Blast from the past: Springboks tame Lions in ’68 series
Today in SA sports history: July 27
1947 — Three South Africans strike success at the French Championships (forerunner to the French Open), with Eric Sturgess taking both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles crowns. He and countryman Eustace Fannin won the men’s doubles by beating American Tom Brown and Bill Sidwell of Australia 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3. Then Sturgess teamed up with another compatriot, Sheila Summers, to take the mixed doubles mantle by beating Christian Caralulis of Romania and Pole Jadwiga Jedrzejowska 6-0 6-0. Sturgess also made the final of the men’s singles, losing 6-8 5-7 4-6 to Jozsef Asboth of Hungary.
1951 — SA’s Eric Rowan, 160 not out overnight, goes on to score 236 on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Leeds. His brother Athol took 5/174 a few days later as the matched ended in a draw, with the home side leading the five-match series 2-1...
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