Malaya cricket team

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The Malaya cricket team was a team that represented the combined territories of the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements in various international cricket matches between 1906 and 1961.


Early days[edit]

Singapore cricket club is the oldest cricket club in the region (founded in 1852) Cricket has been played in Peninsular Malaysia since at least the 1850s.[1] The first match between the Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements was played in 1905[2] and the combined Malaya team first played the following year, against Burma in Yangon, though the result is not known. Two matches were played against Australia in 1909.[1]

Beginning in 1920, Malaya replaced the Straits Settlements in a regular series of Interport matches against Hong Kong.[1] In November of that year, they traveled to Hong Kong, playing matches against Hong Kong and Shanghai.[3] They beat Hong Kong by 35 runs,[4] but lost to Shanghai by an innings and 140 runs.[5] Following these two matches, they joined forces with the Shanghai team to lose to Hong Kong by five wickets.[6] The visit was repeated in November 1924,[7] with Malaya losing to Shanghai by 89 runs[8] and to Hong Kong by 2 wickets.[9] They played Hong Kong at home in 1926, beating them by an innings and 112 runs on the Padang in Singapore.[10]

In June 1927, Australia, captained by Bert Oldfield, visited Malaya, and the Malayan side won the first match by 39 runs, their only win against a Test-playing nation.[11] A third visit to Hong Kong was made in November that year,[12] with Malaya losing by an innings to Shanghai[13] and Hong Kong.[14] In 1929, they lost to Shanghai by 1 wicket,[15] and to Hong Kong by four wickets.[16] The final visit in 1933 saw Malaya beat Hong Kong by 14 runs,[17] before gaining their first win over Shanghai by beating them by 50 runs.[18]

Later matches[edit]

Little is known of Malaya's matches after World War II. The two results that are known are that Malaya beat Hong Kong by 1 wicket in December 1959,[1] and drew with the MCC in March 1961.[19]


The following players played for Malaya and also played first-class cricket:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Encyclopaedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sports Books Publishing
  2. ^ Scorecard of Federated Malay States v Straits Settlements, 4 February 1905 at CricketArchive
  3. ^ Interport matches 1920/21 at CricketArchive
  4. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Malaya, 9 November 1920 at CricketArchive
  5. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Malaya, 12 November 1920 at CricketArchive
  6. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Shanghai and Malaya
  7. ^ Interport matches, 1924/25 at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Malaya, 16 November 1924 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Malaya, 18 November 1924 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Malaya v Hong Kong, 28 May 1926 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ History of Malaysian cricket
  12. ^ Interport matches 1927/28 at CricketArchive
  13. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Malaya, 23 November 1927 at CricketArchive
  14. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Malaya, 27 November 1927 at CricketArchive
  15. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Malaya, 5 November 1929 at CricketArchive
  16. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Malaya, 13 November 1929 at CricketArchive
  17. ^ Scorecard of Hong Kong v Malaya, 6 November 1933 at CricketArchive
  18. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Malaya, 15 November 1933 at CricketArchive
  19. ^ Scorecard of Malaya v MCC, 18 March 1961 at CricketArchive
  20. ^ Gerald Livock at CricketArchive
  21. ^ Robert Phayre at CricketArchive
  22. ^ Alfred Hill at CricketArchive
  23. ^ Edward Armitage at CricketArchive
  24. ^ Neville Foster at CricketArchive
  25. ^ Charles Congdon at CricketArchive
  26. ^ Robert Bradell at CricketArchive
  27. ^ Herbert Hopkins at CricketArchive
  28. ^ Lall Singh at CricketArchive
  29. ^ William Smith at CricketArchive
  30. ^ Victor Croome at CricketArchive
  31. ^ a b "Thomas Hart". Cricket Archive. 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.