Blasts from the past: English rebels kicked out of SA in ’90
Today in SA sports history: February 13
1972 — Eric de Vries, described as “a sort of seam bowler”, takes seven wickets for four runs to help Springs High School Old Boys bowl out Benoni in a club cricket match.
1977 — Allrounder Alan Kourie hits a home run as his Giants team smash Bears 14-0 in a Castle Cup quarterfinal. The previous day Kourie, an allrounder for the Transvaal cricket side, scored an undefeated 40 runs in a Currie Cup match against Rhodesia before bowling 0/46 in 15 overs. Kourie represented SA in both sports, a feat that has become more difficult in the professional era with longer seasons.
1978 — It is reported that SA will field its first-ever mixed Davis Cup team when they meet the US in Nashville, Tennessee, the following month. Selectors included junior Peter Lamb, a coloured from Cape Town who was studying at university in Nashville. He wouldn’t play, but would get experience being with a squad that included doubles partners Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan, who ended up scoring SA’s only point in the tie. Bernie Mitton and Byron Bertram were unable to make a dent against Vitas Gerulaitis and Harold Solomon.
1982 — Robbie Williams fails in his challenge for the WBA’s newly created cruiserweight title, losing by split decision over 15 rounds to Ossie Ocasio of Puerto Rico for the vacant belt at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. One judge gave it to the South African by two points, but the other two had his opponent winning by four points.
1990 — Mike Gatting’s English rebel cricket tour is curtailed with one Test and six one-day matches unplayed. The decision was made after widespread protests, including by some hotel staff, forcing Gatting to cook his own dinner at one stage. But the final straw was a bomb that blew up the ticket sales office at Newlands on February 12. The one-day game due to be played there on February 27 had already been sold out in a day and a half.
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