Blast from the past: Mwelase win is one for the books

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Blast from the past: Mwelase win is one for the books

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Today in SA sports history: March 25

1889 — In only their second test match, SA are annihilated by England in Cape Town, losing by an innings and 202 runs. Batting first, the visitors scored 292, with opener Bobby Abel officially becoming the first batsman to score a century against SA, top-scoring with 120. The match, scheduled for three days, was over inside of two, with SA being bowled out twice for 47 and 43. Only Fred Smith reached double figures for SA in the second innings, scoring 11 off 28 balls. That would remain SA’s heaviest test defeat until 1950.

1907 — SA-born Andrew Jephtha becomes the first boxer of colour to win a British boxing title when he knocks out Curly Watson, the British Empire and English welterweight champion, in the fourth round of their scheduled 20-rounder at Mile End in London. Jephtha, who boxed in Cape Town from 1895 to 1901, furthered his career in England, but suffered a detached retina in one of his ring wars. Fighting too soon after undergoing surgery to correct the problem didn’t help, and he ended up going blind...

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