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]

First Test[edit]

15–18 June 1929 (3-day match)
245 (81.1 overs)
EH Hendren 70
AL Ochse 4/79 (25.1 overs)
250 (172.4 overs)
B Mitchell 88
H Larwood 5/57 (42.4 overs)
308/4d (100 overs)
WR Hammond 138*
AL Ochse 2/88 (28 overs)
171/1 (59.4 overs)
RH Catterall 98
PGH Fender 1/55 (15.4 overs)
Match drawn
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: J Hardstaff and TW Oates

Second Test[edit]

29 June–2 July 1929 (3-day match)
302 (99.4 overs)
H Sutcliffe 100
AJ Bell 6/99 (30.4 overs)
322 (131 overs)
DPB Morkel 88
MW Tate 3/108 (39 overs)
312/8d (82.2 overs)
M Leyland 102
AL Ochse 4/99 (20 overs)
90/5 (51 overs)
JAJ Christy 41
RWV Robins 3/32 (19 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's, London
Umpires: W Bestwick and F Chester

Third Test[edit]

13–16 July 1929 (3-day match)
236 (100.3 overs)
RH Catterall 74
AP Freeman 7/115 (32.3 overs)
328 (107.5 overs)
FE Woolley 83
NA Quinn 6/92 (29.5 overs)
275 (111.1 overs)
HGO Owen-Smith 129
FE Woolley 3/35 (13.1 overs)
186/5 (52.4 overs)
FE Woolley 95*
CL Vincent 3/67 (19 overs)
England won by 5 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: LC Braund and WR Parry
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 14 July was taken as a rest day.
  • EA van der Merwe (SA) and EH Bowley (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fourth Test[edit]

27–30 July 1929 (3-day match)
427/7d (128 overs)
FE Woolley 154
CL Vincent 2/93 (34 overs)
130 (75.3 overs)
DPB Morkel 63
AP Freeman 7/71 (32 overs)
265 (f/o) (118.4 overs)
HB Cameron 83
AP Freeman 5/100 (39.4 overs)
England won by an innings and 32 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: J Hardstaff and WR Parry
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 28 July was taken as a rest day.
  • F Barratt (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fifth Test[edit]

17–20 August 1929 (3-day match)
258 (101.3 overs)
H Sutcliffe 104
CL Vincent 5/105 (45 overs)
492/8d (172 overs)
HW Taylor 121
EW Clark 3/79 (36 overs)
264/1 (80 overs)
H Sutcliffe 109*
CL Vincent 1/42 (15 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: W Bestwick and TW Oates
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • 18 August was taken as a rest day.
  • LEG Ames and EW Clark (both ENG) made their Test debuts.


  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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