Blasts from the past: SA’s first Test after 22 years of isolation
Today in sports history: April 18
1992 — South Africa’s cricketers play their first Test after 22 years in isolation, taking on the West Indies in a one-off encounter at Bridgetown. Richard Snell takes the first two Test wickets, dismissing openers Phil Simmons (35) and then Desmond Haynes (58) to help SA take the early ascendancy, but heartbreak was waiting down the line.
1992 — Welcome Ncita makes the sixth defence of his IBF junior-featherweight crown as he outpoints Jesus Salud in Treviolo, Italy. As it turns out it will be his last successful defence, because he will lose the title in his next outing. On the undercard, in an eight-round fight between two future world champions, Vuyani Bungu takes on American Freddie Norwood. Norwood, who will become the WBA featherweight champion, wins on points. Bungu will eventually take Ncita’s belt two years later and he’ll face Salud, Ncita’s opponent, in one of his defences.
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