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Transvaal cricket team

Gauteng cricket team (formerly Transvaal cricket team) is the first-class cricket team of the province of Gauteng (previously Transvaal; Gauteng was called Transvaal from April 1890 to April 1997) in South Africa. Under the main competition's various names – the Currie Cup, then the Castle Cup, now the SuperSport Series – Transvaal/Gauteng cricket team has been the most successful of the South African domestic sides, winning 25 times. The club's most glorious period was the 1980s when they were dubbed the "Mean Machine".

For the purposes of the SuperSport Series, Gauteng has merged with North West (formerly Western Transvaal) to form the Highveld Lions or, more simply, "the Lions". (from October 2004 to the present time).

Honours

  • Currie Cup (25) - 1889–90, 1894–95, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1906–07, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1929–30, 1934–35, 1950–51, 1958–59, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1999–00; shared (4) - 1921–22, 1937–38, 1965–66, 1969–70
  • Standard Bank Cup (6) - 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1992–93, 1997–98, 2003–04
  • South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge (1) - 2006–07
  • South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge (1) - 2007–08
  • Gillette/Nissan Cup (9) - 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1990–91

Notable players

Among the notable players are: Gordon Eric McMillan, Clive Rice, Jimmy Cook, Sylvester Clarke, Graeme Pollock, Alvin Kallicharran, Roy Pienaar, Hugh Page, Richard Snell, Henry Fotheringham, and Ray Jennings.

Venues

Venues have included:

  • Old Wanderers, Johannesburg (1891–1946)
  • Berea Park, Pretoria (occasional venue Dec 1906 - Jan 1932; Northerns venue from 1937)
  • Willowmoore Park, Benoni (occasional venue Dec 1923 - Dec 1931; Northerns venue from 1948)
  • Ellis Park, Johannesburg (1946–1956)
  • New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (1956–present)
  • Vereeniging Brick and Tile Recreation Ground (one game in 1966)
  • New Wanderers No 1 Oval, Johannesburg (occasional venue Nov 1968 - Dec 1991)
  • Strathvaal Cricket Club A Ground, Stilfontein (occasional venue Dec 1963 - March 1976)
  • South African Defence Force Ground, Potchefstroom (one game in Dec 1972)
  • Lenasia Stadium, Johannesburg (occasional venue Jan 1977 - Nov 2002)
  • George Lea Sports Club, Johannesburg (two games in 1983)
  • Dick Fourie Stadium, Vereeniging (two matches 1989 - 1991)
  • NF Oppenheimer Ground, Randjesfontein (three matches 1995 - 2004)

References

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
  • "Cricinfo"


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