Blasts from the past: Band of Bok boets beat England at last
Today in SA sports history: January 4
1906 — SA’s cricketers win their first-ever Test in their 12th contest since their debut in 1889, beating England by one wicket in the first Test in Johannesburg. Needing 284 to win, the home side reached the target in the 113th over on the fourth day, with Dave Nourse top-scoring with an unbeaten 93 and Gordon White making 81. SA’s fourth-innings total was the highest of the match by far, with England making 184 and 190, and the hosts just 91 in their first innings.
1913 — The Springboks score their first-ever win over England as they emerge victorious 9-3 at Twickenham. Centre Jacky Morkel scored a try for the Boks while his relative, captain Dougie Morkel, landed two penalties. Fullback Gerhard Morkel was Jackie’s brother and Boy Morkel, a forward, was their cousin. The Bok team also included the Luyt brothers, Richard, Freddie and John.
2012 — Jacques Kallis, resuming on 159, scores the second double century of his career on the second day of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Cape Town. He made a career best 224 before being caught off the bowling of Rangana Herath. Kallis batted for over seven hours and faced 325 balls.
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