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Matthews Ridge without stable power after generator turbocharger theft

first_imgThe Hinterland Electrification Company Inc, an agency within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, issued a report to the Ministry of the theft of a turbocharger from the generator at Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini).As a result of the stolen turbocharger, residents within Matthews Ridge are currently experiencing power outages. The matter has been reported to the relevant authority and the Ministry in a statement said it is working prudently to recover the stolen turbocharger or to have it replaced.According to the Ministry, last weekend, as the mechanical engineer conducted maintenance work on the generators, he observed several parts were missing from the 156VA Cummins generator.An investigation was immediately launched at the power station to find the missing equipment.Moreover, the Ministry outlined that it was upon this investigation that the station operator allegedly confessed that he had removed the turbocharger from the generator and sold it to a miner.The station operator is currently in custody at the Matthews Ridge Police Station as the investigation continues.last_img read more

I just want to play! Coloccini distances himself from the Newcastle manager’s job

first_img1 Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini insists he has no designs on the manager’s job with Alan Pardew’s exit imminent.The 33-year-old Argentina international was an early favourite with the bookmakers when news of Crystal Palace’s approach for Pardew emerged, although sources on Tyneside were swift to dismiss the speculation.Now Coloccini has re-affirmed his intention to concentrate on his playing career having first been linked with the post last year when Pardew found himself under intense pressure.Speaking after his side’s roller-coaster 3-3 Premier League draw with Burnley on Thursday afternoon, he said: “I am a football player now and want to play for a few years more. I want to enjoy being on the pitch.“It’s not for now.”Assistant manager John Carver took charge of the team with Pardew in the stands for Palace’s trip to Aston Villa, and Coloccini admitted it had been a tough few days for the players.He said: “It is a difficult situation, but John Carver is with us. He has the experience to take the job.“Of course it is difficult, but it has not affected the team. When you go on the field, you have to leave all the problems behind you.” Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini last_img read more

Giants Ahly, Wydad suffer CAF Champions League losses

first_img0Shares0000ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast defeated Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 2-0 in Abidjan Saturday to remain contenders for a CAF Champions League quarter-finals place. © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 9 – African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco lost CAF Champions League group matches Saturday, placing their chances of reaching the quarter-finals in the balance.A Tuisila Kisinda goal six minutes from time condemned record eight-time champions Ahly to a 1-0 Group D defeat by V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa. Burkina Faso-born Amed Toure bagged a second-half brace for ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast to deliver a 2-0 Group A win over twice champions Wydad in Abidjan.By winning, 1973 African champions V Club joined Ahly on seven points with the Egyptians clinging to first place on head-to-head records having won the first meeting 2-0.JS Saoura of Algeria host Simba SC of Tanzania later Saturday in Bechar and a win for either club would lift them to the top of the standings with one round remaining.While Ahly are chasing a ninth title and V Club a second, Saoura and Simba hope to reach the quarter-finals of the elite African club competition for the first time.The heroics of goalkeepers Nelson Lukong, a 38-year-old Cameroonian, for V Club and Mohamed el Shenawy for Ahly kept the Kinshasa clash goalless until six minutes from time.V Club came closest to breaking the deadlock during the first half with a header from leading scorer Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele rebounding off the post.Lukong was at his most agile early in the second half to deny Nasser Maher, Nigerian Junior Ajayi and Karim ‘Nedved’ Walid in quick succession.El Shenawy was equally impressive midway through the second half to foil Ngonda Muzinga, whose close-range shot after a Kisinda back-heel appeared goal bound.The match winner had an element of luck as 19-year-old Kisinda scored his first goal of the Champions League campaign via a deflected shot.Toure, who was born in Ouagadougou and has Burkinabe and Ivorian nationality, ended a five-match goal drought by constantly threatening 2017 champions Wydad in the second half.The 31-year-old striker broke the deadlock on 68 minutes and put the result beyond doubt with his second goal two minutes from time.Toure last scored for 1998 African champions ASEC in a qualifying victory over Stade Malien of Mali in Bamako last December.ASEC have seven points, the same number as Wydad and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, who host bottom club Lobi Stars of Nigeria later Saturday near Pretoria.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Comet dust craft lands safely in Utah desert

first_imgDUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah – For a split second during Stardust’s white-knuckle descent to Earth, it looked like the space capsule carrying comet dust was in trouble.Mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena could not immediately tell if the capsule had unfurled its first parachute for landing.Scientists held their breath as the ghost of the Genesis spacecraft replayed in their heads. Two years ago, Genesis crashed into the Utah desert, cracking open like a giant clamshell, as it carried solar wind particles.Stardust averted disaster and became the first space probe to return tiny fragments from a comet that scientists believe could be the leftover building blocks of the solar system formed about 4.5 billion years ago.Cheers erupted when the capsule opened its second – and main – parachute, guiding it to a pre-dawn landing in the remote desert Sunday.“All stations, we have a touchdown,” mission control radioed.Unknown to engineers, the first parachute also had been released, but it was too small for infrared cameras to see it, said Tom Duxbury, project manager of the $212million mission.Carlton Allen, a scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, saw it all unfold live on television at Dugway Proving Ground.“It’s an absolute triumph,” Allen said after the landing. “This is a mission that will deeply extend our knowledge of the solar system.”After a seven-year voyage snatching comet and interstellar dust, the Stardust capsule pierced Earth’s atmosphere at a flaming 29,000 mph – the fastest return of any man-made probe – and returned its precious cargo for scientists to study.“This is not the finish line. This is just the intermediate pit stop,” Duxbury said.About a million comet and interstellar dust grains – most smaller than the width of a human hair – are believed to be inside.The dust grains collected in 2004 are believed to be pristine leftovers from materials that formed the sun and planets. Some samples could be even older than the sun.Next stop for the capsule is the Johnson Space Center in Houston where scientists will unlock the canister later this week. After a preliminary examination, they will ship the particles to laboratories all over the world for further study.“Inside this thing is our treasure,” said principal mission scientist Don Brownlee of the University of Washington.Stardust’s successful return was a relief to the space agency, which suffered a setback in 2004 when Genesis slammed into the same salt flats after its parachutes failed to open.After the Genesis mishap, engineers rechecked Stardust’s systems. Duxbury noted that its white-knuckle return home went “like clockwork.”Early Sunday, the Stardust mothership released the shuttlecock-shaped capsule, which glowed as a bright orange fireball over parts of Nevada.Closer to the Dugway Proving Ground landing zone, the capsule shot out of the pre-dawn sky as a white flash of light before parachuting to a landing in soft mud.The capsule bounced three times before coming to rest on its side. Despite the jolt, the capsule didn’t crack, said Joe Vellinga of Lockheed Martin, who helped lead the recovery.After its retrieval, scientists in white protective suits spent the day cleaning the capsule and canister before the trip to Johnson Space Center. It will be days, however, before engineers learn how well the heat shield held up during the fiery re-entry.Meanwhile, the Stardust mothership remains in permanent orbit around the sun, but NASA is considering sending it to another comet or asteroid to snap photos. There won’t be another chance for a sample return because the only capsule was released.Stardust was the third attempted robotic retrieval of extraterrestrial material. The unmanned Soviet Luna 24, which brought back lunar rocks and soil, was the first. It was followed by Genesis.The Stardust spacecraft was launched in 1999 and has traveled nearly 3 billion miles, including three loops around the sun.In 2004, it survived a scary trip through comet Wild 2’s coma, a fuzzy halo of gas and dust, to snatch the cosmic dust with a tennis racket-sized collector mitt. Along the way, it also scooped up interstellar dust – tiny particles thought to be from ancient stars that exploded and died.During the flyby, the spacecraft also beamed back 72 black-and-white pictures showing broad mesas, craters, pinnacles and canyons with flat floors on the surface of Wild 2, a craggy comet that was about 500 million miles from Earth when Stardust was launched.Stardust was the latest mission designed to study comets up close.Six months earlier, NASA sent the Deep Impact probe into the path of an onrushing comet. The high-speed collision with comet Tempel 1 set off a celestial fireworks display in space and revealed the comet’s primordial interior.Scientists have been analyzing the voluminous debris hurled from the comet’s belly and are trying to figure out the size of the crater caused by the impact. 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FINN HARPS FACE SLIGO ROVERS AS NEW SEASON NEARS CLOSER

first_imgRuairi Keating has returned to Finn Park ahead of the new season and could play against his parent club Sligo tomorrow night.Finn Harps continue their pre-season preparations when they travel to The Showgrounds to face Sligo Rovers tomorrow night. Harps have remained unbeaten throughout an impressive pre-season campaign thus far and haven’t conceded a goal.The encouraging signals coming out of Finn Park was further boosted by the news Ruairi Keating was returning to the club on loan. Keating enjoyed a fruitful spell last season while on loan at Harps before parent club Sligo Rovers called him back in July.They also captured Regan Donelan on loan and optimism is growing that this could be a successful season for Harps.They’re expected to a full deck of cards to choose from for tomorrow’s fixture with Sligo, with long-term absentee Packie Mailey the only player unavailable.The match is scheduled for The Showgrounds with a 7.45pm kick-off. FINN HARPS FACE SLIGO ROVERS AS NEW SEASON NEARS CLOSER was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps FCFinn ParkFriendlynewsPre-seasonSligo RoverssoccerSportlast_img read more

‘Rogue agent demanded I pay him £50k over Zouma transfer’, reveals Everton chief

first_imgEverton sporting director Marcel Brands has revealed to talkSPORT he was told to pay £50,000 to a rogue agent he’d never even met following the Toffees’ signing of Kurt Zouma.French defender Zouma, 23, completed a season-long loan move from Chelsea to Goodison Park in a late summer deal, which was officially confirmed the day after the transfer deadline.Agents have been making the headlines more and more over the past few years, with their sometimes obscene fees turning them into major players in the transfer window.And it appears there are a few daring individuals trying to get a piece of the action, as Brands explained in an EXCLUSIVE interview with talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.Asked about the craziest demand he ever got from an agent, the Everton chief explained: “There was one agent, I don’t know him, but he sent me a message saying, ‘congratulations with Zouma, can I send my invoice for 50k to you?’ 1 Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke City from Chelsea center_img “But I never spoke to him – it was crazy!“There are so many agents and people thinking they are involved.“The things that happen (with agents) are getting stranger and stranger, and that’s not a good thing for football.”He added: “I’ve never seen so many agents ever in my life as I have in England.READ: More Everton players could leave before the transfer deadline, reveals Marcel Brands “It’s unbelievable, there are a lot of agents involved in all kinds of things – too many, I think.“I was polite in the beginning to meet a lot of agents and let them introduce themselves, but later on I have to work on the targets that were important to Everton.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Everton sporting director Marcel Brands, as he talks the Richarlison and Yerry Mina deals, Marca Silva’s hopes for the season and more, IN FULL above!last_img read more

GAA: SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1 RESULTS

first_imgThe GAA senior league continued today with a number of tight-contests.St Eunans managed to pip Kilcar while Glenswilly also managed to shade it again Mallin.In the late throw-in Gaoth Dobhair overcame the footballers of Glenties. Gaoth Dobhair 2-11 Naomh Conail 1-8Kilcar 2-9 St Eunans 1-13Dungloe 0-11 Four Masters 1-11Glenswilly 1-9 Malin 0-9 Ardara 1-8  St. Michael’s 2-12Gaoth Dobhair     Naomh Conail GAA: SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1 RESULTS was last modified: April 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea’s best kit sponsors – a trip down memory lane

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesThere was a time when the unveiling of a new football kit would be one of the biggest events of the year. Fans would rush to the club shop to get their eyes on the latest upgrade in the identity of their favourite football club.Nowadays new kits have lost their appeal. Almost every season a new home, away and third kit are unveiled to the fans – usually costing upwards of £50 just for a shirt. The shirt sponsors are normally bland too, with most clubs electing for gambling sponsorship rather than iconic brands such as Autoglass and Coors.Chelsea players will run out in their third kit, not to avoid a colour clash with the opposition but to fulfil commercial obligations to the sponsors.This is just another example of the rabid capitalism that is slowly eroding the game as we know it. But let’s not get bogged down in all of that. Instead let’s take a look at some of the best Chelsea kits from the past few decades.Home Kit – 1984/1985Cast your mind back to 1984, a time long before the arrival of Roman Abramovich, Richard Scudamore and ‘loyalty payments’. Michel Platini had just fired France to glory at Euro ’84, scoring 9 goals in the process. Allez les bleus was the collective call of not just France, but football purists around the world.With this in mind Chelsea put the design of their new home kit in the capable hands of Le Coque Sportif. The result was a blue jersey with horizontal strips as well as red trim on the shorts. The kit conjured memories of Gallic flare from the recent summer of fun as well as marking Chelsea’s return to the first division.Nigel Spackman, Pat Nevin and Kerry Dixon wore the kit with aplomb as they helped Chelsea to a sixth-place finish and a League Cup semi-final on their return to the big time.Away – 1997/1998Simple question, who is Chelsea’s greatest ever player? Simple answer, Gianfranco Zola. The Italian wizard delighted the Stamford Bridge faithful with his silky skills, sumptuous goals and impossible assists.When we think back to Zola in the pomp we are reminded of him wearing this yellow and blue striped classic. Admittedly with modern eyes the kit itself looks like a monstrosity. The fading stripes, the badge in the centre of the chest framed by a giant UMBRO logo. But it is still a classic.Even more so when you consider that Chelsea won the League Cup, the Cup Winners Cup and finished 4th in the Premiership.Away – 1994 – 1996No discussion of historic Chelsea kits would be complete without an entry from this abomination. The orange, grey, white and black concoction was thoroughly disgusting, but that’s what makes it iconic.It is a memorable kit and we’ll never forget it, no matter how hard we try. The nylon collar was probably an absolute pain for the players wearing it and not even Ruud Gullit could pull off this shirt.Luckily for the sponsors Coors, their brand logo was fairly difficult to spot with all the clashing colours and obscure lines.Home – 2003 – 2005Fly Emirates took over the main sponsorship of Chelsea kits in 2001 from Autoglass – who were responsible for some pretty good shirts. The brand logo fitted seamlessly into this classy, simple and elegant shirt.The kit also holds a special place in the hearts of Chelsea fans because it was worn during a unique period in the club’s history. This kit marked the beginning of the Roman Abramovich era, when Chelsea broke the duopoly of Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premiership.In the second season of this kit Jose Mourinho guided us to our first league title in 50 years, finishing with a record points tally of 95. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoSingapore Property NewsRadisson Hotel Group opens new luxury beachfront resort in VietnamSingapore Property NewsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

You thought Ghost to the Post was unreal? Raiders QB Derek Carr just put it to shame

first_imgThe Raiders have memorialized some of the most sanguine moments in franchise history with evocative handles. Sea of Hands. Ghost to the Post. Holy Roller. Immaculate Reception.OK, that last one not so much.Awesome news — there’s a brand new, zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play just aching for a tag of its own.It comes to us on a Twitter video, long on jocularity but short on specifics. What we can see: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, apparently clad in swim …last_img read more

South African cricket in 2003

first_img19 December 2003The year 2003 must go down as a disappointing one for South African cricket. The reason is simple: the Proteas failed to make the Super Sixes in the World Cup that was played on home soil early in the year.Player of the year: Shaun PollockIt is very tempting to give this award to Graeme Smith, but, apart from a great Test series against England, he wasn’t as consistent as Pollock.In fact, Pollock was something special in that series, despite missing one Test. He scored 205 runs at 66.38 and also claimed 17 wickets (second most in the series) at an average of 24.70, while most bowlers struggled not only to take wickets, but to keep their average below 30.A four-time South African cricketer of the year, Pollock ended 2003 ranked in the top two bowlers in world cricket. Even during a below-par World Cup, the KwaZulu-Natal star stood out, capturing eight wickets for 172 runs, for a miserly rate of 3.58. If only the rest of the bowling attack could have produced something similar.On top of this, even after he lost the national team captaincy following the World Cup, he continued to maintain his high standards and set a good example for the rest of the team.Newcomer of the year: Jacques RudolphRudolph certainly exploded onto the international scene, hitting an unbeaten 222 in his Test debut against Bangladesh. It was the second highest score on debut in Test history.He had a below-par Test series in England, but was competent in the Nat West one-day series against England and Zimbabwe, averaging nearly 57. By the end of 2003, the Northerns Titans left-handed batsman could boast good and similar averages in both the one-day and Test game. His ODI average stood at 41.67, while his Test average was slightly better at 42.50.A very correct batsman with excellent powers of concentration, Rudolph should become a long-time fixture in the South African team, either at number three or a little lower down the order.Test batsman of the year: Graeme SmithGary Kirsten was a little more consistent, but Smith played some extraordinary innings during 2003, showing a real appetite for runs and the priceless ability to convert hundreds into big hundreds.Against Pakistan early in the year he made 180. Then, in England, he made double-centuries in successive Tests, a South African Test record 277 at Edgbaston, followed by 259 at Lords. He demonstrated fantastic guts and concentration, showing that he’s always up for a good fight. On the evidence of his form this early in his career, Smith should go on to be a world-beater and plenty more big centuries appear a certainty.Special mention: Gary KirstenLooking back on it, it seems ludicrous to think that Kirsten’s international career was precariously poised at the beginning of 2003. However, as he has done throughout his career, the gritty left-hander rose to the challenge, scoring runs at crucial times to secure his place in the team.He chose to retire from one-day internationals after South Africa’s disappointing exit from the World Cup, but by the end of 2003 he was in the minds of many the most important batsman in the South African team. Not only did Kirsten deliver runs in all types of conditions, but he also had a calming influence on his younger less-experienced teammates.His contribution in 2003 included over 800 Test runs, scored at 67.33, including a brilliant 130 in the fourth Test against England that was decisive in South Africa’s victory.Best Test innings: Herschelle GibbsWith four double centuries scored by South African batsmen during the course of 2003 there were more than enough candidates for this honour.Smith’s South African record of 277 against England at Edgbaston was a great effort and certainly worthy of cracking the nod, but I’m rooting for Gibbs’s magnificent 228 against Pakistan in Cape Town in January. He was in imperious form, lambasting the Pakistani bowling attack to all corners of the Newlands ground, smashing 29 fours and six sixes. He needed only 240 balls to score those runs!Special mention: Graeme SmithIt might seem ridiculous not to honour a record-breaking effort with my pick as innings of the year, but then again it’s my pick, whether you agree with it or not. Either of Smith’s double-centuries against England is deserving of special mention in this slot.I will go for his record-setting 277 at Edgbaston, which took him a minute over nine hours to compile. Having said that, his 259 might have been an even better innings!Test bowler of the year: Shaun PollockDuring the course of the year Pollock joined the 300 Test wicket club, achieving the milestone at the lowest average in history. Makhaya Ntini claimed more wickets, but not many more, and Pollock’s wickets came at over 10 runs a wicket cheaper.A master at applying pressure, Pollock conceded only 2.2 runs per over. Some say he has lost his edge – and it is true that he doesn’t bowl with the pace that he once did – but the results are as good as ever. In fact, his average in 2003 was under 20, better than his career average.Special mention: Makhaya NtiniNtini stepped up as the career of the great Allan Donald wound down, providing Pollock with a classy new-ball bowling partner.The Border pace man was superb against Pakistan early in the year, capturing 13 wickets in only two Tests to pick up the man of the series award. Later in the year, against England, he was the top wicket taker on either side in the five-Test series. During the second Test at Lords – which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs – he became the first South African to capture 10 wickets in a match at the home of cricket.Throughout the year Ntini showed a fantastic appetite for the game, with bountiful energy and a great work ethic. He bowled with controlled aggression and enthusiasm and established himself as a true strike bowler.Best Test bowling: Jacques KallisIt was a tough year for Kallis, whose father died from cancer, but he turned in a brilliant spell of bowling in the fourth Test against England at Headingley to help South Africa to a 191-run win. The Western Province all-rounder knocked over three for 38 in the first innings, then, in the second innings, he produced the best Test bowling of the year to claim six for 54.Kallis bowled with good pace, aggression, and tremendous movement to have the English batsmen in trouble and unable to cope with his testing line. It was impressive stuff from Kallis at his best.Special mention: Makhaya NtiniNtini was the only South African to capture 10 wickets in a match in 2003 and he certainly did it in the right place: Lords. His achievement will forever be stored in history on an honours board at the home of cricket.His five for 75 in the first innings helped restrict England to 173 all out on a very good batting pitch, thus setting up the Proteas for a big win. His five for 145 in the second innings was a whole-hearted effort as the English fought hard to save the match on a wicket that played easier and easier.Best Test performance of the year: 2nd Test vs Pakistan at Newlands, 2 – 5 January 2003South Africa seized control of this Test from the opening ball to totally dominate Pakistan and win the game inside four days.Batting first, the Proteas hit 620 for seven at 4.6 runs an over as Smith and Gibbs set a new South African Test record for any wicket with an opening stand of 368.The bowlers then backed up the batsmen well, dismissing the Pakistanis for 252 and 226 to record an emphatic victory by an innings and 142 runs. Pollock and Ntini picked up four wickets each in the first innings and Ntini followed that up with a second four-wicket haul in the second innings.Special mention: 4th Test vs England at Headingley, 21 – 25 August 2003The huge victory in the second Test at Lords – by an innings and 92 runs – is probably the match that will be best remembered from the five-Test series between England and South Africa. But, the Proteas’ 191-run win in the fourth Test was a far tougher contest that was actually considerably closer than the final victory margin suggested.There were a number of truly outstanding performances from South Africans during the course of the match: Kirsten’s 130 out of a total of 342 on a testing pitch was an innings of the highest class and of inestimable value in South Africa’s ultimate victory. Then, the unexpected support he received from Monde Zondeki, who hit 59 while batting at number nine, was fantastic.Kallis generated excellent movement in England’s first innings to capture three for 38, including the key wickets of Marcus Trescothick, Mark Butcher and Ed Smith. In South Africa’s second innings Kirsten delivered again with a solid knock of 60 and Andrew Hall tore the English attack apart with a brilliant, hard-hitting and unbeaten 99 to take the game beyond England.To wrap it all up Kallis produced another great bowling performance to claim six for 54 as England slid to 209 all out. It was a complete performance in trying conditions and it represented Test cricket at its best.Worst Test match performance of the year: 5th Test vs England at the Oval, 4 – 8 September 2003Heading into this match South Africa led the five-Test series 2-1 and needed only a draw to secure a series victory on English soil. At the end of day one the Proteas were on 362 for four and in a strong position to play England out of the match.They went on to make 484, but somehow managed to lose the game from there by the unbelievable margin of nine wickets. A poor fielding performance allowed England to take a first innings lead as they amassed 604 for nine declared.Then, on a good batting strip, the Proteas folded in their second innings, making just 229 as Neil McKenzie top scored with 38. That left England needing only 110 for a series-tying victory and they managed that easily, for the loss of only one wicket. It was a very disappointing performance from South Africa, especially in the light of all the hard work that had gone into the first four Tests to put the team into a position to win the series.Special mention: 1st Test vs Pakistan in Lahore, 17 – 21 October 2003South Africa failed to take advantage of a good batting wicket on the opening day and were dismissed for 320. Then, trailing by 81 on the first innings, the Proteas once more failed to deliver, managing only 241, which left Pakistan needing only 161 to win.It took them only 40.1 overs and the loss of two wickets to wrap up the game. It was a disappointing showing because in both innings the Proteas batsmen were below par.Best one-day international innings: Herschelle GibbsAmazingly, my pick of the bunch came in a losing effort, in fact in a loss by nine wickets to New Zealand in the World Cup! Gibbs was simply sensational as he smashed 143 off just 141 balls at the top of the order to help South Africa to 306 for six.However, the Duckworth/Lewis method and an inspired once-in-a-lifetime innings of 134 not out by Stephen Fleming robbed Gibbs of what should have been a wonderful victory. Nonetheless, he was incredible, smashing 19 fours and three sixes in the best one-day innings by a South African batsman in 2003.Special mention: Jonty RhodesNumber two on my list doesn’t go to a centurion, but rather to someone who just missed out one, but played a wonderful knock nonetheless.Rhodes, playing in front of his home crowd at Kingsmead, scored a superlative 98 off only 92 deliveries in the first one-day international against Pakistan as he took apart a decent-looking bowling attack with superb shot-making and cheeky running between the wickets.Best one-day international bowling performance: Jacques KallisKallis wins for the only five-wicket haul in a one-day international by a South African in 2003. However, quite surprisingly, that effort wasn’t enough to win him the man of the match award!Nonetheless, his five for 41 haul in a 34-run victory, during which the Proteas restricted Pakistan to 231 all out, cracks the nod.Special mention: Shaun PollockPollock’s effort against Pakistan in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Durban was brilliant and it stopped the Pakistanis mounting a challenge to the Proteas.His figures read 9.5 overs, one maiden, three wickets for only 12 runs. It was phenomenal, but somehow not surprising from probably the most miserly limited-overs bowler in the world.Best one-day international performance of the year: 1st ODI vs Pakistan at KingsmeadThis match has come up quiet a few times, but that’s because there were some fine performances in it, a 132-run win for South Africa over a talented Pakistani line-up that had recently run roughshod over Zimbabwe.Rhodes scored a wonderful 98 off 92 balls and Pollock smashed an unbeaten 57 off 51 deliveries as the Proteas reached 272 for seven.Pollock then knocked over three for 12 in a ball less than 10 overs and Nicky Boje claimed three for 29 as the Proteas dismissed Pakistan for only 140 to record a huge victory.Special mention: 5th ODI vs Pakistan in RawalpindiSouth Africa erased a 2-0 series deficit to tie Pakistan at two wins apiece and in the fifth one-day international – with the series on the line – the South Africans didn’t let the momentum slip. They scored a seven-wicket win to claim a memorable come-from-behind series victory.Batting first, Pakistan were restricted to just 192 all out, thanks to a solid all-round bowling performance by South Africa. The Proteas then eased to victory with just over four overs to spare, for the loss of only three wickets.One-day international batsman of the year: Boeta DippenaarHere’s one that will surprise many. However, Dippenaar’s average in 2003 was almost 14 runs better than Kallis, 21 better than Smith, and 23 better than Gibbs.Dippenaar is by no means an explosive limited-overs batsman, but he is a fine accumulator of runs and his knocks often hold the innings together. He was at his best late in the year in Pakistan where he topped the averages with 256 runs scored at 64, including a century and two fifties.Best ODI bowler of the year: Makhaya NtiniWhile he was sometimes a little expensive, Ntini was often very successful. He captured 55 wickets in just four series and the World Cup at an average of only 18.49. Throughout those matches his average never rose beyond 21.Ntini is certainly an entertaining bowler because when he plays one-day cricket his approach remains the same as his approach to the five-day game: attack, don’t defend. He had a wonderful year.Special mention: Shaun PollockPollock personifies tight seam bowling. His economy rate for 2003 was just 3.51 runs conceded per over and it’s worth remembering that he often bowls at the death when batsmen have a real go.Pollock, though, not only kept opposing batting line-ups in check, he also claimed wickets, finishing with 36. He was certainly South Africa’s most consistent bowler, but then again that has been the case for some years now.Worst one-day international performance of the year: 2nd ODI vs Pakistan in Port ElizabethThis was an easy one to pick. South Africa had thrashed Pakistan by 132 runs in the first one-day international but were then hammered by a record margin of 182 runs in the second.Batting first, Pakistan tore the South African bowling attack apart, amassing 335 for six in their 50 overs. Donald’s return of two for 60 in 10 overs was the most economical analysis in the South African attack. Then, the Pakistanis made it seem that the wicket had hidden demons as they dismissed the Proteas for just 153 runs in only 29 overs. A poor performance is a nice way to describe this dud served up by South Africa.Special mention: Nat West Series final vs England at LordsWith silverware up for grabs, South Africa produced a stinker, tumbling to 107 all out in only 32.1 overs as England raced to victory in 20.2 overs, winning easily by seven wickets.Not one batsman managed to make it into the twenties, effectively sealing the fate of the bowlers before they even had a ball in hand. Even then, England managed to score at almost a run a ball as they grabbed the Nat West series away from South Africa.Sad moment of the year: Jonty Rhodes’ forced retirementRhodes had planned to end his international career at the World Cup in South Africa, hopefully with a winner’s medal to put the cherry on the top of his many great achievements. It never happened.He broke a finger in South Africa’s second match against Kenya and that was it as the Proteas failed to fire and missed out on the Super Six stage of the competition. He deserved better.In the case of Rhodes, figures most certainly do not tell the whole story – it’s more a case of them missing the point altogether.His enthusiasm and leadership, his wholehearted effort and his dynamism made South Africa a better team. He will be missed by cricket fans throughout the world.For the record, he finished his limited-overs career with 5 935 runs, scored at an average of 35.11 and a strike rate of 80.91 runs per 100 balls faced. His Test career finished in 2000 after he had scored 2 532 runs at 35.66.His fielding, though, will be remembered more than his batting because he elevated that aspect of the game with his awesome skills, showing people that higher standards can be achieved. Sometimes the ending just isn’t right.Disappointing moment of the year: South Africa’s elimination from the World CupThe Proteas had not been at their best in the World Cup, but if they beat Sri Lanka in their final pool match they would have made it into the Super Sixes, thus giving themselves a chance to become the first team to win cricket’s biggest prize on home soil.But somehow, inexplicably, South Africa’s World Cup nightmare struck once more. Batting first, Sri Lanka put up a challenging score of 268 for nine in their 50 overs. South Africa made a strong reply, getting off to a good start. But then the rains came. As the rain became heavier so the Proteas started flirting with the right and the wrong side of the runs required, according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.The South African dressing room thought the Proteas were one run ahead of what was needed and Mark Boucher blocked the last ball of the 45th over before the teams were forced to leave the field by the rain. Incredibly, the South Africans had the calculations wrong and the Proteas were one run shy of a win.The match was tied and the home side crashed out of the World Cup in the most unfortunate of circumstances, circumstances that somehow seem to appear in new and vicious ways every four years when the World Cup comes around.Good-bye and thank you to: Allan DonaldSouth Africa’s first ever Test bowler to crack the magic 300 wicket mark ended his career at the World Cup where he proved to be largely ineffective.During his career, though, he was one of the leading pace men in the game and spearheaded the Proteas to many victories alongside his new ball partner Pollock, in what was arguably the best opening combination in the game.“White Lightning”, as he was known, ended his career with 330 Test wickets at just 22.25 per wicket, while in ODIs he claimed 272 wickets at 21.78.He was an accomplished strike bowler, capable of taking wickets, intimidating opposition batsmen, tying up an end and motivating his teammates. He certainly gave it his all, even in the final years of his career when injuries proved more and more difficult to overcome.It could be a long time before South Africa is privileged to find someone of Donald’s calibre again. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more