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Luke Alfred Writes About Cricketer Edmund Ntikinca’s 40 Plus Years in the Game

The Art of LosingLuke Alfred, author of The Art of Losing, has written about cricketer Edmund Ntikinca for the Mail & Guardian.

Alfred recently spoke to Ntikinca, who is now 76 years old, about his more than 40 years of playing cricket. He named the time he “played against Tiffie Barnes’s Malays there in Mayfair”, when he returned seven for 13, as the highlight of his career.

Several weeks ago at the Wanderers, with the Lions in the early stages their Ram Slam T20 campaign, I sat down with Edmund Ntikinca, a cricketer who played in that very stadium 40 years ago in a historical curiosity called the Datsun Double-Wicket competition. Ntikinca and his partner, Edward Habane, beat the New Zealanders Bruce Taylor and Bev Congdon early on but then found themselves steamrollered as they struggled to get to grips with the high-flyers of the international game.

The tournament, arranged by Lee Irvine and the public relations supremo Robin Binkes, was won by the Rhodesian pair of Brian Davidson and Mike Procter. They earned a winners’ cheque of R1 500 for their efforts.

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