Blast from the past: Rabada runs in hard to help topple Aussies
Today in SA sports history: June 7
1947 — Captain Alan Melville, who had made his Test debut in 1938, scores an unbeaten 183 on the first day of SA’s first cricket Test in eight years against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. He was eventually dismissed for 189 and would go on to become the first South African to score a century in both innings of a Test, following up with an unbeaten 104 in the second innings. SA, having bowled out England for 208 and 551, were chasing 227 for victory, but were 166/1 when stumps were pulled on the final fourth day of play. Melville’s 189 was SA’s third highest score at the time, but is now outside the top 35. SA went on to lose the five-match series 3-0.
1980 — Cameron Adams wins the vacant Transvaal middleweight title when he knocks out Samson Mohloai in the fifth round of their scheduled 10-rounder in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg. That earned him a crack at the vacant national title against Bruce McIntyre in a rematch of their 1979 thriller that was named Fight of the Year. But the return never materialised. Adams, facing a murder charge, was shot three times in an attempted hit by a member of the Fast Guns gang in Westbury in December 1980. He survived, and in February 1981 shot a man dead. Three days later Adams’s older brother Richard was gunned down outside his flat. Adams scuppered the case against his own attackers as he told the court he had been under the influence of drugs when he had implicated them. In August 1981 Adams, accompanied by a member of the Spaldings gang, shot a second victim dead. Adams was eventually convicted of the two later murders and sentenced to death. His claim that his actions were necessitated by a kill-or-be-killed lifestyle of gangs in the townships reserved for coloureds in Johannesburg was dismissed. Adams was 28 when he was hanged in November 1984...
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