TODAY IN HISTORY - FEB 14 - GEORGE LOHMANN STARS AS SOUTH AFRICA BOWLED OUT FOR 30

Cricinfo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cricinfo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The year was 1896 and it was a Valentines Day massacre at Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The English cricket team, led by the 7th Baron of Hawke, Lord Martin Badel, toured South Africa for three test matches. These tests were retrospectively provided test status after confusion about South Africa’s test standing through much of the late 19th century. England had a weak side but had some absolute household names in Tom Hayward, C.B. Fry, Sammy Woods and most importantly George Lohmann. South Africa won the toss of the first test match and sent England in to bat. England compiled 185 in their first innings thanks to a gritty 45 by Fry on debut. South Africa in reply was bowled out for 93 with Lohmann starring with figures of 7 for 38. But this is not where the horror stopped. England were struggling at 72 for 6 but important innings from Woods and captain Lord Hawke propelled England to a respectable total giving them a lead of 319 runs. What happened next was absolute carnage. South Africa were demolished for 30 runs with the scorecard looking like this 2,5,10,0,1,8,3,1*,0,0,0. Lohmann in his 9.4 overs, had unbelievable figures of 8 wickets for 7 runs. This incredibly is not Lohmann’s best figures as he collected 9/28 against the same opponents in the second test match.

Shakti Gounden