A South African cricket exhibition is now on display at the MCC Museum until March 2018.
South African cricket has so often been affected by off-field troubles, such as the well-known D’Oliveira affair of 1968 and the long years of isolation that ended only with the fall of the National Party government and its apartheid policies.
But while racial politics have never been far below the surface in the country’s sporting history, this exhibition reflects how much more there is to explore, from the early cricket played by British soldiers stationed in the Cape following the Napoleonic Wars to the re-emergence of South Africa as a major force in international cricket in the 1990s and beyond.
Artefacts on display include several from the family of South African Test cricketer Russell Endean, an outstanding all-round sportsman who set the mould for outstanding fielding, later followed by his compatriots Colin Bland and Jonty Rhodes.
Prominent among these are the scrapbooks he kept during his tour of Australia with the South African team in 1952–53 and a stump which was split during the final Test of that tour in Melbourne.
Also featured are several items relating to Geoff Griffin’s remarkable, sole Test match at Lord’s, in which he became the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick at the ground, while also being no-balled so often due to his unusual action that he never played Test cricket again.
See the exhibition on the famous Lord's Tour.
Those attending a match at Lord's this summer can also visit the MCC Museum on the day of the match.