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Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian porters and guides take in the phenomenal view during the record-setting cricket trek up Kilimanjaro.

A group of international cricketers on Friday set a new record for the highest-ever match with a lung busting effort at the top of Kilimanjaro.

The teams, including English bowling legend Ashley Giles and South African icon Makhaya Ntini, the country’s first black Test player, trekked to the roof of Africa before dawn and played ten overs each of a Twenty20 game before cloud stopped play.

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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn will slip into the best XI

Staring up from the cover of the book of ‘The 25 greatest South African cricketers of all time’ are 16 faces in black and white and nine in colour.

This book, The Selected, was written by two of the country’s most respected cricket journalists in 2007.

Michael Owen-Smith and Neil Manthorp presumably burned the midnight oil many times in providing their definitive list of the finest cricketers to have played for South Africa.

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean players do a lap of honor at the Harare Sports Ground.

There’s one word that’s been used more than any other to describe Australia’s defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Embarrassing.

There were certainly plenty of ashamed-looking Aussies walking from the field after Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya hit the winning runs to seal a memorable victory for the host nation.

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Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis has acknowledged on Wednesday that his dream of playing in next year’s Cricket World Cup was “a bridge too far”.

Kallis, 38, scored just five runs in three innings in a recent one-day international series in Sri Lanka

“I just knew on that tour that I was done,” Kallis said in a statement.

“The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.”

It always seemed a long shot for Kallis to remain competitive through to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next February and March.

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King Kallis

King Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis today announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket.

“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” the 38-year-old said via a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

“I just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.”

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.”

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Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen welcomes hostile crowds and prefers that they boo him.

KEVIN Pietersen has a message for Australian fans — if you want the exiled England star to make runs for Melbourne Stars this summer, boo him.

Pietersen was on Monday night confirmed as the Big Bash League’s biggest marque signing and told the Herald Sun spin king Shane Warne played a major role in him choosing to sign a two-year deal with the Stars.

The flamboyant batsman has become world cricket’s No.1 gun-for-hire since being axed by the Poms in a bitter fallout to last summer’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Pietersen has since captained Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, is averaging 23 runs for Surrey in England’s T20 Blast and will next be unveiled by St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

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Cricket BallSri-Lanka and South Africa battle each other in the 2nd 5-Day Cricket Test at Colombo in Sri-Lanka from 24 to 28 July 2014. Play starts early for SA viewers, as Sri-Lanka is a few hours ahead of South Africa in the time zones, so it is daly from about 06:00 SA Time every day.

South Africa won the 1st Test and lead the Test Series by 1 / 0 after also taking the ODI Series by 2 – 1, their first ever ODI Series win in Sri-Lanka.

The score cards will be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

Sri-Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri-Lanka started Day 1 well and at the Close of play on Day 1 were on 305 / 5 after 86 Overs.

It was a slow Day initially on Day 2, both from bat and ball, but the Day started heating up after about 30 Overs done for the Day. Sri-Lanka were all out for 421 in their 1st Innings. South Africa started terribly in their 1st Innings, losing 2 wickets with just 13 on the board. South Africa ended with 98 /  after 52 Overs at Stumps, Day 2.

On Day 3 the South African wickets kept falling at regular intervals, SA reaching 234 / 7 after 111 Overs at Tea of Day 3 and then South Africa were eventually all out for 282 from 134.5 Overs, trailing by 139 rins at the Innings break.

Sri-Lanka started their 2nd Innings and at Stumps on Day 3 were 11 / 0 after 5 Overs.

On Day 4 Sri Lanka kept the pressure on and eventually declared at 229 / 8 after 53.4 Overs, leaving South Africa to chase 369 runs for a win. At Stumps, Day 4 South Africa was on 38 / 1 after 17 Overs, still 331 shy of a win with 9 wickets still in tact.

South Africa were in to bat the whole of Day 5, but there was no attempt to chase a win, it was block, block, block to save the Test! After 102.5 Overs bowled it was 148 / 8, which was then still 221 runs short of the win, with 2 wickets in hand. Rain delayed the Final Session of play on Day 5 for a while, but play resumed again.

South Africa managed to stand their ground, eecking out a DRAW, ending with 159 / 8 after 111 Overs. The result, or non-result, means South Africa moves up to TOP Test spot in the world Cricket Test rankings.

 

Sri-Lanka:
  • First Innings – 421 (121.4 Overs)
  • Second Innings – 229 / 8 Declared (53.4 Overs)
South Africa:
  • First Innings – 282 (134.5 Overs)
  • Second Innings – 159 / 8 (111 Overs)

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Cricket BallSri-Lanka and South Africa battle each other in the 1st 5-Day Cricket Test at Galle International Stadium in Sri-Lanka from 16 to 20 July 2014. Play starts early for SA viewers, as Sri-Lanka is a few hours ahead of South Africa in the time zones, so it is daly from about 06:00 SA Time every day.

South Africa have just won the ODI Series by 2 – 1, their first ever in Sri-Lanka.

The score cards will be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.

South Africa started well on Day 1 and then slightly lost their way towards the end of Day 1. At Stumps on Day 1, South Africa were 268 / 5, after 91 overs. On Day 2 South Africa continued their strong form and declared with 9 wickets down on 455 / 9 after 166.2 overs, leaving Sri-Lanka to field 12 uncomfortable overs before the close of play on Day 2 and with Sri-Lanka ending on 30 / 0 (12 Overs).

On Day 3 Sri-Lanka was steadily losing wickets and after 60 Overs bowled in the Sri-Lankan 1st Innings they were 165 / 4 (60 Overs). At close of play on Day 3 they were reeling at 283 / 9 after 100 Overs.

On Day 4 the Sri-Lankans were all out for 292 after 104.5 Overs and South Africa in their 2nd Innings declared at 206 / 6 (50.2 Overs). The Sri-Lankan 2nd Innings is underway, a target of 370 set.

At Stumps, Day 4, Sri-Lanka was 110 / 1 (32 Overs), 260 runs needed to win the game. One now wonders whether the South Adrican captain, Hashim Amla, declared the South African 2nd Innings too early!

On Day 5 the South African bowling attack and specifically the pace attack, obliterated the Sri-Lankans.

South Africa won the Test comfortably, by 153 runs.

 

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 455 / 9 Declared (166.2 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 206 / 6 Declared (50.2 Overs)

Sri-Lanka:

  • First Innings – 292 (104.5 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 216 (71.3 Overs)

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Cricket BallIndia and South Africa battled each other in the World T20 Cricket competition 2nd semi-final at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Friday 4 April 2014.

The 1st semi-final took place on Thursday 3 5 April 2014 between Sri Lanka and West Indies, with Sri Lanka winning and advancing to the final.

The match started at 15:00 SA Time.

South Africa won the Toss and chose to bat first.

The score cards were updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

India win with 5 balls spare, and win by 6 wickets.

 

South Africa: 172 / 4 (20 Overs)

India: 176 / 4 (19.1 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and England battled each other in the World T20 Cricket competition at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (neutral venue) on Saturday 29 March.

This was a Group 1 game.

England won the toss and elected to field.

The score cards were updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

South Africa won by 3 runs.

 

South Africa: 196 / 5 (20 Overs)

England: 193 / 7 (20 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and New Zealand battled each other in the World T20 Cricket competition at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (neutral venue) on Monday 24 March.

This was a Group 1 game.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

The score cards were updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

South Africa won by 2 runs, after an excellent last bowling over by Dale Steyn!

 

South Africa: 170 / 6 (20 Overs)

New Zealand: 168 / 8 (20 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and Sri Lanka battle each other in the World T20 Cricket competition at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (neutral venue) on Saturday 22 March.

This is a Group 1 game.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

The score cards were updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

Sri lanka win by 6 runs.

 

Sri Lanka: 165 / 7 (20 Overs)

South Africa: 160 / 8 (20 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and Australia battled each other in the 3rd and last T20 Cricket International at SuperSport Park, Centurion, from 18:00 SA Time on Friday 14 March.

This was the last game for the 2 sides, before departing for the T20 International World Cup, starting on Sunday.

Australia won the match and the T20 Seires by 2 / 0, after the 1st game in the series was rained out and abandoned and after the 2nd game was reduced to 7 overs a side, where Australia won earlier in the week.

Australia won with 5 full overs to spare and by 6 wickets.

The score cards was updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

 

South Africa: 128 / 7 (20 Overs)

Australia: 129 / 4 (15 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and Australia battled each other in the 3rd and last 5-Day Test at Newlands, Cape Town, from 10:30 SA Time on Saturday 1 March to Wednesday 5 March.

South Africa and Australia were 1 / 1 in the series, after South Africa convincingly beat Australia in the 2nd Test at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

The score cards was updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

Australia took control of the match from the first ball of the test, declaring their innings twice, whilst South Africa fell cheaply in the first innings and almost batted for a day and a half in the second innings.

Australia knocked the last wicket over, that of Morne Morkel, with only 27 balls left in the Test.

Australia win by 245 runs and win the Test Series 2 / 1.

Australia:

  • First Innings – 494 / 7 Declared (127.4 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 303 / 5 Declared (58 Overs)

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 287 All Out (82.5 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 265 All Out (134.3 Overs)

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Cricket BallMichael ClarkeSince South Africa’s return from international sporting isolation, two teams have tormented the county’s sporting heroes and sports-mad public alike – the All Blacks and the Baggy Greens.

Lead by a succession of hard-nosed captains and spear-headed by some of the best players in history, Australia has been the cricketing nemesis of the Proteas and the team South African fans most ‘loved to hate’. ODIs and Tests between the teams have produced some of the most memorable games in cricket history.

Even though fans hated playing second fiddle to the Baggy Greens, their acknowledgement of Australia’s cricketing excellence ranged from grudging respect to open admiration.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and Australia battled each other in the 2nd of three 5-Day Tests at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

Australia were 1 / 0 up in the series, after beating South Africa onvincingly in the 1st Test at Centurion Park, Pretoria.

The score cards were be updated at regular intervals here on Rugby-Talk.

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South Africa squared the series with a 231 run win, the series now 1 / 1 with the final 5-Day Test set up nicely for Newlands, Cape Town.

There was still 1 full day to go in the Test, but South Africa asked for the extra half an hour on Day 4 to finish the Australians up, which they duly did.

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 423 All Out (150.5 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 270 / 5 Declared (64 Overs)

Australia:

  • First Innings – 246 All Out (57 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 216 All Out (73.4 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth Africa’s Proteas cricket team and Australia went head to head and toe to toe in the first of 3, Five-Day cricket Tests at SuperSport Park, Centurion from Thursday 12 February. THe match ended more than a full day early, with Australia winning by 281 runs..

The match started at 10:30 SA Time on 12 February 2014.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first.

This was the Live Game Article, where we updated the scores from time to time during the Day’s play and where the cricket supporters amongst us had have the opportunity to discuss the game.

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Cricket BallThe Cell C Festival of Cricket was played at Newlands, Cape Town and we had a look at the State Of Origin T20 match between South African sides from the NORTH and SOUTH.

The match started at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 GMT). The match was broadcast on TV in SA, on SuperSport 2, SH2 & CSN.

The South won the toss and elected to bat.

The NORTH won the match by 1 run, with 1 ball spare at the end.

The scores and match progress was updated at regular intervals.

 

South: 153 / 9 (20 Overs)

North: 154 / 7 (19.5 Overs)

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Cricket BallSouth AfricaThe Proteas and rugby Springboks played in a festival T20 game at Newlands, Cape Town as an opener to the Cell C Festival of Cricket.

The match is broadcast Live on SuperSport 2, SHD 2 & CSN on TV in SA.

TV broadcast of the match started at 17:35 SA Time and the match itself started at 18:00 SA Time.

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JKJacques Kallis one of the game’s greatest allrounders, retires from Test cricket after the Boxing Day match against India. Kallis announced his decision on Wednesday, on the eve of the second Test against India, but stated that he would still like to play the 2015 World Cup for South Africa.

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In a statement, Kallis said: “It wasn’t an easy decision, with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel the time is right. I don’t see it as goodbye, I still have a lot of hunger to push South Africa to that World Cup in 2015 if I am fit and performing. The last two years specifically have been a memorable journey with an exceptional group of cricketers. I am fortunate enough to have ended my Test career amongst a group of talented cricketers but, more importantly, friends whom I will cherish for years to come.”

Kallis, who made his Test debut against England in December 1995, and has played 165 Tests, scoring 13174 runs at an average of 55.12, with 44 centuries and 58 half-centuries.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at Wanderers, Johannesburg between 18 to 22 December 2013.

India won the toss and elected to bat first.

The scores and match progress was updated here at regular intervals.

The match ended in a draw, with South Africa just 8 runs short of victory, as time ran out on Day 5.

 

India:

  • First Innings – 280 All Out (103 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 421 All Out (120.4 Overs)

South Africa:

  • First Innings – 244 All Out (75.3 Overs)

  • Second Innings – 450 / 7 (136 Overs)

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Rugby-TalkIt is mid December 2013, 14 days till we welcome the new year.

Tell us about your holiday plans and / or your plans for the Festive season, coming up!

Rugby-Talk’s holiday plans and Festive season plans include keeping you up to date on the doings and screwings in the rugby world, but we acknowledge that Southern Hemisphere rugby news is in short supply.

In light of the above we’ll also focus on a bit of cricket in the lean times and most importantly we’ll start this week with detailed discussions on the SQUAD MEMBERS of the different South African Super Rugby sides for 2014. For each player position we’ll have a seperate article for each franchise, for instance there will be 5 seperate articles discussing the props, same with hookers, locks, looseforwards, scrumhalves, flyhalves, midfield & back 3. That equates to 10 new Super Rugby articles a week for 4 weeks, thus 40 new Super Rugby articles in total to feast on.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 3rd ODI at SuperSport Park, Centurion, Pretoria.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first on on overcast day always with chances of rain interupting the match.

South Africa were looking at making it 3 / 0 in the ODI Series.

The match was eventually called off after the South African Innings, due to rain. No result follows and South Africa wins the ODI Series against Indie 2 / 0.

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Cricket BallSouth Africa and India did battle in the 1st ODI at Wanderers, Johannesburg.

India won the toss and elected to field first on on overcast day with chances of rain interupting the match.

The South African Proteas wore PINK today in support of breast cancer awareness.

South Africa won the match by 141 runs.

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CricketMadsenWayne Madsen, the Derbyshire captain, [*and nephew of former Natal wicketkeeper Trevor Madsen], has been awarded the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award, created by MCC and the BBC to acknowledge exceptional sportsmanship, for walking during a crucial County Championship match.

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Cricket BallIn what can only be described as a very dead rubber, SA faced a weakened Sri Lankan side in Columbo, where AB felt that losing 3-2 would be better than losing 4-1. Something I hadn’t thought of – well done, AB. Sri Lanka, with 3 Perera’s and as many changes, won the toss and chose to bat. Unfortunately AB’s side did go down 4-1. Good news is that AB did realise, at the interview, that they needed to improve

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Cricket BallSri Lanka and South Africa’s Proteas met at the R Premadasa Stadium in Columbo for a Day / Night match.

South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

Sri Lanka and Kumar Sangakkara specifically (169) batted well and amassed a total of 320 in their 50 overs. South Africa was bowled out after 31.5 overs, for 140.

Sri Lanka wins by 180 runs.

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