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On This Day – 14 and 15 January





1933 – England’s Bodyline bowling tactics reached its culmination on the second day of the third cricket Test in Adelaide as Bill Woodfull was struck over the heart by Harold Larwood. Two days later Bertie Oldfield sustained a fractured skull when he missed a hook

Bill Woodfull is struck by Harold Larwood in Adelaide

1985 – Women’s tennis sensation Martina Navratilova becomes only the third to win 100 tennis tournaments, after Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert

2017 – South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs at the Wanderers, to complete a 3-0 series whitewash. Angelo Mathews described it as the worst defeat of his tenure


1898 – Test cricket’s first six is hit by Australia’s Joe Darling. He hit the ball out of Adelaide Oval to reach his century against England. In those days you had to hit it out of the ground to get six; clearing the boundary was only worth five runs!

2008 – The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sells broadcasting rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for $ 1 billion


1979 – Former West Indies opening bat Daren Ganga is born today


1984 – Ray Kroc, founder of MacDonalds and owner of US baseball team San Diego Padres, dies at age 82 

15 January


1857 – The first first-class cricket match played in Sydney: New South Wales vs. Victoria at The Domain

1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball, in The Triangle magazine, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

1895 – Albert Trott takes record 8/43 on cricket Test debut

1930 –West Indies cricket legend George Headley scores century (176) on debut, versus England

1942 – US President Franklin Roosevelt asks commissioner to continue baseball during war

1983 – Pakistan’s Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar make a 451-run stand versus India

1984 – Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova’s 54-match tennis winning streak

Hana Mandlikova (left) ends Martina Navratilova’s 54-match tennis winning streak

1988 – Narendra Hirwani takes 16/136 (8/61 and 8/75) vs. West Indies on his Test debut

Narendra Hirwani: 16 wickets on Test debut at the age of 19

2002 – Muttiah Muralitharan reaches the 400-wicket landmark by bowling out Zimbabwe’s Henry Olonga in Galle


1988 – Indo ’keeper Kiran More stumps five West Indian batsmen at Madras, a world Test record


1969 – Birth of Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer legend