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Majola rejects PECC offer
Ivor Markman

The 1876 Champion Bat and 1899 first Test cricket ball saga continued to upset cricket officials after the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club (PECC) offered to hand the bat over to the Eastern Province Amateur Cricket Board (EPACB) in a public ceremony, which was to be attended by the media.

United Cricket Board (UCB) president, Gerald Majola, said from Dubai that the offer was unacceptable and that the PECC must hand over the ball as well.

At the same time he acknowledged that there were items that belonged to the PECC and Crusaders in the showcase in the PECC premises.

The offer from the PECC came after a meeting with the EPACB on Monday night. Both EPACB president Raymond Uren and PECC president Terry Reid declined to comment about the meeting.

In an exclusive interview with The Herald from Dubai Majola said, “They (the PECC) will not get away with it as simply as that. They are not going to keep the ball as it is of national interest and not PECC interest. All these items belong in a proper cricket museum. We cannot allow a similar situation to arise again where the PECC attempt to sell these objects of national interest.”

The PECC is still claiming that the objects belong to them.

January 26, 2005.

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