St George's Park History
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The Matches St George's Park - 1972 - Eastern Province cricket league gets off the ground
1972 - Eastern Province cricket league gets off the ground

The new and bigger Eastern Province cricket league got off the ground last weekend with the bowlers dominating in most of the games. As expected at the start of the season batsmen were on the receiving end, especially at the new Stadium wicket, which was on the soft side.

On Saturday, defending champions Stardust were bundled out far 49 by South End at the Stadium and the following day Fort Beaufort could only manage 50 against Albany.

Only Victorians, strong contenders in the B Section, seemed unaffected by the early start and after batting first at Gelvandale against Home Defenders reached 183 runs in 165 minutes.

Neville Francis won the toss for Stardust at the Stadium but asked South End to take first strike. Ivan Salsoni struck a good patch and had South End in trouble at 29 for five and later 47 for seven.

However, good tail-end resistance by Phillip Snyman (17 not out) and Gerald Wagner (16) enabled South End to reach 99 after 135 minutes batting. Maurice Wilson and the extras top-scored with 22 runs each. Ivan Salsoni finished with four wickets for 26 runs.

Stardust found the ball behaving even worse and the former St Marks Player, Colin Moodaley broke the top of their batting by bowling both Keith Barry and Alec Douglas.

Stardust never recovered and Phillip Snyman, Bunny Snyman and left-arm Alan Williams shared the wickets with Moodaley as Stardust crashed to 49 all out - 50 runs behind.

Only veteran Dan Andrews held up his end to remain unbeaten with l6. Moodaley finished with four for 22 from four overs.

Fort Beaufort had no answer to the leg-spinners of Albany’s Lindsay Renze and were routed for 50 with only Planga (21) reaching double figures. Renze took five wickets for six runs in only 26 balls.

After a poor start, Albany recovered from 17 for four to reach 107. Desmond Jacobs was in early season form with the bat and hit five splendid fours in his 44. Wilfred Khovu (four for 32) and Lemmy Tancu (3/14) were the best of the Fort Beaufort attack.

Fort Beaufort, batting again - 57 runs behind - gave an improved display in their second knock and by the close of play were 43 runs for three wickets with the former Eastern Province player, Dan Qeqe unbeaten on 27. This match resumes on Sunday afternoon at the Stadium.

At Jubilee Park in Uitenhage, the home side Lilywhite totalled 88 against Aryans. Manilal Kara, back after a spell with Bharat topscored with 24 not out. At the close Aryans were in a strong position to take first innings points with 73 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets.

Eastern Province Herald.
October 11, 1972.

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