South African cricket team in England in 1929

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The South African cricket team toured England in the 1929 season to play a five-match Test series against England. It was the first tour since 1924, though Tests has been played between the two sides in the interim with the 1927-28 England tour of South Africa.

England won the 1929 Test series, winning two matches with the other three games drawn. In first-class matches overall, the South Africans won nine games and lost seven, with 18 being drawn.[1] There were three non-first-class matches; two of them ended in South African victories, the other was drawn.

The South African team[edit]

The side was captained by Nummy Deane and he, Herbie Taylor and Bob Catterall were the only survivors from the 1924 tour. The other members of the team were: Sandy Bell, Jock Cameron, Jim Christy, Eric Dalton, Bruce Mitchell, Denijs Morkel, Quintin McMillan, Arthur Ochse, Tuppy Owen-Smith, Neville Quinn, Jack Siedle, Edward van der Merwe, and Cyril Vincent. Jacobus Duminy was temporarily co-opted on to the tour while on holiday in Europe because of injuries to other players and he played in three first-class matches, including the third Test match. Deane as captain played in 29 of the 34 first-class matches; in the games where Deane was not playing, Taylor acted as captain.

Test series summary[edit]

  • 1st Test at Edgbaston – match drawn
  • 2nd Test at Lord's – match drawn
  • 3rd Test at Headingley – England won by 5 wickets
  • 4th Test at Old Trafford – England won by an innings and 32 runs
  • 5th Test at The Oval – match drawn


  1. ^ "South Africans in England". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Part II (1930 ed.). Wisden. pp. 1–54. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979

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