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From Newlands to non-racial nets: My (white) toe in the water

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General view of Newlands cricket ground.
General view of Newlands cricket ground.
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Trepidation? Excitement? Oh, very much in equal measure.

Those were my feelings in the summer of 1989/90 - preceding the release of Nelson Mandela; apartheid still firmly on the statute - when I gingerly trod a path no prior "white establishment" mainstream newspaper's cricket writer in South Africa, to my knowledge, previously had.

In my humblest of journalistic ways, I crossed the great divide between the sometimes bitter rivals - the two most prominent cricket factions at that time in our knife-edged country.

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