Blast from the past: Gibbs helps SA chase down record score


Blast from the past: Gibbs helps SA chase down record score

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: March 12

1889 — SA compete in their first-ever cricket Test, playing England in Port Elizabeth. The match, scheduled for three days, was over in two. The hosts were bowled out for 84 and 129, and England, scoring 148 and 67/2, won by eight wickets. Only two SA batsmen made double figures in SA’s first innings, opener Bernard Tancred (29) and skipper Owen Dunell (26). Tancred was SA’s top-scorer in the second innings again, managing 29 once more. The first SA bowler to take a Test wicket was left-arm medium-pacer Gus Kempis, who bowled George Ulyett for four. Kempis took 3/53 in England’s first innings and 1/23 in the second. That was his only Test.

2006 — SA score a then-record ODI total of 438 as they clinch a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia at the Wanderers. Australia had posted 434/4 in their 50 overs, with captain Ricky Ponting scoring 164 from 105 balls. Herschelle Gibbs, batting at three, fired 175 from 111 deliveries to give the platform for victory. But it went down to the wire with Mark Boucher hitting four off the penultimate ball, bowled by Brett Lee, to clinch the win that also gave SA a 3-2 series win...

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