This Day In Sport – August 6


They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

1997 – Biggest Test Score In History

Sri Lanka scored a whopping 6/952, the highest Test score in history against India in Colombo.

Opener Sanath Jayasuriya hit 36 fours and two sixes for an innings of 340 runs.

His batting partner, Roshan Mahahanama for a solid 225 through two full days of play in a record partnership of 576 runs.

1987 – United State(s) of Origin

Americans were treated to State of Origin when the Blues and Maroons made the trip to Long Beach, California for a GAME FOUR of the 1987 series.

Rugby League officials saw fit to send its premium product to the United States and the match and result still remains controversial to this day.

Queensland had already claimed the 1987 series beating the Blues 2-1 in the original best of three series in Australia before making the trip to LA.

In regards to the match in LA, which was officially an “exhibition” game – one team took it seriously, another took it as a footy trip.

The final score was NSW 60 – QLD 18.

New South Wales regards it as an official Origin match.

Queensland doesn’t.

The debate if the result should stand is still a talking point to this day.

As is the clip of Peter “Sterlo” Sterling getting caught in the banner as the teams ran out onto the ground.

The match was played at the Veterans Memorial Stadium infront of an official crowd of 12,349.

It was the one and only time a State of Origin match was played outside of Australia.

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