South African cricket team in New Zealand in 1963–64

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The South Africa national cricket team toured New Zealand in February and March 1964 and played a three-match Test series against the New Zealand national cricket team. All three matches were drawn. The South Africans had just played a five-Test series in Australia.

South African team[edit]

Kelly Seymour, who had been with the team in Australia, returned to South Africa before the New Zealand leg of the tour to study for his medical exams. Graeme Pollock and Clive Halse were suffering from injuries, and Peter Carlstein returned to South Africa during the First Test when he received news that his wife and three of their four children had been killed in a car crash.[1] For much of the tour only eleven players were available to play.

The manager was Ken Viljoen.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

21–25 February 1964 (4–day match)
Scorecard
v
302 (131.5 overs)
PL van der Merwe 44
FJ Cameron 3/58 (30 overs)
253 (152.5 overs)
ME Chapple 59
PM Pollock 6/47 (31.5 overs)
218/2d (66 overs)
EJ Barlow 92
JR Reid 1/55 (21 overs)
138/6 (76 overs)
SG Gedye 52
PM Pollock 2/31 (16 overs)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 23 February was taken as a rest day.
  • SG Gedye and JT Ward (both NZ) made their Test debuts.

Second Test[edit]

28 February–3 March 1964 (4–day match)
Scorecard
v
149 (94 overs)
BW Sinclair 52
JT Partridge 4/51 (34 overs)
223 (105.2 overs)
TL Goddard 63
JR Reid 6/60 (35 overs)
138 (84.5 overs)
RW Blair 26*
DB Pithey 6/58 (35 overs)
42/3 (7 overs)
KC Bland 16*
RW Blair 2/16 (3 overs)
Match drawn
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Umpires: DC Burns and HB Cassie
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 1 March was taken as a rest day.
  • WP Bradburn (NZ) made his Test debut.
  • South Africa were set 65 to win in 27 minutes.

Third Test[edit]

13–17 March 1964 (4–day match)
Scorecard
v
371 (125.5 overs)
KC Bland 83
RW Blair 4/85 (36 overs)
263 (131.3 overs)
BW Sinclair 138
JT Partridge 6/86 (40 overs)
200/5d (64.4 overs)
EJ Barlow 58
RW Blair 3/57 (21 overs)
191/8 (101 overs)
SG Gedye 55
TL Goddard 4/18 (17 overs)
Match drawn
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: JMA Brown and ECA Mackintosh
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • 15 March was taken as a rest day.
  • RS Cunis (NZ) made his Test debut.
  • New Zealand were set 309 to win in 313 minutes. The last 13 minutes of play were lost to rain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Bryden, All-Rounder: The Buster Farrer Story, Aloe Publishing, Kidd's Beach, 2013, pp. 83–85.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, pp. 330–34
  • Peter Pollock, The Thirty Tests, Don Nelson, Cape Town, 1978, pp. 43–47
  • R.S. Whitington, Bradman, Benaud and Goddard's Cinderellas, Rigby, 1964, pp. 221–37
  • Wisden 1965, pp. 838–42
  • Colin Bryden, All-Rounder: The Buster Farrer Story, Aloe Publishing, Kidd's Beach, 2013, pp. 83–86