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The Matches St George's Park - 1972 - Super League Win for Fort Beaufort
1972 - Super League Win for Fort Beaufort

The Fort Beaufort - New-Brighton non-White super league cricket match, which was abandoned two weeks ago with Fort Beaufort poised to take first innings points, ended in a decisive, though unexpected, innings win for Fort Beaufort when the match was replayed at Gelvandale.

With official umpires in charge, the game was played in complete harmony.

New Brighton failed miserably when batting, being dismissed for 85 and 95. The only bright shots in the two innings were Atley Tyala’s 35 in the first innings and Toto Ndoyana’s 35 in the second.

Thoba Williams, had a match analysis of nine for 54. Hambile Mjenje took four for 22 in the first innings and Dan Qeqe three for 11 in the second.

The Fort Beaufort opening pair, Ndoda Mama (66) and Xolisile Planga put on 74, only 11 short of the New Brighton score. Except for Dan Qeqe (28) and Njenje 34 not out, the rest of the batsmen failed miserably. Fort Beaufort collapsed From 150 for four to 186 all out.

It was the fiery after lunch spell of fast bowling by Tsepo Kadi which broke Fort Beaufort. He took seven wickets for 46. Fort Beaufort emerged winners by an innings and six runs.

The interpretation of the special 14-over dispensation in the last hour of play in the super league has led to another misunderstanding when the Home Defenders - Wide Awake game came to an end with two overs still to be bowled.

Wide Awake, who had to make 83 to avoid an innings defeat, were dismissed 10 minutes before the close for 106, leaving Home Defenders 27 to make to win.

The difference of opinion arose between the two captains. Home Defenders claimed the two unbowled overs, while Wide Awake contended that with the end of the innings, the match was over.

Koks Mtwa (28) and Bruce Mahonga (18 not out) were the main scorers in Wide Awake’s first innings of 94. George Mashqana captured seven wickets for 41. Simphiwe Mpinda, undefeated with 75, enjoyed a 10th-wicket partnership with Vic Lubambo (15) of 65.

Home Defenders made 179. Nkululeko Tundube took five for 57 and P Makeleni four for 38.

Requiring 85 to avoid an innings defeat, Wide Awake scored 106. Tundube had a two hour match-saving innings of 42. With Thobile Salman (29), he added 62 for the sixth wicket. Ludwe Zulu took four for 21 and Mpinda three for 34.

Far East’s most prolific scoring batsman, Lister Rasana, was once again among the runs when he made 78 not out in his side’s 15 against United Bantu.

Far East’s main scorers were Rasana and Galpin Menemene. Isaac Masina took five for 22 and M Williams three for 29.

Reuben Gqamlana (36) made top score in United Bantu’s first innings of 86. Menemene took four wickets for 23 and Lowell Rasana three for 23.

Far East declared their second innings closed at 102 for nine. Nkululeko Mgcokoca made 22 not out and Galpin Menemene 23.

Bqamlana took five wickets for 26 and Masina three for 34.

Far East won on the first innings.

After trailing on the first innings, Fight Forever went on to snatch a dramatic 83 run win when they skittled Rock of Ages out for 13 in the second innings.

Don Bolosha (six for 30) and Herbert Bekwa, (four for 14) were responsible for dismissing Fight Forever for 49. Only Vic Mhlubulwana and Billy Madolo reached double figures.

Peter Mgidlana, (20) was the top scorer in the Rock-of-Ages total of 61. Governor Mhlanga took four for 18 and Siphiwa Fede three for 18.

First Forever declared at 108 for four. An unfinished fifth wicket stand of 89 by Tede (59) and Mhlubulwana (44) was a feature of this innings.

Fight Forever scored a sensational win when they skittled Rock-of-Ages out for 13. Skhulu Mhlanga took five for five, Governor Mhlanga two for one and Tede two for four.

Fight Forever won by 83 runs.

Five junior teams attached to the senior clubs have started their league competitions with Fort Beaufort beating New Brighton by nine wickets at Wolfson.

New Brighton made 63 in their first innings, K Gampu taking four for 13 and H Maku three for 12.

Fort Beaufort trailed New Brighton by two runs as M Nyoka grabbed seven wickets for 31. Maku made top score of 14.

Maku was almost unplayable in the second innings as he took six wickets for eight. New Brighton crashed to 21 all out.

Fort Beaufort hit off the 20 runs for the loss of one wicket.

Evening Post.
November 23, 1972.

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