St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Eastern Province vs Transvaal, 1952
Eastern Province vs Transvaal, 1952January 12, 14, 15, 1952.
Played at the Union Ground, Port Elizabeth.
This needle match, with both teams at the wrong end of the table and anxious to stave off the relegation bogey, took place on the Union Olympic Ground instead of the more famous international stadium, Crusader.
Rowan won the toss and spoilt the amazing sequence built up by Eastern Province captains in the past.
Transvaal batted all day for 305 runs, but never mastered the accurate Province attack and were always well behind the clock.
Rowan lost his wicket with the score exactly 100.
C. Tayfield played a determined innings lasting 3 and a quarter hours, and with Bruorton provided the best cricket of the afternoon.
James, making his Currie Cup debut, gave indications of exceptional promise.
Replying on the Monday, Province, after losing both opening batsmen without scoring, compiled 301 for 7 in seven hours' play, thanks mainly to a magnificent and cultured 152 not out from John Waite.
The young Springbok came out to face the third ball of the innings and was joined by his captain 10 runs later.
Between them they put on 160 for the third wicket and laid the foundation for a good total.
Norton played another sound knock and on his present form merits consideration by the selectors.
After a short delay owing to rain, Eastern Province took first innings points on the final morning and went ahead to a 50-run lead before Waite, in playing back, dislodged the balls.
As the result of his brilliant eight-hour innings, which included 10 fours, he became the first batsman to pass the 500 mark this season.
Transvaal lost Rowan early, and with Ward, Kimber and Bruorton back in the pavilion, Province appearad well set for an outright victory.
C. Tayfield and Endean more than doubled the score, the latter again emphasising his all-round ability.
Eastern Province won on the first innings.
South African Cricket Annual 1951 -1952