Graeme Pollock, batsman supreme

first_imgGraeme Pollock was voted South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century in 2000, and no one who saw him play would dispute the honour.Graeme Pollock retired from the first-class game in the 1986/87 season at the age of 43. His career had begun 26 years earlier. (Image: CricBuzz)Brand South Africa ReporterGraeme Pollock was voted South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century in 2000, and no one who saw him play would dispute the honour. A left-handed batsman who struck the ball with the sweetest timing and made the game look easy, Pollock is the most successful left-hander in test history, with an average second only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.Pollock was just 19 years old when he made his test debut, facing Australia in Brisbane. He made 25 runs. In the next test he made only 16 and two, but in the third match of the series he made an early mark on the game.Playing in Sydney, Pollock made 122 in South Africa’s first innings, a knock of such quality that Sir Donald Bradman suggested: “Next time you decide to play like that, send me a telegram.” Pollock made a further 42 runs in the second innings.SA third-wicket recordIn Adelaide, he and Eddie Barlow shared a South African third-wicket record partnership of 341, with Pollock hitting 175 and Barlow 201. South Africa won the test by 10 wickets to even the series.In the final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pollock made 17. Not yet out of his teens, he had finished the series with 399 runs to his name at an average of 57. That was but a sign of things to come.Pollock missed two of three four-day tests against New Zealand immediately after the Australian tour, but returned for the third test to score 30 and 23.Next up for the young star was a five-test series against England in South Africa, and he started slowly with scores of five, nought and 12 before he finally found some form to make 55. From that point on, things improved markedly as Pollock scored three fifties and a century in his next six innings. Again he finished with a series average of just over 57.SA in EnglandThe Springboks next headed for England for a three-test series, hoping to avenge the one-nil series loss they had suffered at home. The first test was drawn as Pollock scored 56 and five, but the next game belonged to the Pollock brothers.Graeme scored 125 out of the 269 that South Africa totalled in their first innings. Such was the quality of his contribution that famed cricket writer EW Swanton wrote:“An innings was played here today by Graeme Pollock which in point of style and power, of ease and beauty of execution, is fit to rank with anything in the annals of the game.” Such was the left-hander’s dominance that when he was dismissed the total stood on just 162!England managed 240 in reply to South Africa’s effort as the older Pollock, Peter, captured 5 for 53. Graeme then tallied 59 in the Springboks’ second innings of 289, leaving the English requiring 319 for victory.They didn’t come close as Peter Pollock once again ripped through their ranks, claiming 5 for 34 to finish with match figures of 10 for 87, as South Africa took the win that would seal a series triumph. Graeme also contributed to the bowling effort, sending down five overs of leg spin, conceding only four runs and removing England captain MJK Smith for 24.In the drawn third test Graeme Pollock scored 12 and 32, falling to a run out in his second innings. The cricketer’s Bible, Wisden, voted him one of their five Cricketers of the Year in 1966.Substantial contributionThe South Africans next faced Australia in 1966/67 in a five-match test series at home. Pollock’s contribution was once again substantial. In the first test, which South Africa won by 233 runs, he failed in the first innings, making only five, but his second visit to the crease netted him 90 runs.The Australians levelled the series in the second test despite a magnificent performance from Pollock. He made 209 out of a South African total of 353, but trailing by 189 runs on the first innings proved too big a deficit to overcome and the tourists won by six wickets, Pollock making only four in his second knock.Playing in Durban, the Springboks took a two-one series lead thanks to an eight-wicket victory in which the star left-hander contributed two and an undefeated 67. Rain saved the Australians from defeat in the fourth test during which Pollock made 22, but in the fifth test at his home ground of St George’s Park he helped South Africa to a three-one series triumph with innings of 105 and 33 not out. His average for the series was 76.71.Australia crushedSadly, Pollock was to play only one more test series before a ban on South Africa ended his international career, but in that series he played for a team that many regard as the best South African team of all time. They crushed Australia four-nil with the margin of victory increasing from test to test.This was not a bad Australian side. They had, in fact, just beaten India in India, taking the five-match series three-one. The previous season they had beaten a West Indies team that included Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Charlie Griffith, Wes Hall and Lance Gibbs three-one in a five-test series. However, they were no match for the Springboks.South Africa won the first test, played in Cape Town, by 170 runs. Pollock made 49 and 50. In the second test in Durban, he and Barry Richards absolutely slaughtered the Australian bowling attack as South Africa totalled 622 for 9 declared in their first innings. Pollock’s contribution was a then South African record of 274, while Richards made 140. Australia had no answers to the challenge and went down by an innings and 129 runs.Pollock scored 52 and 87 in the third test as South Africa cruised to a 307-run win. In the fourth test, a 323-run victory, he managed only one and four at his home ground in Port Elizabeth. Without the failures of his final test, his average would have been 64.26; as it was it finished at 60.97.Premature endConsidering that Pollock was just 26 years of age when his test career was brought to a premature end, it is reasonable to suggest that he would have improved his average. What he could have achieved is a matter of speculation, but there must have been many bowlers that sighed with relief that they did not have to test themselves against the great left-hander.Pollock retired from the first-class game in the 1986/87 season at the age of 43. His career had begun 26 years earlier. He made 20 940 runs, including 64 centuries and 99 fifties – his conversion rate from fifties to hundreds an indication of his genius. He averaged 54.67.Limited overs matches were introduced some time after his career began, and he played only 112 innings in the shorter form of the game. Nonetheless, he tallied 4 656 runs at an average of over 50.So much more than the statisticsThe statistics are impressive, but Pollock was so much more than the statistics indicate. He dominated bowlers, stroking the ball with such power that cover fielders would often only turn around once a cracking drive that had sped past them was five metres from the boundary.He made the game look simple and stunning at the same time. He was comfortable against any type of bowling and could bat on any surface. He was arguably the greatest left-handed batsman the world has yet seen.In February 2009, the genius of Pollock was recognised when he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame as one of the first 55 players to be honoured.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Millions vote in record SA election

first_imgJanine Erasmus and Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s fourth democratic election on 22 April 2009 was marked by massive enthusiasm from South Africans, with 17.9-million people, or 77.3% of the country’s 23-million registered voters, casting their ballots across the country.This was the highest number of votes cast since the first democratic elections in 1994, when 19.5-million voters, 87% of the electorate, made their mark.In the previous general election held in 2004 there was a 76% turnout, with 15.6-million votes cast, and in 1999 an 89% turnout, with 15.9-million votes cast.Results As expected, the national elections saw the African National Congress (ANC) returned to power, but with a slightly reduced total of 65.6% of the vote, or 264 seats in the National Assembly of parliament. Crucially, this saw the ruling party losing its two-thirds majority, the majority required to make changes to South Africa’s Constitution.The Democratic Alliance (DA) came in with 16.6% of the vote, giving it 67 seats in parliament and again making it the official opposition. The Congress of the People, a party formed by former ANC members in 2008, came in third with 7.4% of the vote and 30 seats in parliament.The ANC also came out tops in the provincial vote, winning a majority in eight of the country’s nine provinces. The exception was the Western Cape, which went to the DA with a 51.46% majority. NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Party % votes cast Seats in National Assembly African National Congress 65.90% 264Democratic Alliance16.66% 67Congress of the People7.42% 30Inkatha Freedom Party4.55% 18Independent Democrats0.92% 4United Democratic Movement0.85% 4Freedom Front Plus0.83% 4African Christian Democratic Party0.81% 3United Christian Democratic Party0.37% 2Pan Africanist Congress0.27% 1Minority Front0.25% 1Azanian People’s Organisation0.22% 1African People’s Convention0.20% 1 PROVINCIAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Province ANC DA Cope IFP ID UDM FF+ ACDP Others Eastern Cape 69.79% 9.97 13.32% 0.09% 0.45% 3.95% 0.23% 0.59% 1.61% Free State 71.99% 12.11% 11.12% 0.21% 0.17% 0.32% 1.61% 0.70% 1.77% Gauteng 64.83% 21.29% 7.78% 1.47% 0.57% 0.39% 1.37% 0.89% 1.41% KwaZulu-Natal 64.07% 10.35% 1.55% 20.55% 0.20% 0.21% 0.18% 0.59% 2.30% Limpopo 85.37% 3.71% 7.22% 0.05% 0.09% 0.33% 0.54% 0.63% 2.06% Mpumalanga 85.90% 7.60% 2.89% 0.54% 0.12% 0.23% 0.83% 0.51% 1.38% Northern Cape 61.18% 13.09% 15.96% 0.14% 4.73% 0.12% 1.19% 0.98% 2.61% North West 73.96% 8.71% 8.44% 0.15% 0.44% 0.51% 1.43% 0.74% 5.62% Western Cape 32.89% 48.83% 9.07% 0.06% 4.49% 0.77% 0.86% 1.62% 1.41% Long hoursLive television coverage throughout the day reported inconvenient incidents at several of the country’s 19 726 voting stations, such as a shortage of ballot papers, pens and other essential items. There was also a smattering of violence and controversy but, for the most part, the day’s proceedings went smoothly.The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said many voting stations were still operating long after their scheduled closing times in order to accommodate the thousands of people who turned up to vote.In Gauteng, said the IEC, some 40% of voting stations were still open after midnight. The cut-off time for the closing of voting stations was 9:00pm and only people who were already in the queue were allowed to cast their vote after this time. Anyone who arrived after the deadline was turned away, but with stations remaining open for 14 hours, there was little excuse for tardiness.Forty political parties vied for votes in this year’s elections and, of these, 28 contested seats for the National Assembly.The 2009 general election was also remarkable because it was the first time since 1994 that South Africans living overseas were freely allowed to vote, provided they were already listed on the voters’ roll. According to the results, 77% of the expat vote went to the DA.This decision was handed down by the Pretoria High Court in February 2009 after the Freedom Front Plus party brought the case to the bench on behalf of a South African teacher living in London. The Pretoria High Court referred the matter for confirmation to the Constitutional Court, which upheld the decision.The IEC also made provision for voters with special needs, such as a braille voting sheet for the visually impaired.Appreciation at high levelsIn a statement made from Johannesburg’s Sunninghill Hospital, ANC president Jacob Zuma praised South Africans for their commitment to democracy.“I am very happy that people came out to vote and I am glad that people understand what voting is all about,” Zuma said during a visit to a woman who was injured in a bus accident on her way to the party’s final rally the previous weekend. The ANC win means Zuma will succeed Kgalema Motlanthe as president of South Africa.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu observed that in the first years of South Africa’s democracy most people would have voted for the ANC, but the current situation was not as straightforward.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, felt that South African voters understood the issues at stake, and that she was delighted with the results so far. The Democratic Alliance is likely to entrench its position as official opposition once the final results are released.IEC chair Brigalia Bam expressed her appreciation for the nationwide cooperation of voters. “We thank voters for their enthusiasm and patience as they waited to exercise their democratic right to vote,” she added.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africans go to the pollsSA expats vote abroadGovernment in South AfricaUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral Institute of South AfricaInstitute for Security StudiesAfrican National CongressDemocratic AllianceCongress of the PeopleElections 2009X for Democracy (educational website)last_img read more

What AOL Got When it Bought About.me

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… AnalyticsIn addition to having a much better name than competitor Flavors.me, About.me also offers simple but attractive personal analytics. Its users are presented a dashboard view of the number of times their profiles have been viewed, the number of inbound links to their page and the people they interact with most commonly on other social networks.That sounds simple, but if well executed this is what such an analytics feature promises: you are here on the internet, it’s a big part of your life, let’s set you up with some way to keep track of your experience and how it changes over time.It’s part of a larger trend, too. O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures invested last month in RunKeeper, a service that tracks all kinds of exercise experiences its users have and share, and they said it fit under the broader category of the quantified self.About.me’s analytics are like the Quantified Self for a person’s experience across the social web. TalentIn acquiring this new startup, AOL lands the talent of multiple serial entrepreneurs, most notably Tony Conrad. Conrad was already a “special advisor to AOL” after the sale of his last startup, Sphere, to the company. He’s also the best-known face at venture capital firm True Ventures, on the Board of Directors at Automattic (WordPress), sold Oddpost to Yahoo and now landed more millions for selling a not-even-launched startup to AOL.If you’re someone who is suspect of people with thick, elite resumes, you’re probably suspect of this guy. He recorded a charming video today with his old friend Michael Arrington and said he sold to AOL because of the natural synergy between the startup and its acquirer, believe it or not. (Silicon Alley Insider got the real story on why the startup sold so fast.)Get a little bit more of his time spent at AOL, together with Arrington, Jason Shellen, creator of Google Reader and most recently co-founder of Thing Labs (Shellen worked on a startup called Plinky with About.me’s Freitas, too) and a growing number of others, and you’ve got a pretty strong team of Web 2.0 winners. That’s the kind of experience that could inform some decisions that would help get AOL back in the game.Put all of those factors together and the deal looks more interesting. Can AOL put About.me to good use? Time will tell. Who knows? Maybe this is just a silly website, hyped in a circle by Valley insiders and bought by a desperate old Internet company for far too much money. Time will tell. Tags:#Analysis#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The guys at About.me say they considered a number of different URLs for their company. That they chose the name About.me seemed to pay off today when it was announced that the four-month old company, lead by some of Silicon Valley’s best known startup people, has become AOL’s latest acquisition.With the startup acquisitions piling up in just the past couple of years, including About.me, 5Min, ThingLabs, SocialThing and TechCrunch, it looks like AOL is trying to take a shot at what Yahoo! is now admitting it failed at: amassing hot little startups and the brains behind them to try to form a cohesive whole. But what did AOL get in its acquisition of About.me?It would be easy to say that About.me is a silly website, hyped in a circle by Valley insiders and bought by a desperate old Internet company for far too much money. That’s the cynical way to understand this deal – but in case you haven’t noticed, the Web is in the midst of an incredible period of creativity and change. How could one understand the About.me deal within that less cynical context? IdentityPeople need placeholders on the web, hubs for identity, calling cards; though Facebook owns identity today, that grasp is only as strong as the begrudging love of its users. People both love and hate Facebook – and a very large percentage of them don’t trust it.Tell them they can get a simple, attractive, clearly understandable central identity repository on the web and they may respond well. That may be more true in the future than it is today. That’s at least part of AOL’s bet on About.me.Call it a logical way to take advantage of widespread digital photography, call it Glamour Shots 2.0, call it what OpenID wished it could be but with a much better User Experience. Will people want to use this service? Many people undoubtedly will. Funny looking people, maybe not, but most people online (and on AOL) are good-looking San Francisco artist types, right? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Right Now

first_imgRight now you could be nurturing your dream client. You could be reaching out to communicate something of value that they could use to immediately think differently or produce better results in their business.Right now you could be prospecting. You could be on the telephone now calling your dream clients to follow up on all the nurturing you’ve done over the last six months. Right now you could be asking for an appointment.Right now you could be face-to-face with one of your existing clients. You could be deepening your relationship, proving that you’re accountable for results, and exploring new opportunities. Right now you could be building something.Right now you could be working on developing yourself personally and professionally. You could be listening to an audio program, reading a book, reading a journal, or writing down everything you’ve learned this year. Right now you could be sharpening your saw.Right now you could be sending a thank you card. Right now you could be showing your gratitude for the dream client that give you your big opportunity to share. Or you could be sending a thank you note to the people on your team who have delivered on all the promises that you made, no matter how difficult they were to keep.Right now you could be planning for your next sales call. You could be identifying all the things you already know, all the things you need to know, what your client expects from you in the way of value creation, and the commitment that you are going to need to gain once you’ve earned it. Right now you could be doing the work that insures your success tomorrow.Right now you could be wasting time. You could be scanning the Internet for novelties and distractions. You could be doing the pretend work that makes you look busy without producing any real results. Right now you could be avoiding making the call that you most need to make. Right now you could be spending time that you will later wish you had invested wisely.What are you doing right now?QuestionsNow that you’ve read this, what are you going to do right now?What is the one action that you most need to take now?What is the one activity you’re avoiding? How will you feel after you complete that task?What is it that you fear? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more