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Posted on: Wednesday, 25 November 2009

South African Sports News – 25 November

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Charl Langeveldt

Charl Langeveldt

England cruise home against Proteas
Paul Collingwood scored a superb unbeaten century to steer England to a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second MTN one-day international (ODI) at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.

Chasing the home side’s total of 250/9, England cantered to 252/3 to secure victory with 24 balls of their innings remaining and take a 1-0 series lead after the first match of the series was washed out due to persistent rain. Collingwood made 105 runs off 110 balls while notching up seven fours and two sixes. The 33-year-old also made a useful contribution with the ball, picking up 2/24 during South Africa’s innings …

England made a poor start to their innings, slipping to 45/2 before Collingwood and Jonathan Trott broke the back of the Proteas’ bowlers with a third-wicket stand of 162 runs off 189 deliveries. Opening batsman Trott recorded his maiden half-century off 73 balls before being dismissed on 87 off the bowling of paceman Charl Langeveldt (pictured).

Collingwood and Eoin Morgan (27 not out) then teamed up for an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership that yielded 45 runs in 4.3 overs as Collingwood notched up his fifth ODI century off 108 balls. Langeveldt was the most successful South African bowler, claiming 2/46 off 10 overs.

The Proteas’ innings was built around the efforts of Hashim Amla and Alviro Petersen who both contributed half centuries. Amla scored 57 while Petersen made 64, but England could have won the match by an even bigger margin had they not grassed four catches.

Opening batsmen Amla recorded his fifth ODI half-century off 61 balls before he was deceived by a slower delivery from medium-pacer Collingwood and ended up offering a catch to Andrew Strauss at short cover.  Amla scored his runs off 72 deliveries with his innings including six fours. The KwaZulu-Natalian also shared in a second-wicket partnership with JP Duminy (41) that yielded 73 runs off 89 balls after the home side had spluttered to 38/2.

Duminy was in good form, with his runs coming off 47 balls, before he edged a delivery from medium-pacer Luke Wright to wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Duminy’s demise heralded a poor period with the bat for the Proteas as four wickets fell for the addition of just 54 runs.

Petersen played some splendid shots during his knock, but the right-handed batsman was dropped twice, on 39 and 47, by Strauss at short cover. The second chance was a simple regulation catch that the England captain would have been disappointed not to have pouched.

Petersen recorded his second ODI half-century off 57 balls before he was bowled by seamer Tim Bresnan who ended up with figures of 2/46 off 10 overs. The 28-year-old Petersen faced 65 deliveries while notching up five fours and a six. Speedster James Anderson, although a tad expensive, was the most successful England bowler as he returned figures of 3/60 off 10 overs. The win would have given the visitors a tremendous boost for the next match in the series, which takes place on Friday at Newlands in Cape Town followed by another contest at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince

Warriors outclass Eagles while Cobras and Dolphins draw
Two SuperSport Series matches were decided over the weekend when the Chevrolet Warriors defeated the Diamond Eagles by six wickets at Buffalo Park in East London, and the Nashua Dolphins and the Nashua Cape Cobras drew at Kingsmead in Durban after heavy rain washed out the first two days.

Proteas test player Ashwell Prince (pictured), who opened the batting for the Warriors, had an excellent game as he plundered 204 runs with knocks of 136 and 68 respectively. Reeza Hendricks was outstanding for the Eagles with scores of 109 and 81, but it was not enough to prevent the Warriors from securing a well-deserved victory.

The chances of a result being possible between the Cobras and the Dolphins was always going to be extremely difficult given the loss of the opening two days, and so it wasn’t surprising that both teams took the opportunity to get in some much needed batting practice without ever bothering to make a real game of it.

Cobra’s opener Andrew Puttick had a memorable outing by scoring a well- played century (169 runs off 279 balls) and was well supported by Stiaan van Zyl (75 off 94 balls) and Alistair Gray (57 off 202 balls) to take the Cape side to an impressive 329/2 off 100 overs. The Dolphins had earlier posted a modest 237 all out in their first innings with none of their batsmen making any notable contributions.

Scores in Brief
Wariors vs Eagles
Eagles: 391/4 dec & 273/6 dec
Warriors: 315/3 dec & 353/4
Dolphins vs Cobras
Dolphins: 237 all out
Cape Cobras: 329/2 dec

The Warriors narrowly top the SuperSport Series log with 49.14 points, a fraction ahead of the second placed Nashua Titans (48.90) and way in front of the third placed Eagles (33.86). The bizhub Highveld Lions (29.48), Dolphins (28.36) and Cobras (25.58) are in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.

All six teams will be in action from tomorrow with the Eagles taking on the Titans in Bloemfontein, the Lions facing off against the Dolphins in Johannesburg and the Cobras and the Warriors crossing paths in Paarl.

Kathryn Meaklim

Kathryn Meaklim

Double gold medallist Meaklim shatters world record
Kathryn Meaklim (pictured) is possibly one of the happiest people on earth at the moment after clocking four mins, 22.88 secs to establish a new world record in the 400m individual medley during the final leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore on Sunday.

Meaklim shattered the previous record held by Mireia Belmonte of Spain by 2.18 secs. The blonde South African lass grabbed another gold medal in the 200m breaststroke (2:22.88) with compatriot Ronwyn Roper finishing fifth in 2:27.34.

Meaklim’s achievements aside, there were many more outstanding performances from a number of other South Africans in Singapore. Cameron van der Burgh won gold in the 100m breaststroke in 56.25, while Neil Versfeld (56.74) claimed silver. Roland Schoeman also captured a silver medal in the 50m freestyle with a time of 20.89, while Wesley Gilchrist finished a credible seventh in 22.37.

Darian Townsend continued to demonstrate excellent form by winning gold in the 200m individual medley in 1:52.49, while Jay-Cee Thomson secured the bronze medal by clocking 1:56.86. Wesley Gilchrist came fifth with a not too shabby 1:59.47.

Townsend achieved another gold in the 200m freestyle in 1:41.65, with Thomson (1:46.04) ending up sixth. Garth Tune grabbed silver in the 100m butterfly with an impressive time of 50.36. Veteran Mandy Loots established an African record of 2:04.24 to secure silver in the 200m butterfly. Terence Parkin came fourth in the 1500m freestyle with a deaf world record-breaking time of 15:31.55, which bettered the previous mark of 16:21.38 set by Alexander Weinhagen of Sweden in 2007.

There was still more to come when Ronwyn Roper came fifth in the 50m breaststroke in 31.74 with Jessica Ashley-Cooper (1:00.02) finishing sixth in the 100m backstroke and Sarah Ferguson ending seventh in the 100m individual medley in a respectable 1:08.64.

Moruti Mthalane

Moruti Mthalane

‘Babyface’ outsmarts Mirande to take IBF crown
Moruti Mthalane (pictured right) became the third South African to capture an International Boxing Federation (IBF) world championship this year when he outpointed hard-hitting Julio Cesar Miranda of Mexico at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night.

The 27-year-old Mthalane, nicknamed ‘Babyface’ because of his youthful features, earned the IBF flyweight crown with scores of 117-111 (twice) and 118-111 in the 12 round bout. Miranda (30-5-1; 23 KO’s), who tipped the scales at 50.70 kg, came out firing at the bell and staggered Mthalane (50.72 kg) with a short right to the head just before the end of the opening round. However, Mthalane (25-2; 16 KO’s) kept his composure and boxed brilliantly from behind his educated left jab through rounds two to four to take an early lead in the fight.

Mirande, to his credit, responded effectively in rounds five and six with some jolting uppercuts, but the South African continued to stick his jab in Miranda’s face through rounds seven to nine to maintain control. However, the Mexican nearly turned the fight around when he uncorked a hellish right to Mthalane’s head just before the end of the ninth round, which had the South African holding on for dear life at the bell.

Miranda’s right eye began to swell up in the 10th round and he also appeared to be tiring as Mthalane continued to outbox him. Nevertheless, the Mexican continued to press forward in the eleventh, unleashing lefts and rights from all angles to possibly shade the round. Mthalane took no chances in the final round and boxed from behind the safety of his jab to take a thoroughly deserved decision and the belt.

There was plenty of action on the undercard of the Branco Promotions tournament with a number of bouts providing the spectators with lots to shout about. In a battle of southpaws, Klaas Mboyane (53.12 kg) successfully defended his South African bantamweight title when he outpointed Cleutus Mbhele (52.96 kg) over 12 entertaining rounds. Mboyane upped his record to 13-7-2; 7 KO’s with the win while Mbhele dropped to 12-3-2; 7 KO’s.

Former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) flyweight champion Zolani Tete  (12-0; 11 KO’s) had an easy night’s work when he bombed out Anthony Matthias (12-7-3; 6 KO’s) of Tanzania at two minutes, 38 seconds of the opening round to win the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa flyweight title. It was Tete’s first fight in eight months.

Michael Schultz (14-1-2; 9 KO’s) had a torrid evening when Tineyi Maridzo (4-6; 3 KO’s) of Zimbabwe blew him away in a shocking upset. Maridzo robbed Schultz of his senses with a smashing right to the jaw to end matters at 1:26 of the opening round in a contest for the vacant interim WBO Africa super middleweight title. Junior featherweight Jeffrey Mathebula also joined in the mayhem when he flattened Rashid Ally of Tanzania at 2:59 of the fourth round.

In upcoming action at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Johnny Muller (4-0; 4 KO’s) squares off against perennial loser Mongezi Ndzamela (1-5; 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. Muller has heavy hands and looks the part, but his handlers must start putting him with better quality opposition if he hopes to make real progress in the professional ranks.

International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Africa lightweight champion Jason Bedeman (9-0-2; 7 KO’s) should have his work cut out for him when he squares off against old rival Joseph Modesi (5-4-2; 2 KO’s) at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park on Monday night in a scheduled eight-rounder.

The over-achieving Modesi held Bedeman to a draw in a six round bout at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in July, and will be hoping to once again make life difficult for his more illustrious rival in a contest that is likely to be a real humdinger. Bedeman’s IBO title will not be at stake on the night although that is unlikely to de-motivate either fighter.

Jaque Fourie

Jaque Fourie

Unconvincing Boks triumph over Italy
The Springboks recorded their first win on their overseas tour on Saturday afternoon when they produced a few moments of brilliance to defeat Italy 32-10 at Stadio Friuli in Udine, Italy. However, it was not exactly the kind of performance the Boks were looking for to help erase the memory of the past two weeks, which saw the men in green and gold suffer defeats to British club sides Saracens and the Leicester Tigers as well as to France.

Although the Boks notched up four tries, they were all scored by members of the backline as the South Africans were hammered in the set-scrums. Indeed, the ease with which the Italians handled the Bok scrum will be an area of major concern for coach Pieter de Viliers and company ahead of Saturday’s big clash against Ireland in Dublin.

The goal kicking, too, was an area for some concern with the usually perfect Morné Steyn having an off day with the boot. Thankfully for the Boks though, Steyn’s Italian counterparts Luke McLean and Craig Gowar were even more off target, missing four penalty attempts between them at vital moments.

The Boks opened their account in the sixth minute with an excellent try, which was created by a break from No 8 Ryan Kankowski who then fed wing Bryan Habana who crashed over the line to score. Steyn, who had earlier missed a penalty, struck the post with his conversion, but seven minutes later he was able to convert a try from centre Jaque Fourie (pictured), who was on hand to collect an inside pass from Habana and go over near the posts.

Italy hit back in the 32nd minute with a converted try from inside centre Gonzalo Garcia who ghosted through untouched from a set move that was clearly devised to aim at one of the Bok weaknesses. The gap had now been reduced to five points and with their scrum beginning to falter; the Boks appeared to be in trouble.

However, the Italians failed to capitalise on the momentum they had created when they missed a couple of kicks at goal after Steyn had slotted another penalty to make it 15-7 for the Boks. The South Africans increased their lead when Fourie fed Habana who sprinted down the touchline and then cut inside before throwing a basketball pass to scrumhalf Fourie du Preez who applied the finishing touches to score an excellent try.

Italy replied with a penalty by Gower in the 59th minute to make it 22-10, but Steyn slotted a penalty of his own to take the lead back to 15 points before replacement centre Wynand Olivier scored his first try in 26 tests to put the Boks 30-10 to the good. Steyn made no mistake with the conversion to wrap up the match for the visitors.

Scorers:
Italy 10 – Try: Gonzalo Garcia. Conversion: Craig Gower. Penalty: Gower.
South Africa 32 – Tries: Bryan Habana, Jaque Fourie, Fourie du Preez, Wynand Olivier. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2), Ruan Pienaar. Penalties: Steyn (2).

Katlego Mashego

Katlego Mashego

SuperSport stay on top after Pirates down Ajax
Orlando Pirates defeated second-placed Ajax Cape Town 3-0 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday evening – a result which helped defending champions SuperSport United to remain on top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log.

The Buccaneers inflicted the Cape side’s first away defeat of the season courtesy of goals from Katlego Mashego (pictured left), Phenyo Mongala and Rooi Mahamutsa. The Urban Warriors must now have a strong dislike for the Orlando Stadium, which was the site of their 6-0 thrashing in the final of the MTN8 tournament against Golden Arrows last month.

Ajax started the game confidently, pressuring Pirates with an attacking and fast-paced approach. However, the Buccaneers gradually worked their way into the match, achieving particular success down Ajax’s left flank where Clayton Daniels was playing out of position at left-back as a result of the absence of both Brett Evans and Aiden Jenniker.

Pirates took the lead in the 28th minute when Mashego collected a pass near the penalty area, turned and unleashed a sizzling low drive that found the bottom corner, giving veteran ’keeper Hans Vonk no chance. One-nil is how it stayed until half time, although Ajax did have their moments where they troubled the Bucs defence.

The Soweto giants began the second half confidently and went 2-0 up in the 53rd minute when Mongala played a tidy one-two with Lucky Lekgwathi before beating Vonk with a powerful, low shot.

Pirates continued to exert their dominance and with 20 minutes to go they found themselves in a position to go three goals up after Mongala had applied pressure on Ajax right-back Nazeer Allie, forcing the defender into handling the ball in his own 18-yard area. Mahamutsa made no mistake with the spot kick, blasting the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 in favour of the Buccaneers.

The result means Ajax remain in second spot on the standings, though they are five points behind log leaders SuperSport who defeated Maritzburg United 3-2 at the Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Pirates move up to fourth on the standings after their win, just one point adrift of Ajax.

Results (left to right)
Last Friday

Bidvest Wits 1 – AmaZulu 2
Santos 0 – Kaizer Chiefs 1

Over the weekend
Platinum Stars 2 – Jomo Cosmos 0
SuperSport United 3 – Pmb United 2
Golden Arrows 1 – Moroka Swallows 3
Orlando Pirates 3 – Ajax Cape Town 0
Free State Stars 0 – Bloem Celtic 1
Black Aces 0 – Mamelodi Sundowns 1

Yesterday
Jomo Cosmos 0 – Golden Arrows 1

Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs

Plenty of action in store for PSL fans
There are no fewer than 15 Premier Soccer League (PSL) fixtures taking place within the space of the next five days with the pick of today’s matches likely to be the clash between log leaders SuperSport United and sixth placed Kaizer Chiefs (pictured) who are fresh off a win over third placed Santos.

Fourth placed Orlando Pirates will no doubt like to continue their recent good run of from with a win over eighth placed Moroko Swallows, but the Birds will be brimming with confidence after their impressive 3-1 victory over Golden Arrows over the weekend and will be looking to pull off an upset.

Fixtures
Today

AmaZulu vs Platinum Stars – Chatsworth Stadium – 7.30pm
Kaizer Chiefs vs SuperSport United – Orlando Stadium – 7.30pm
Moroka Swallows vs Black Aces – Dobsonville Stadium – 7.30pm
Bloem Celtic vs Santos – Seisa Ramabodu Stadium – 7.30pm
Pmb United vs Bidvest Wits – Woodburn Stadium – 7.30pm
Ajax Cape Town vs Free State Stars – Newlands Stadium – 7.30pm
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates – Super Stadium – 7.30pm

Saturday
SuperSport United vs Bloem Celtic – Super Stadium – 3.30pm
Free State Stars vs Mamelodi Sundowns – Goble Park – 3.30pm
Platinum Stars vs Golden Arrows – Royal Bafokeng Stadium – 3.30pm
Black Aces vs  Jomo Cosmos – Ackerville Stadium – 3.30pm
Orlando Pirates vs Moroka Swallows – Orlando Stadium – 8.15pm
Santos vs Ajax Cape Town – Newlands Stadium – 8.15pm

Sunday
AmaZulu vs Pmb United – Chatsworth Stadium – 3.30pm
Bidvest Wits vs Kaizer Chiefs – Bidvest Stadium – 3.30pm

Photo Credits:
Double gold medallist Meaklim shatters world record – Photo – Kathryn Meaklim: Source – www.supersport.com
‘Babyface’ outsmarts Mirande to take IBF crown – Photo – Moruti Mthalane: Source – www.daylife.com
Unconvincing Boks triumph over Italy – Photo – Jaque Fourie: Source – www.lions.ireland.com
England cruise home against Proteas – Photo – Charl Langeveldt: Source – www.cricbuzz.com
SuperSport stay on top after Pirates down Ajax – Photo – Katlego Mashego: Source – www.smh.com.au
Plenty of action in store for PSL fans – Photo – Kaizer Chiefs: Source – www.oleole.es
Warriors outclass Eagles while Cobras and Dolphins draw – Photo – Ashwell Prince: Source – www.sportydesktops.com

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