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Herschelle Gibbs Hits Sixes Record at Cup
Mar 16, 2007South African Gibbs hit six sixes in an over, the first ever in a cricket international, (first at a one-day international and a World Cup) as his team dominated the Netherlands in the World Cup group stage match. Gibbs achieved his feat off Daan van Bunge to help the top- ranked South Africans amass 353-3, the fifth-highest tally at a World Cup. It's up there with the best things I've done. I never thought about getting six in a row, but if it's your day, it's your day, Gibbs' said after the match. Gibbs's heroics allowed him to became only the third member of an exclusive club of players who have hit six sixes in an elite match. He joined India's Ravi Shastri and West Indian Garfield Sobers, who both achieved the feat in first class cricket in respectively 1985 and 1968.
Gibbs's whirlwind innings was ended five balls later when he holed out to a catch on the long-on boundary by Van Bunge off a ball from Dutch captain Luuk van Troost. He faced just 40 balls for his 72, which included four fours and seven sixes.
Tournament sponsor Johnnie Walker, which pledged to donate US$1 million to Habitat for Humanity housing projects if a batsman could hit six sixes in an over, has confirmed it will pay up.
Following the announcement, the Dutch captain Van Troost said, I'm happy with that, better six sixes than five sixes. Hope it's going to a good foundation.
South Africa get a great send-off for World Cup
Mar 01, 2007South Africa received a perfect send-off to the World Cup, as captain Graeme Smith was presented with the International Cricket Council (ICC) One Day International (ODI) Championship Shield here for occupying the top spot in the team rankings list.
Smith's side assumed the top spot in the ODI rankings from Australia earlier this month following an outstanding run of results over the past year, which has seen the team win 15 of its past 21 matches, including seven of the last eight. It is the first time a side has overtaken Australia in the ICC ODI Championship table since the listings began in October 2002. If South Africa continues to hold the top spot till April 1 they will win $175,000 for being there. The side placed second will win $75,000. The shield was presented to Smith Wednesday by a representative of the Championship's sponsor, LG Electronics, as the Proteas prepared to fly to the Caribbean for a go at the World Cup -- starting March 11 -- a prize that has eluded them since their return to international cricket 15 years ago. "This a great honour and a deserved reward for all the hard work the team has put in over the past 18 months. However, heading the log at this stage will not change our focus on the job at hand over the next two months in the Caribbean," said Smith.
Gerald Majola, the chief executive officer of the South African cricket board said that it was an outstanding achievement by the Proteas under Smith's captaincy. "They have had an extraordinary run of form over the past 12 months. This includes a 3-2 series win over Australia, sealed by scoring a then world-record 438/9 as well as seven wins from their last eight completed matches," said Majola. "Now all eyes are on the World Cup and the players are quite confident that their teamwork will stand them in good stead throughout the tournament." South Africa is in Group A with Australia, Scotland and the Netherlands. The Proteas will open their campaign in the 16-nation meet against the Dutch, March 16 in St Kitts and Nevis.
Lighter jerseys for South Africa in World Cup
Feb 27, 2007South African cricket team will have specially designed new lightweight jerseys that will help the players to keep their body dry during the forthcoming World Cup in the West Indies.
The jersey is made from 100 percent moisture management polyester fabric that enables maximum movement and optimal transportation of perspiration to keep the body dry and cool using maximum ventilation zones. The South African cricket board and its technical sponsor hummel have developed the jersey and the International Cricket Council has also approved it for the 16-nation tournament starting March 11. In comparison to the traditional Standard Bank one-day jersey, this specially developed Proteas' kit is made from 20 percent lighter fabric and the trousers are made from 25 percent lighter fabric.
A special printing method has also been used for players' names and numbers on the jersey, reducing the ink by 50 percent, which also improves the players' feel and comfort. "In creating the jersey, we used the hummel Temperature Control System resulting in a quick dry and high comfort garment. The jersey also has a raglan sleeve construction for better and more sufficient move," said Henrik Lauritzen, marketing director of hummel Africa. "As a result of special treatment used on the garment, the build-up of static charges is at a minimum reducing the clinging effect". South Africa are in Group A with Australia, Scotland and the Netherlands. The Proteas will open their campaign against the Dutch, March 16. The final will be played April 28.
South Africa names World Cup team
Feb 16, 2007There were no surprises on Thursday when South Africa announced their 15-man squad for next month's Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
The selectors have stuck with the same side that completed a 3-1 victory over Pakistan in the one-day series that ended on Wednesday. The selectors duly delivered on that pledge by naming batsmen Loots Bosman, Herschelle Gibbs and Ashwell Prince, spinner Robin Peterson and pace bowlers Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini and Roger Telemachus. It's a strong squad. But there are still concerns though, that the newly-laid wickets in the West Indies may not suit the South African attack - and highlight their lack of world class slow bowlers. South Africa World Cup team : Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Roger Telemachus.
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All World Cup Cricket matches in West Indies start at 09:30 local time (14:30GMT). The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will be played on March 13, 2007 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, between the host West Indies and Pakistan.