Blast from the past: AB de Villiers scores an unbeaten 217 against India in Ahmedabad

Today in SA sport history: April 4

03 April 2024 - 21:34

1899 — South Africa’s cricketers complete their final test of the 19th century, losing to England by 210 runs in Cape Town. Remarkably, South Africa had a first-innings advantage after bowling out the visitors for 92 and responding with 177, with Jimmy Sinclair scoring 106. But England hit back with 330 in the second innings and then bowled out South Africa for 35 in the 23rd over. Opener Albert Powell was the only South African batsman to reach double figures, making 11. England used only two bowlers, with Schofield Haigh taking 6/11 and Albert Trott 4/19. By this stage, South Africa had played a total of eight tests — all of them against England and all at home — and they had lost every one. Their performances would improve in the next century...

There’s never been a more important time to support independent media.

From World War 1 to present-day cosmopolitan South Africa and beyond, the Sunday Times has been a pillar in covering the stories that matter to you.

For just R80 you can become a premium member (digital access) and support a publication that has played an important political and social role in South Africa for over a century of Sundays. You can cancel anytime.

Already subscribed? Sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.