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Blast from the past: Mitchell marches to 10th title defence

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Blast from the past: Mitchell marches to 10th title defence

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Today in SA sports history: March 14

1906 — SA’s cricketers claim their first-ever series triumph, beating England by 243 runs in the third Test at the Old Wanderers for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match contest. Maitland Hathorn and Gordon White scored a century in each SA innings, of 385 and 349/5 declared. The hosts’ opening bowler, Tip Snooke, took 8/70 as England, chasing 440 for victory, were bowled out for 196. He finished the match with a haul of 12/127.

1939 — The one-off “timeless Test” between SA and England, which started on March 3, finally ends after 10 days. There was no play on the two Sundays it ran over. Both teams agreed to call it a draw in the end, though at the time England were 42 runs away from victory with five wickets standing. England won series 1-0...

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