Blast from the past: historic hat-trick for Van Vollenhoven
Today in SA sports history: August 20
1920 — Bevil Rudd bags the second of his three Olympic medals at the Antwerp Games, this time winning 400m gold to add to his 800m silver. He clocked 49.6 to comfortably hold off his nearest rival, Guy Butler of Britain (49.9).
1947 — Opening batsman Bruce Mitchell scores an unbeaten 189 to add to the 120 he made in the first innings as SA draw the final fifth test against England at the Oval. He was on the field for all but 10 minutes of the four-day match, and that was in the final period of the SA first innings when his teammates added nine runs to the total. Mitchell and Dudley Nourse, 97, put on 184 for the third wicket in the second innings. Nourse was denied a likely century when he was given out in bizarre circumstances. A delivery by spinner Dick Howorth glanced off his calf and the bowler appealed for leg before while wicketkeeper Godfrey Evans went up for a caught behind. Nourse was, apparently correctly, given not out on both counts, but then England captain Len Hutton at first slip noticed a bail on the ground and pointed this out to the umpires who then proceeded to give Nourse out bowled, even though the ball hadn’t touched his stumps. The home side, however, won the series 3-0...
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