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The England national cricket team toured Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand in the 1929–30 season to play a Test series against the New Zealand national cricket team. This was the first Test series ever played by New Zealand. England began the tour in October 1929 in Ceylon with a single minor match and then in Australia where they played five first-class matches. The New Zealand leg of the tour began in December and, in addition to the Test series, England played each of the main provincial teams: Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. England, captained by Harold Gilligan, won the Test series 1–0 with three matches drawn.

At the same time another English team, captained by Freddie Calthorpe, was touring the West Indies, playing the first Test series there.

The English team

Apart from Woolley, who had played 55 Tests before the tour, it was an inexperienced side at Test level. Bowley had played two Tests, and Barratt, Dawson, Duleepsinhji and Legge one each; the other eight had not played a Test.

The team was selected in late June, with Arthur Gilligan, who had played 11 Tests, as captain. However, he was unable to tour owing to illness, and his younger brother Harold was selected to replace him. The other change to the original selected team was that Maurice Allom replaced Frank Watson.

Test Matches

First Test

10–13 January 1930
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Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
112 (47.1 overs)
v Flag of England England
181 (63.1 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Umpires: William Butler (NZ) and Kenneth Cave (NZ)
Roger Blunt 47
Maurice Allom 5/38 (19 overs)
Duleepsinhji 49
Roger Blunt 3/17 (11.1 overs)
131 (60.3 overs) 66/2 (18.5 overs)
Tom Lowry 40
Maurice Allom 3/17 (15 overs)
Duleepsinhji 33*
Roger Blunt 2/17 (7 overs)

Second Test

24–27 January 1930
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Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
440 (136.3 overs)
v Flag of England England
320 (107.5 overs)
Match drawn
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: Kenneth Cave (NZ) and Thomas Cobcroft (NZ)
Stewie Dempster 136
Frank Woolley 7/76 (28.3 overs)
Stan Nichols 78*
Ted Badcock 4/80 (36 overs)
166/4d (53 overs) 107/4 (39 overs)
Stewie Dempster 80*
Frank Woolley 2/48 (23 overs)
Duleepsinhji 56*
Lindsay Weir 1/1 (2 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Three players debuted for New Zealand - Eddie McLeod, Jackie Mills, and Lindsay Weir.
  • Stewie Dempster's 136 in the first innings was the first Test century by a New Zealander.
  • Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills' 276 run opening partnership was the highest for New Zealand and third highest ever in Test cricket.
  • Frank Woolley passed 3000 Test runs, becoming the second English player and fourth player in Test cricket to pass the mark.

Third Test

14–17 February 1930
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Flag of England England
330/4d (88 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
96/1 (34 overs)
Match drawn
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: KH Cave and LT Cobcroft
KS Duleepsinhji 117
WE Merritt 2/119 (28 overs)
CS Dempster 62*
F Barratt 1/26 (12 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • 16 February was taken as a rest day
  • There was no play on the first or second day. Therefore, a fourth Test was arranged.
  • CFW Allcott and HM McGirr (both NZ) made their Test debuts.

Fourth Test

21–24 February 1930
Scorecard
Flag of England England
540 (171.4 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
387 (166.1 overs)
Match drawn
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: KH Cave and LT Cobcroft
GB Legge 196
RC Blunt 2/61 (21 overs)
TC Lowry 80
MJC Allom 4/42 (26.1 overs)
22/3 (12.3 overs)
MS Nichols 7*
AM Matheson 2/7 (5 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 23 February was taken as a rest day.
  • AM Matheson (NZ) made his Test debut.

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