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South African batsman and Captain Hashim Amla raises his bat as he celebrates scoring a double century (200 runs) during the 2nd day of the first test match between South Africa and the West Indies at Supersport Park in Centurion

Raining tons as Proteas go on attack

Hashim Amla’s third double-ton for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl’s unbeaten century on debut against West Indies helped the hosts declare on 552 for five before rain brought an early end to day two of the first Test yesterday.

CREASE MASTERS: Hashim Amla. left, and AB de Villiers were the stars of the show on day one of the first Test between South Africa and West Indies at SuperSport Park Picture:  GALLO IMAGES

Double ton by batting maestros

Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shared a record unbroken double-century stand as South Africa took control of the first Test against West Indies on the opening day at Centurion yesterday.

SWINGING AWAY: The majority of Lusanda Komanisi's punches fell way short of opponent, Filipino Gasca, right, that left him punching air Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

Komanisi rebukes fans

Mdantsane-born Johannesburg-based boxer Lusanda Komanisi may have blown   his relationship for good with East London boxing fans after he criticised them for cheering on his Filipino opponent Roli Gasca in their IBO featherweight title clash at East London’s Orient Theatre on Monday.

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Magnificent Four prove a Sevens dream

Four Blitzbokke have been rewarded for their dazzling displays at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament by being chosen for the HSBC World Dream Team.

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Lwandile Sityatha, right, launches a right-hand punch against Michael Dasmarinas during the IBO world junior bantamweight title bout at the Orient Theatre, in East London on Saturday. Sityatha secured a points victory to retain his crown Picture: MARK ANDREWS

Sityatha retains crown

There were anxious moments in Lwandile Sityatha’s camp when the boxer vomited heavily just moments before his crucial IBO world junior bantamweight title clash at East London’s Orient

A UNITED, active and winning province. This is what the Eastern Cape department of sport, recreation, arts and culture strives for and it is evident at the ongoing SA National Schools Championships in Pretoria.

At the centre of it all is social cohesion, according to EC sport and recreation general manager Deidre Sedras. For team EC, it was not only about winning but more about giving players the opportunity to showcase their talent.

“We must expose these pupils to better things, we strive to capture and develop talent,” Sedras said. “It is, however, important to point out that as much as we want to win, it is not only about that because sport is about many things but most importantly social cohesion. For instance these kids, white and black, see no colour when playing against each other.”

Sedras continued that the province experienced challenges in the tournament but such was expected in an event of this magnitude in which more than 5000 athletes are participating. Among the major challenges was the absence of information packs, no competition schedule and the insufficient time of preparing athletes before the tournament which came just after exams. Faced by these and other minor glitches, the EC delegation of managers and co-ordinators worked around the clock to ensure the pupils were not affected. Also, the coaches did their jobs with aplomb despite the challenges.

The managers held long night meetings at the end of each day since the beginning of the event to make the next day a better one. Sedras believed what worked well was the fact that the competition was a joint initiative with the department of education. However, she is of the view that the competition be split into two in the future, winter games in winter and then summer games at this time of the year to make things easier to manage.

Also, it was key to guard those who dished out outstanding performance in the competition, even when they leave the schools system. Her department was addressing this through focus on club development programme because “you cannot be an incubator forever.” To conclude, she said of the competition: “This has got a big transformation agenda.”

Courageous E Cape team rise above its challenges

A united, active and winning province. This is what the Eastern Cape department of sport, recreation, arts and culture strives for and it is evident at the ongoing SA National Schools

14 December  2014, 

AIMING HIGH: The Team EC U17 Eastern Cape volleyball team ,  volleyball  Players from Woolhope in Port Elizabeth, warming up before their game against Limpopo  at the national schools championships which are currently being held  in Pretoria   Picture MICHAEL PINYANA

‘The gold is guaranteed’

There will be an Eastern Cape team in the U16 rugby finals of the SA National Schools Championships.

Leading the charge: Michael "Sprinkles" Monk flying high thanks to coaching from top professional Greg Emslie Picture: Charmaine Stockigt

Successful coaching bears fruit

Border junior surfing is reaching for the stars thanks to a coaching programme set-up by East London’s most famous professional surfer.

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