Blast from the past: Hek of a night at Emperors Palace


Blast from the past: Hek of a night at Emperors Palace

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Today in SA sports history: September 19

1998 — A weakened Proteas team shocks a full-strength Australian side to win the Commonwealth Games cricket gold in Kuala Lumpur. A couple of younger players were blooded at the expense of experienced players like skipper Hansie Cronje and fast bowler Alan Donald, but they came through with flying colours. Shaun Pollock, the SA captain for the tournament, won the toss and put the Aussies in to bat on a tricky pitch, and then got rid of their top three for 28 runs. An unbeaten 90 by skipper Steve Waugh helped Australia to 183. Only Mike Rindel (67), Jacques Kallis (44) and Andrew Hudson (36) made double figures for SA, but it was enough as they reached the target with four overs to spare. That remains the only Games where cricket was on the roster.

2015 — Hekkie Budler retains his WBA strawweight title as he outpoints Simphiwe Khonco at Emperors Palace...

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