September 23, 2002

Enoch Nkwe scores century on debut

Andrew Samson

On Saturday, Enoch Nkwe became the 13th player to score a century on his first-class debut for Gauteng. Of these, nine had played first-class cricket previously, so Nkwe is the fourth to make a first-class debut century while playing for Gauteng.

The following players scored centuries on their first-class debuts for Gauteng (Transvaal). Those marked with an asterisk were also making their overall first-class debut.

MP Bowden 126* vs Griqualand West Kimberley 1889/90
F Mitchell 102 vs Griqualand West Port Elizabeth 1902/03
CN Frank * 108 vs Aus Imp Forces Johannesburg 1919/20
WFE Marx * 240 vs Griqualand West Johannesburg 1920/21
HG Deane 165 vs Orange Free State Benoni 1923/24
AW Nourse 204 vs Griqualand West Johannesburg 1925/26
KG Viljoen 124 vs Natal Johannesburg 1936/37
HS Lacey * 102 vs Rhodesia Salisbury 1945/46
BL Irvine 138* vs Eastern Province Johannesburg 1969/70
BA Richards 140 vs Rest of SA Cape Town 1970/71
SB Smith 115 vs Boland Vereeniging 1989/90
ND McKenzie 128 vs Zimbabwe A Johannesburg 1995/96
E Nkwe * 106 vs Easterns Johannesburg 2002/03

Note also the RB Kanhai scored 134 on his first-class debut for the Transvaal SACBOC team vs Natal SACBOC at Lenasia in 1974/75.