Today in Sports History: March 30

  • 30/03/2020
Brian Lara in action
Brian Lara in action Photo credit: Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another NetFlix drama or re-watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final from 2011, here are some of the stories that were making news in years past on March 30.

At the age of 17, Gary Sobers makes his test cricket debut for the West Indies against England at Kingston Oval, Jamaica. 

The all-rounder would be regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played the game, finishing his career with a batting average of 57.78 runs, scoring 26 hundreds in 93 tests. The former West Indian captain also took 235 test wickets at an average of 34 runs per scalp.

Future NBA great Isiah Thomas leads the Indiana Hoosiers to a US college basketball championship, beating North Carolina in the final.

A few months later, Thomas was taken at No.2 in the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, who would build a two-time championship-winning team - the infamous 'Bad Boys' - around the point guard.

England were rolled for 46 by the West Indies in the third cricket test at Port of Spain.

Chasing a relatively meagre 194 for victory, Michael Atherton's side were ripped to shreds by Curtly Ambrose, who finished with 6/24 in 10 overs.

The West Indian cricket theme continues, as batting great Brian Lara plunders the Blackcaps to all parts at the same ground two years later in the third ODI.  

Lara hits an unbeaten 146 (off 134balls), as the West Indies chase 220 for victory. Despite Gavin Larsen's best efforts (3/26), New Zealand can't contain the left-handed supremo, losing with 26 balls to spare.


Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps Photo credit: Getty

The most-decorated Olympian of all time breaks the 200m butterfly world record at Austin, Texas. Fifteen-year-old Michael Phelps is the talk of the sport planet after the meet - the youngest swimmer to ever break a world record.

Twenty-eight Olympic medals - 23 of them gold - would follow at the next five Summer Olympics.

American golfer Davis Love III decimates the field at the PGA Players Championship, shooting a final-round 64 to claim his second title at Sawgrass, winning by six strokes.

Behind 17 points from first-five Johnny Wilkinson, England flex their potential Rugby World Cup-winning muscles, thumping Ireland 42-6 in Dublin to complete both a Grand Slam and Six Nations crown for Clive Woodward's side.

As we have all tried to forget, the Poms would go on to win the Webb Ellis Cup a few months later in Australia. 

India beat Pakistan to book a spot on the Cricket World Cup final on home soil. A patient 85 (off 115 balls) from Sachin Tendulkar lift the hosts to a competitive 260/9 on a spin-friendly wicket. 

Veteran paceman Munaf Patel halts the Pakistan run chase, claiming a five-wicket bag, as India hold on to win by 29 runs. 

MS Dhoni's side would beat Sri Lanka in the final to lift the Cricket World Cup for the second time. 

MS Dhoni in action
MS Dhoni in action Photo credit: AAP


1912 - Former NZ cricket international Jack Cowie
1986 - Spanish international and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos


1981 - New Zealand cricketer Noel Harford, (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), aged 50