St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 3 - Establishment of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
The first Rhodes Tournament (rugby) was played in Kimberley in 1898. The South African Coloured Cricket Board was also established in 1898 in Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth was at that time regarded as the Mecca of Cricket.
The first participants were Eastern Province, Western Province and Griqualand West. They competed in the “Inaugural Tournament” for the Barnato Memorial Trophy which was won by Western Province.
According to oral tradition, Daniel John Lenders (a saddle maker by trade) was the first national president of cricket and rugby.
Transvaal joined the SACCB in 1904 and took part in the “First Official” Tournament of the Board which was held in Cape Town in 1904. Western Province won the trophy for the second time.