Blasts from the past: Hansie’s gamble doesn’t pay off
Today in SA sports history: January 18
2000 — England beat SA by two wickets to win the rain-hit final fifth Test at Centurion. Three days were lost to bad weather, and by agreement, England declared their first innings on 0/0 and SA captain Hansie Cronje forfeited SA’s second innings to make a match of it. The idea, initially thought to be Cronje’s, was initially hailed as a great move for Test cricket, but it emerged later that it had actually been initiated by a bookmaker. England had needed 249 to win, and reached the target in the 76th over.
2004 — Mbulelo Mabizela scores a late own goal as Bafana Bafana go down 1-2 to Senegal in a friendly in Dakar. Siyabonga Nomvete had put SA into an early lead, but the home side equalised through Malick Diop. This was the final warm-up match for both teams ahead of the African Nations’ Cup tournament in Tunisia.
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