Blast from the past: Proteas get first taste of heartbreak


Blast from the past: Proteas get first taste of heartbreak

Today in sports history

David Isaacson

Today in sports history: March 22
1992 — South Africa’s cricketers get their first taste of World Cup heartbreak. They’re in the semifinals of the first World Cup tournament they’ve competed in, facing England in a day-night encounter in Sydney. South Africa win the toss and elect to bowl first, and Zimbabwe-born Graeme Hick struck 83 from 90 balls to lead England to 252/6 in a rain-shortened 45 overs. Andrew Hudson (46) and Adrian Kuiper (36) kept SA in the hunt until Brian McMillan (21 not out) and Dave Richardson (13 not out) came together at the crease. Needing 22 runs from 14 balls, the rain came down for 12 minutes, and when play resumed the target was first revised to 22 runs from seven balls, and then again to 22 runs off one ball.

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