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. There were three non-first-class matches; two of them ended in South African victories, the other was drawn.

The South African team

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

  • 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

External sources

Further reading

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

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