Blast from the past: Boks blitz England at Twickenham


Blast from the past: Boks blitz England at Twickenham

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Today in SA sports history: November 29

1921 — SA’s cricket team is dominated by Australia who win the final third Test at Newlands by 10 wickets to take the series 1-0. Billy Zulch’s 50 in SA’s first innings was the top score for the home side, who made 180 and 216 in their two knocks. The visitors, who made 396 batting second, needed just one run to win the match. They sent out tail-enders Arthur Mailey, a spin bowler, and Sammy Carter, a specialist wicketkeeper. Mailey scored the winning run off the first ball, delivered by batsman Philip Hands, who bowled just 37 balls in Test cricket without taking a wicket.   

1956 — Daan Bekker secures an Olympic heavyweight boxing medal for SA at the Melbourne Games as he wins his quarterfinal bout by knocking out Argentinian Jose Giorgetti in the first round. Bekker, a policeman, put his opponent through the ropes at one point. Henry Loubscher, a fitter and turner, also advanced to the light-welterweight semifinals by outpointing American Joseph Shaw, a Golden Gloves champion from St Louis. Both Bekker and Loubscher went on to lose their semifinal bouts, which meant they became automatic bronze medallists. Bekker was beaten by eventual gold medallist Pete Rademacher of the US, who later unsuccessfully challenged Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight crown in his professional debut. Loubscher also lost to the eventual champion, Vladimir Yengibaryan of the Soviet Union...

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