St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Tournaments St George's Park - Eastern Province vs Rhodesia, 1954
Eastern Province vs Rhodesia, 1954

December 27th, 28th, 29th, 1954

St George's Park

Du Toit won the toss.

Batting first on a good wicket Easterns lost Birrell and Norton before the position was retrieved by Dakin and Murray.

The former's 81, his highest first class score to date, was a painstaking effort from a young player rapidly making his mark as an opening bat.

By contrast, Springbok Murray displayed all the strokes and considerable aggression.

His fourth first class century occupied 34 hours.

Another bright spot was the 49 scored by McKinnon in as many minutes against an attack weakened by the absence of McBride and Paton.

Only Lewis, Harris and Hitzeroth managed to survive the wiles of the Blenkinsop/Murray combination and at lunch on the second day Rhodesia's score was 7 for 97.

Compelled to follow-on, they were again, only a shadow of the powerful side we saw carrying all before them in Salisbury and Bulawayo.

Had it not been for a valuable 79 from debutante O'Connel-Jones, who just failed to carry his bat, the visitors would have been completely outclassed.

Murray and McKinnon were virtually unplayable and after bowling 15 overs each had only conceded 10 and 9 runs respectively.

South African Cricket Annual 1955.

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