Blast from the past: Gibbs drops the ball - and the cup

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Blast from the past: Gibbs drops the ball - and the cup

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Today in SA sports history: June 13

1999 — Australia head to Headingley in Leeds desperately needing to beat SA in their final Super Six match to stay in the World Cup. Having lost to New Zealand and Pakistan early in the tournament, they had no more breathing room. Herschelle Gibbs scored 101 and Daryll Cullinan 50 as SA reached 271/7 in their 50 overs. SA were in control when skipper Steve Waugh joined Ricky Ponting with Australia on 48/3. But they fought to take it to 152/3, and Lance Klusener was bowling the last ball of the 31st over. Waugh got an inside edge and the ball flew to Gibbs at mid-wicket. Gibbs, instead of taking an easy catch, tried to backflip the ball in an elaborate manoeuvre and dropped it. Waugh, on 56 at the time, went on to score an unbeaten 120 and lead Australia  to victory by five wickets. A tale emerged afterwards that as Gibbs dropped the ball, Waugh said to him: “You’ve just dropped the World Cup, son.” Waugh said later he had made no such comment, but added he liked the story. The results meant Australia and SA would play again in the semifinals four days later.

2015 — Wayde van Niekerk breaks his own SA 400m record as he wins the Diamond League race in New York in 44.24sec. A year earlier he had run 44.38...

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