St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 7 - Change Racial Affiliation to Single Provincial Affiliation
Chapter 7 - Change Racial Affiliation to Single Provincial Affiliation
Harold Wilson

The criticisms leveled at SACBOC focussed the spotlight onto it’s affiliates who were still clinging to their racial national tournaments despite the pressure on SACBOC not to continue with the racial tournaments. The clamour for a single controlling body at provincial level was mooted. It was also propagated that provincial units should affiliate to SACBOC in place of racially orientated national cricket bodies.

In 1952 the Western Province Cricket Federation was established under the presidency of Abdol “Dol” Freeman. This was the first provincial unit to which all clubs in the area under the jurisdiction of Western Province were affiliated to. The success of the Western Federation inspired it to undertake a tour to Port Elizabeth and Durban in December, 1953, to market unification at this level. What made this trip so remarkable was that they travelled by lorry.

These were the pioneers: Matt Segers (manager), Abdul Noordien (captain), Tiny Abed, Lobo Abed, Abdol Freeman, Sydney Solomons, Jackie Truter, Paddy Thomas, Adam Sobotker, Cliffie Ravens, M Coetzee (vice-captain), I Lotief, T Hendricks, E Petersen, GT Holmes, E Rhode, A Brown (assist. manager), and I Shaik.

The trip was a success because the areas visited also established their own unified provincial cricket associations at a later stage.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Discrimination Rears its Ugly Head
Chapter 3 - Establishment of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 4 - Splintering of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 5 - National Political Influences and World War II
Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
Chapter 7 - Change Racial Affiliation to Single Provincial Affiliation
Chapter 8 - In Search of International Competition
Chapter 9 - The Basil D'Oliviera Affair
Chapter 10 - Prime Minister John Vorster Reacts
Chapter 11 - South African Cricket Association's Attempts to Secure Tours
Chapter 12 - Hassan Howa's Term of Office
Chapter 13 - The Advent of SACOS
Chapter 14 - SACBOC's Application to ICC for Associate Membership
Chapter 15 - Dr Piet Koornhof's Attempt to Normalise Cricket
Chapter 16 - In Search of Unity
Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Chapter 18 - Unification Hampered by Problems
Chapter 19 - The Establishment of a New Non-Racial Cricket Body
Chapter 20 - SACU's Inability to Regain Admission to International Cricket
Chapter 21 - Double Standards Resolution of SACOS
Chapter 22 - Boycotts Became a Powerful Weapon
Chapter 23 - Frank Brache and Hassan Howa
Chapter 24 - The Demise of Howa's Role in Cricket
Chapter 25 - SACOS versus the NSC
Chapter 26 - The Mike Gatting Tour
Chapter 27 - Thabo Mbeki the Mediator
Chapter 28 - Retraction of Rebel Tours
Chapter 29 - Steve Tswete the Facilitator
Chapter 30 - Declaration of Intent
Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Chapter 32 - Establishment of the United Cricket Board
SA Reaccepted
The John Passmore Week
Nuffield Week
Non-Whites Invite Kiwi Team
Eastern Province Trials on Merit to be Sought