England dominates Springboeks before torrential rains stopped play -The Cricket Social: South Africa v England – third Test, day three

Third Test, Port Elizabeth, day three
Four-match series level at 1-1
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Bess takes all five wickets before rain stops play – listen to The Cricket Social Media updates

No play in Port Elizabeth, but we do have live cricket commentary available.
  1. Rain – no play since 09:45 GMT
  2. Bess has all five wickets
  3. Elgar 35, Van der Dussen 24
  4. Three short-leg catches for Pope
  5. Root drops Nortje on 3 off Bess
  6. South Africa 60-2 overnight
  7. Third Test, Port Elizabeth, day three
  8. Four-match series level at 1-1
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Leicestershire Men And Women Who Gave Their Lives For Their Country: South Africa Boer War 1899 – 1902

Leicester War Memorial Current location

A low granite wall with bronze plaques of list of the dead, central squat pedestal with bronze kneeling angel in flowing robes holding sword and olive branch, showing Peace. Figures of grief & war mounted on end pillars. The forecourt consists of a paved area and small garden, all partially fenced off from the roadside pavement with metal railings. Post finials alternate in the forms of a perched lion and a sphere.



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England suffer agonising New Zealand defeat – Netball World Cup 2019


‘Roses’ hearts are broken!’ England lose exciting semi-final to NZ

England missed out on the Netball World Cup final once again as they fell to an agonising 47-45 defeat by New Zealand in Liverpool/By Denise Evans, BBC Sport in Liverpool

New Zealand go on to face holders Australia in Sunday’s final for a sixth consecutive tournament.

England have now lost eight straight World Cup semi-finals and face South Africa in the bronze-medal match.

They will match their achievements from 2015 if they beat the Proteas, who were narrowly beaten by Australia in the opening semi-final.

Tracey Neville’s Roses famously fought back to snatch a late win in the gold-medal match against the Diamonds at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

But this time they were on the receiving end of the disappointment.

New Zealand showed their intent by surging into a 5-0 lead as England panicked, but the Roses regrouped to take a three-goal lead into half-time.

Until this match, England had not come from behind in the tournament and as the Silver Ferns pushed back in front, they looked intent on staying there.

England threw everything at the Kiwis in the final quarter – but their opposition soaked up the pressure and played down the seconds left on the clock.

What went wrong for England?

England did not look like the confident team who came through the group stages without losing a quarter.

Shooter Jo Harten’s form dropped dramatically in the first half, compared to her heroics in the previous game against South Africa, and she only improved when she moved to goal attack.

England’s engine room and captain Serena Guthrie was also guilty of failing to bring the goods on the day.

Head coach Neville said her side’s “basic errors” cost them the game.

“New Zealand came out really strong in that first quarter, “she said. “We didn’t learn our lessons quickly enough. We seemed to be chasing the game, which is something we haven’t done in this tournament.

“We gave it our all but didn’t have the legs. This tournament is quite brutal. We’ve got another game tomorrow and we go again.”

‘We’ve already won in some respects’

It was a rocky road to this final for New Zealand. They failed to reach the Commonwealth finals in 2018 for the first time and dropped to fourth in the rankings, one place behind England.

Off the court, key player Laura Langman, who has made more than 100 international appearances, was out of the set-up for 18 months because she chose to play her club netball in Australia.

But the arrival of coach Noeline Taurua in 2018 led to those club rules being relaxed and now Langman, along with veteran defender Casey Kopua, will get a shot at gold again in what is likely to be their last World Cup.

“I’m a bit lost for words,” said Taurua. “We’ve got one more game to go to get the gold and that’s what we’re going for.

“We’ve already won in some respects. We were underdogs coming into this game. There’s nothing else for us to worry about.”

New Zealand came close to beating the Diamonds in the preliminary stages and this victory over the hosts will surely give them the belief they need to beat their long-time rivals.

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South African President Ramaphosa’s ANC retains power amid apathy, waning support



South Africa’s ANC poised for election victory but support ebbs

The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election on Friday, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago.

South Africans voting in Wednesday’s election for a new parliament and nine provincial legislatures expressed frustration at rampant corruption, high unemployment and racial inequalities that persist 25 years after the first all-races poll marked the end of white minority rule.

The poll was the toughest test yet for the ANC, which has ruled South Africa since the 1994 election. Nelson Mandela’s former liberation party has not won less than a 60% share of the vote since it came to power.

The ANC was in the driving seat for the parliamentary race with more than two-thirds of the voting districts counted. By 0600 GMT, 75.6% of ballots in 22,925 voting districts had been counted, showing the ANC to be in the lead with 57.21%, while the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) was on 21.81 % and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had garnered 10%.

At the last election in 2014, the ANC won 62% of votes, the DA 22% and the EFF 6%.

The ANC had hoped to reverse or at least arrest a slide in support after its efforts to address racial disparities in landownership, housing and services since the end of apartheid faltered. South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world, according to the World Bank.

Based on the latest results from the Electoral Commission, analysts predicted the ANC was set for a vote share of between 55-59%. A poor showing for the ANC would embolden opponents of President Cyril Ramaphosa and risk a potential challenge to his leadership, analysts have said.

“The ANC will be elected with a record low of 27% of the eligible population backing them, compared with 47%in 1999. This kind of dynamic is not a mandate nor an impetus to change,” said Peter Attard Montalto, head of capital markets research at Intellidex.


The rand steadied against the dollar in early trade on Friday, with traders saying the currency would remain volatile as markets digest the poll results. “As the ANC win is digested, markets will swiftly shift their focus to the subsequent actions of the ruling party, including the announcement of cabinet as well as policies relating to expropriation of land without compensation,”  said Bianca Botes, corporate treasury manager at Botes Peregrine Treasury Solutions.

With promises to fight graft, improve public services, put people into jobs and hasten land reforms, Ramaphosa won an internal party leadership election in December 2017, narrowly defeating a faction allied with former head of state Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa replaced the scandal-plagued Zuma as President of Africa’s most advanced economy three months later.

But his efforts have been constrained by divisions within his own party, where some Zuma supporters still retain influence and oppose his agenda. “People have shown they are willing to forgive the ANC,”said Ronald Lamola, a member of the ANC’s top governing body. “We are looking at a clear mandate for our policies.”

The ANC achieved its best parliamentary election result in2004 under former president Thabo Mbeki, when it won more than69 percent of the vote. But its support fell under Zuma, and it lost control of big cities like Johannesburg, the commercial capital, in local government elections in 2016.

The party controls eight of the country’s nine provinces. The DA has controlled the Western Cape since the 2009 vote.

The partial results showed ANC ahead in Gauteng province, where South Africa’s biggest city Johannesburg and the administrative capital Pretoria are located, while the DA led in the Western Cape, home to Cape Town, where parliament resides.

Election officials said voting in general had progressed smoothly but that there had been isolated disruptions caused by bad weather, unscheduled power outages or community protests.