Blast from the past: Mitchell steers SA to first Test win in ...


Blast from the past: Mitchell steers SA to first Test win in England

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Today in SA sports history: July 2

1907 — SA skipper Percy Sherwell scores the country’s first century on foreign soil, hitting 115 in the enforced second innings on the second day of the first Test against England at Lord’s. It was the first Test the visitors had played outside SA. With no play possible on the final third day, the match ended in a draw. 

1921 — Brian Norton becomes the first South African to get into the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, and takes defending champion Bill Tilden the distance as he goes down in five sets 6-4 6-2 1-6 0-6 5-7. But it was a match Norton might have won, failing to convert two match points in the final set. Officially he remains the only South African to have reached the men’s final, with Kevin Curren having switched nationality to the US by the time he appeared on centre court in 1985...

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