First Test

Australia v South Africa

There was never much hope of a definite result with one day lost through rain, but the match was made memorable by the no-balling of Meckiff for throwing and his subsequent retirement from first-class cricket.

Australia made a shaky start, Simpson, Lawry and Burge being out for 88, but Booth rallied them. O'Neill, although struggling to find form, helped Booth add 120 and Benaud also shared a century stand with Booth.

The bowling wilted towards the end of the day and with 153 coming in the last two hours, Australia reached 337 for five by the close. Booth went on to make 169 and the innings closed for 435.

Then came the dramatic over by Meckiff who was no-balled by Egar on his second, third, fifth and ninth deliveries. That was his only over. Egar was booed and Meckiff was carried shoulder high by a section of the crowd at the close.

South Africa made a promising start, but ran into trouble against Benaud and were 157 for four at the end of the second day.

No play was possible on Monday and on the fourth day extra police were sent to the ground because of fears that the umpires, selectors and Benaud might be molested because of the Meckiff incident. There were no scenes.

With little hope of victory, South Africa concentrated on saving the game. Barlow hit his first Test century, batting nearly six hours for 114. Waite also batted carefully and the Australian lead was restricted to 89. Lawry hit briskly for 87 outscoring O'Neill and Benaud declared, setting South Africa to score 234 in four hours.

A little later a violent storm flooded the ground and ended the match. Afterwards Goddard entered hospital for a nasal operation. Booth suffered two chips on a knuckle while fielding.

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