Blasts from the past: Dale Hayes squashes Seve in 1978
Today in SA sports history: May 15
1978 — Dale Hayes wins his second European Tour event in as many weeks, taking the French Open by an incredible 11 shots. He carded an overall 269 with Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros the runner-up on 280. Hayes, who had won the Italian Open the week before, shot rounds of 66, 69, 67, 67.
1993 — “Baby” Jake Matlala, at 1.48m the shortest professional boxer in the world at the time, wins the first of his four world titles when he stops Pat Clinton in the eighth round for the WBO flyweight crown in Glasgow. It was Matlala’s second world title shot after losing to Dave McAuley for the IBF belt two years earlier.
1994 — Mzukisi Sikali and Lindi Memani, both future world champions, face off for the SA junior-flyweight title that had been vacant since Matlala had relinquished it. This is their third meeting, having drawn over six rounds in 1990 and Sikali winning the fight provincial junior-flyweight title on points the following year. The fight for the national crown is at the Orient Theatre, in Memani’s backyard, but it is Port Elizabeth-based Sikali who emerges victorious, scoring a knockdown en route to a unanimous points victory.
1999 — The Proteas get their World Cup campaign in England off to a winning start by beating India by four wickets at Hove. The Indians make 253/5, spearheaded by opener Saurav Ganguly’s 97 and 54 by Rahul Dravid. Lance Klusener took 3/66 and Allan Donald was economical with 1/34 in his 10 overs. Jacques Kallis anchored SA to victory, making 96 from 128 balls.
2004 — SA beats Morocco and Egypt for the right to host the 2010 World Cup. The announcement in Zurich was attended by ex-president Nelson Mandela. SA beat Morocco by 14 votes to 10. Egypt didn’t get a single vote.
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