St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Club to relinquish bat, ball
Club to relinquish bat, ball
THE Port Elizabeth Cricket Club has bowed to pressure and will hand over the valuable 1876 walnut and satinwood Champion Bat and the 1889 first Test cricket ball to the Eastern Province Amateur Cricket Board for safekeeping this morning.
The move comes in the wake of the controversial attempt to sell it to the Marylebone Cricket Club in London in order to boost the PECC’s coffers.
Although The Herald has established that the Mayor of Port Elizabeth must decide where the ball is finally kept, the PECC will still symbolically hand the valuable items over.
EPACB president Raymond Uren said last night: “The handing over of the bat and ball by one of our affiliates is a recognition that the EPACB, on behalf of all the cricketers in the Eastern Province and South Africa, is the rightful custodian of these heritage items.”
Dr Ali Bacher, former UCB chief executive and 2003 World Cup cricket chief, said last night that the mayor needed to be consulted over the items’ placement.
February 1, 2005.