South African Sports News – 18 November
South African openers put England to the sword
Graeme Smith (pictured) and Loots Bosman propelled South Africa to a crushing 84-run victory over England in their Standard Bank Pro 20 match at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. The Proteas amassed 241/6 in their allotted 20 overs, which was their second highest total in international Pro 20-cricket.
In reply, England could only muster 157/8, which was their biggest defeat in this format of the international game. The win helped South Africa square the Pro 20 series 1-1 after they lost to England by one run on Friday at the Wanderers.
Ryan McLaren (1/26 in four overs), Dale Steyn (2/29 in four overs) and Albie Morkel (2/35 in four overs) all chipped in to restrict England to their paltry total. England’s bowlers, on the other hand, got carted all over the park as Smith and Bosman slammed 170 runs off 81 balls between them to shatter the previous world record of 145 runs for the opening wicket in international T20 cricket. Smith plundered 88 runs off 44 balls with eight boundaries and six sixes, and Bosman smashed 94 runs off 45 deliveries with five fours and nine sixes.
The South African attack, in stark contrast, were superb as they bowled much fuller than their English counterparts and gave the visiting batsmen limited options to score. Jonathan Trott (51 runs off 40 balls) and Kevin Pieterson (29 runs off 19 balls) top scored for England, but their efforts paled in comparison to those of Smith and Bosman who were simply brilliant.
England and the Proteas’ next encounter will be a 50-over one day international (ODI) at the Wanderers on Friday and the English will be hoping to bounce back from their crushing loss, with a win. Friday’s match will be the first of five ODI’s between the two teams. Both sides will also play four test matches against one another, which will stretch early into the New Year.
Although the Proteas soundly beat the visitors on the day, England proved they will still be a force to be reckoned with in the ODI’s when they defeated a full strength South African A side by four wickets in a 50-over match in Potchefstroom yesterday.
England notched up 281/6 in reply to their opponent’s total of 279/9 with Jonathan Trott’s 78 the top score for the visitors. Trott was well supported by captain Andrew Strauss (65) and Matt Prior (54) in an impressive batting display by England. It was just the type of performance Strauss was looking for from his batsmen after their poor performance on Sunday, and it will undoubtedly stand them in good stead for Friday’s match against the Proteas.
Toothless Bafana draw again
Bafana Bafana (pictured) ended 2009 on a tepid note when they were held to a 0-0 draw by a make shift Jamaica in their final friendly of the year at a chilly Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein last night. It was a sub-par performance by Bafana who must have been confident of a win after demonstrating plenty of fighting spirit when they were held to another goalless draw by highly rated Japan in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will no doubt be concerned at his team’s inability to score goals and must be wondering what he needs to do to spark his players into action. Bafana clearly lacked enthusiasm and passion on the night and seemed to just be going through the motions for large periods of the match.
The South African team have not scored a goal since September when they recorded a 1-0 victory over lowly Madagascar in a friendly played in Kimberley. With the 2010 World Cup just seven months away, Parreira clearly has his work cut out for him if he hopes to get Bafana anywhere near ready to take on the world’s best teams.
Bafana were far too casual against Jamaica and kept playing the ball sideways and backwards rather than moving forward and gaining momentum. They also displayed a tendency to show off too much by continuing to dribble the ball much longer than was necessary, and as a result, they got nowhere in the opening half against their lightly regarded opponents.
Despite enjoying territorial advantage, Bafana were just as ineffective in the second half as they failed to breach their opponents defence, although they did come close to opening their account in the 67th minute when Kagisho Dikgacoi fired a shot just centimetres over the Jamaican crossbar. However, the match eventually fizzled out into a draw leaving Bafana’s loyal fans disappointed and Parreira with a mountain to climb.
United keep marching on
SuperSport United (pictured) continued their recent good run of form in the Premier Soccer league (PSL) with a 1-1 draw against Platinum Stars on Wednesday, November 4 and an easy 4-2 win over Amazulu on Saturday, November 7. United currently top the table with 30 points, closely followed by Ajax Cape Town and Santos on 28 and 27 points respectively. Their next opponents will be 12th placed Maritzburg United who have been in terrible form of late and should provide little opposition.
The game kicks off on Saturday at the Super Stadium at 3.30pm. The pick of this weekend’s games is likely to be the clash between Ajax and fourth placed Orlando Pirates, which gets underway at 8.15pm at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Results (from left to right)
Wed, 4 November
Free State Stars 1 – AmaZulu 0
Golden Arrows 1 – Bloem Celtic 1
Jomo Cosmos 0 – Ajax Cape Town 1
Santos 0 – Bidvest Wits 0
Black Aces 3 – Kaizer Chiefs 3
Moroka Swallows 0 – Mamelodi Sundowns 1
SuperSport United 1 – Platinum Stars 1
Orlando Pirates 1 – Maritzburg Utd 1
Saturday, 7 November
Golden Arrows 1 – Mamelodi Sundowns 0
Platinum Stars 3 – Bidvest Wits 1
SuperSport United 4 – AmaZulu 2
Santos 4 – Maritzburg Utd 0
Jomo Cosmos 1 – Moroka Swallows 2
Free State Stars 0 – Kaizer Chiefs 1
Sunday, 8 November
Orlando Pirates 3 – Bloem Celtic 1
Black Aces 1 – Ajax Cape Town 2
Bidvest Wits vs AmaZulu – Bidvest Stadium 8pm
Santos vs Kaizer Chiefs – Coetzenburg Stadium 8pm
Platinum Stars vs Jomo Cosmos – Royal Bafokeng Stadium 3.30pm
SuperSport United vs Pmb United – Super Stadium 3.30pm
Golden Arrows vs Moroka Swallows – Chatsworth Stadium 8.15pm
Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town – Orlando Stadium 8.15pm
Free State Stars vs Bloem Celtic – Charles Mopeli Stadium 3.30pm
Black Aces vs Mamelodi Sundowns – Puma Rugby Stadium 3.30pm
Two draws and a win in SuperSport Series
Three SuperSport series matches were decided over the weekend and the only team who came away with a win were the Nashua Titans (pictured) who thumped the Highveld Warriors by 10 wickets at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Scores in brief
Nashua Titans vs Chevrolet Warriors
Titans: 403 and 41/0
Warriors: 214 and 227
Result: Titans won by 10 wickets.
Venue: St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Diamond Eagles vs Nashua Dolphins
Eagles: 178 and 203/3
Result: Match drawn
Venue: City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
Cape Cobras vs Highveld Lions
Cobras: 332 and 135/7
Lions: 416 and 194/2 declared
Result: Match drawn
Venue: Newlands in Cape Town
The weekend’s results have left the Titans at the top the log on 48.90 points with the Warriors a distant second (33.84) and the Lions third (29.48). The Eagles (28.04), the Dolphins (25.56) and the Cobras (17) find themselves in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively with most teams, with the exception of the Eagles and the Cobras, having played four games. The next set of fixtures pits the Dolphins against the Cobras in Kingsmead in Durban and the Warriors against the Eagles at Buffalo Park in East London. Both games begin on Thursday.
Fiery France too hot for Boks
A highly motivated France defeated the Springboks 20-13 in wet and windy conditions at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse on Friday night. The Boks, who dispensed with the British and Irish Lions in their three match series before winning their third Tri-Nations title earlier in the year, were a shadow of the side that swept all before them from June through to September.
Although the Boks took a 13-3 lead after 30 minutes, they were outplayed in every facet of the game and conceded 17 points without reply in the remainder of the match. With the exception of some solid performances from Heinrich Brüssow, Victor Matfield, Andries Bekker (pictured left) and Fourie du Preez, it was a sorry night for most of the Boks individually.
The match was an extremely physical encounter with the Boks taking the French head on. Both Bakkies Botha and Matfield were forced off the field at various stages of the first half due to blood seeping from cuts to their faces, and the French were clearly relishing in the punishment they were dishing out to the shell-shocked Boks.
Scrumhalf Julien Dupuy opened the scoring with a penalty to put France 3-0 up after five minutes, only for Bok flyhalf Morné Steyn to level matters after 20 minutes with a penalty. He then added a drop-goal five minutes later to give the Boks the lead once again. And that lead was extended when captain John Smit crashed over the line, after a sloppy lineout by the French.
But it was all downhill from there for the Boks as the French brushed off some feeble tackles, culminating in wing Vincent Clerc scoring in the right hand corner. Even though Dupuy missed the conversion attempt and a penalty kick a few minutes later, the writing was on the wall for the Boks when Steyn was yellow carded in final minute of the first half after flicking out a boot to halt a Frenchman as the home side went on the offensive. Dupuy made no mistake with the penalty, which reduced the deficit to 13-11 at halftime.
The second half belonged to the French as the Springbok problems were compounded by the injury that forced Schalk Burger to leave the field. Danie Rossouw just didn’t make the grade as a replacement and from that moment onwards the Boks began to look terribly disorganised. Dupuy put the French four points ahead with 12 minutes to go with a penalty and Morgan Parra succeed with another three-pointer a few minutes later to seal a great win for the home side.
It has been a very disappointing start to the Boks’ five-match end of the year tour of Europe following their 22-17 loss to British club side Leicester Tigers in their opening match last Tuesday and last nights 24-23 defeat against Saracens, another British club side. One hopes that the men in green and gold can get their act together before their encounter against Italy at the Stadio Friuli, in Udine, Italy on Saturday.
France vs South Africa
France 20 – Try: Vincent Clerc. Penalties: Julien Dupuy (4) and Morgan Parra.
South Africa 13 – Try: John Smit. Penalty: Morné Steyn. Conversion: Steyn. Drop-goal: Steyn.
Saracens vs South Africa
Saracens 24 – Tries: Ernst Joubert, Brad Barritt. Penalties: Derick Hougaard (3). Conversion: Hougaard. Drop-goal: Hougaard.
Springboks 23 – Tries: Juan de Jongh, Jongi Nokwe (2). Penalties: Ruan Pienaar (2). Conversion: Pienaar.
Van der Burgh rewrites record books again
Cameron van der Burgh (pictured) notched up his second breaststroke world record within a day, and together with a world best from Darian Townsend and a meet record from Roland Schoeman, led the South African charge for glory in the final session of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday.
Fresh from having improved his 50m-breaststroke world mark to 25.25 secs the previous evening, the powerfully built Van der Burgh recorded 55.61 in the 100m-breaststroke to dip under his world best of 55.99 set at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg earlier this year. Another South African, Neil Versfeld, claimed the bronze medal in 57.06.
Townsend continued his excellent form in the World Cup short course series by establishing a world record of 1 min, 51.55 secs in the 200m individual medley. Townsend’s victory resulted in American stalwart Michael Phelps having to settle for the silver medal (1:53.70) with Durban-based Chad le Clos securing bronze in 1:54.28.
Schoeman, the world record-holder in the 50m-freestyle set at this year’s Telkom SA Short Course Championships, was in superb form in the short sprint, clocking 20.57 for a meet record. Gerhard Zandberg’s victory in the 50m-backstroke in an African record time of 22.85 was another special moment for the South African contingent, as he beat off a determined challenge from American world record-holder Peter Marshall, who finished second in 22.86.
In the 200m-freestyle final, Townsend came third in an African record time of 1:40.89, while Mandy Loots (silver in the 200m-butterfly) and Chanelle van Wyk (bronze in the 100m-backstroke) also notched up African records. Russian Arkady Vyatchanin broke George du Rand’s world record in the 200m-backstroke, clocking 1:46.11. Du Rand, whose world best had stood at 1:47.08, came second in 1:48.05. Garth Tune ended up seventh in the 100m-butterfly in 50.62, while Kathryn Meaklim finished ninth in the 400m-individual medley in a credible 4:39.21.
Ndou keeps title against gutsy Hatton
South African born Lovemore ‘The Black Panther’ Ndou (pictured right) successfully defended his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) welterweight title against Matthew ‘Magic’ Hatton (37-4-2, 14 KO’s) in Stoke, England on Friday night.
The 38-year-old Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KO’s), a 16-year veteran of the professional ring and who has been based in Australia for the past 13 years, did just enough to earn a draw against the determined, but light hitting Hatton in a very close fight. Judge John Coyle awarded the contest to the 28-year-old Hatton by a score of 115-114, while judge Steve Marshall saw it 115-114 for Ndou. However, judge Tom Miller couldn’t decide on a winner and handed in a card of 114-114, which enabled Ndou to keep his title.
Hatton was furious with the decision and clearly thought he won. He was undoubtedly the busier of the two fighters, but most of his punches were blocked or avoided by the wily Ndou, who was never hurt by his opponent at any stage during the 12 round bout. Hatton, on the other hand, was stunned by his much older opponent on several occasions, but Ndou lacked the energy to finish off his courageous opponent, who kept throwing punches right up until the final bell.
The win kept Ndou’s career alive and put him in line for big money fights against the likes of former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton (older brother of Matthew) or current International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo of South Africa.
Van Heerden and Malinga win easily
It was all smiles for South African welterweight champion Chris van Heerden in Meyerton on Friday night when he made short work of Tanzanian import Venance Mponji, recording an easy first round knockout.
Mponji came out swinging at the bell, but was unable to penetrate Van Heerden’s tight defence. Fighting off the back foot, the South African calmly absorbed his opponents punches before ripping in a short right hook to the body, which caused the Tanzanian to topple on to his back where he was counted out by referee Alfred Buqwana just 1 min, 42 secs into the bout. The win upped the 22-year-old Van Heerden’s record to 14-0-1 with nine wins via the short route, while the 25-year-old Mponji dropped to 15-13-2 with seven stoppages.
Mxolisi Mbewu TKO 1 Vincent Gabela (bantamweights)
Bongo Lepembohuges TKO 2 Lukas Moketi (junior welterweights)
Takalani Kwinda technical decision (TD) Patrick Masango (featherweights)
Meanwhile, Samuel Malinga (pictured left) recorded a fifth round TKO over Pius Dipheko to claim the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa interim junior welterweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Saturday night. The former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) and South African junior welterweight champion gradually wore down the game Dipheko, who was knocked down for a count of nine in the fifth round.
The bout continued for a few more seconds, but referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen decided to call a halt to proceedings at 1:04 of the round to save Dipheko from further punishment. The win improved Malinga’s record to 22-6-2, with 13 wins inside the distance, while Dipheko dropped to 8-8-5 with two wins via the short route.
Buli Muravha W6 Wiseman Dlomo (heavyweights)
Godfrey Nzimande TKO 2 Stanford Mabasa (junior lightweights)
Jerry Nekhubve W6 Amon Baloyi (welterweights)
In upcoming warfare, Moruti Mthalane (23-2, 16 KO’s) will take on Mexican Julio Miranda (30-4-1, 23 KO’s) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. This 27-year-old South African will be hoping to pull off an upset against the more fancied Mexican, who has won 22 of his last 23 fights, 19 of them by knockout.
Otto pips Moore in tense finish
Hennie Otto (pictured) narrowly defeated Titch Moore in a sudden-death playoff to win the 72-hole, R1 million MTC Namibia PGA Championship, which finished at the 6 113m, par-72 Rossmund Golf Course on Sunday. Both players were tied on eight-under 280 after Otto shot a six-under 66 and Moore a three-under 69 in the final round.
Otto had a chance to clinch the title in regulation play when he reached the 18th at nine-under, but his drive landed among a group of palm trees in the desert rough to the left of the fairway. He was only able to get into the middle of the fairway, and left his approach well short of the green. The resulting bogey saw Otto slide into a share of the lead until Moore slotted a birdie on 17 to edge in front by a single stroke.
However, Moore also had trouble hitting the fairway on the 18th, and pulled his drive to the right. He was only able to advance his ball onto the fairway, and was unable to get up and down as Otto was on the driving range preparing for the playoff.
It looked as if Moore’s drive down the middle had gained him the advantage, especially after Otto’s approach missed the green rather badly to the right. However, Moore had also pulled his approach to the right and Otto played an excellent chip to leave himself a tap-in for par.
Moore, on the other hand, missed his 18-inch putt for par to give Otto his eighth Sunshine Tour title. The victory vaulted Otto to 37th on the Order of Merit with the lucrative summer events of the Sunshine Tour now just around the corner.
Top 10 finishers (South African unless stated)
280 – Hennie Otto 72 70 72 66 (won on first hole of playoff)
280 – Titch Moore 75 66 70 69
282 – Brandon Pieters 70 76 68 68, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 70 70 71 71, Tjaart van der Walt 70 71 70 71
283 – Christiaan Basson 73 68 73 69, Vaughn Groenewald 70 71 72 70, Tyrone Mordt 66 70 73 74, Willie van der Merwe 68 77 64 74
284 – Bradford Vaughan 71 70 73 70
Toothless Bafana draw again – Photo – Bafana Bafana: Source – www.joburg.org.za
United keep marching on – Photo – SuperSport United: Source – www.supersportunited.co.za
SA openers put England to the sword – Photo – Graeme Smith: Source – www.abc.net.au
Two draws and a win in SuperSport Series – Photo – Nashua Titans: Source – www.flickr.com
Fiery France too hot for Boks – Photo – Andries Bekker: Source – www.guardian.co.uk
Van der Burgh rewrites record books again – Photo – Cameron van der Burgh: Source – www.zimbio.com
Ndou keeps title against gutsy Hatton – Photo – Lovemore Ndou: Source – www.zimbio.com
Van Heerden and Malinga win easily – Photo – Samuel Malinga: Source – www.namibiasport.com.na
Otto pips Moore in tense finish – Photo – Hennie Otto: Source – www.daylife.com