regarded as the star of the South African team. He took up bowls at 20 after breaking his right arm in two places during a rugby match. “It was not set properly and gave me a lot of trouble afterwards,” said Watson, who as a result quit rugby, tennis, cricket and soccer.
1982 — South Africa’s cricketers engage in their first-ever limited overs match, although it never counted as a one-day international because it was against a rebel English team during international isolation. Captain Graham Gooch plays aggressively as he hits 114 runs off 132 deliveries to help the tourists reach 240/5 at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. But it wasn’t enough with the hosts in rampant form. Openers Jimmy Cook (82 from 118 balls) and Barry Richards (62 from 89) laid the platform, but it was 38-year-old Graeme Pollock, clubbing an unbeaten 57 off 44 deliveries, who earned the bulk of the praise as South Africa won by seven wickets with 16 balls remaining.
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