New Zealand cricket team in South Africa in 1953–54

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The New Zealand national cricket team toured South Africa from October 1953 to February 1954 and played a five match Test series against the South Africa national cricket team. South Africa won the Test series 4–0. South Africa were captained by Jack Cheetham and New Zealand by Geoff Rabone.[1]

Team[edit]

The manager was the former Test batsman Jack Kerr. The four players who had not yet played Test cricket – Beck, Bell, Leggat and Overton – all played their first Tests on the tour.

The average age of the team was 25. With the aim of establishing a high standard of fielding, some older or slower players were overlooked, including the spinners Tom Burtt and Alex Moir, and the opening batsman Gordon Leggat.[2] Leggat later joined the team for the Australian leg of the tour, replacing the injured Rabone.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

11–15 December 1953
(4-day match)
Scorecard
v
437/9d (115 overs)
RA McLean 101
AR MacGibbon 3/73 (27 overs)
230 (105.6 overs)
GO Rabone 107
HJ Tayfield 6/62 (36 overs)
149 (f/o) (89.1 overs)
GO Rabone 68
HJ Tayfield 3/35 (26.1 overs)
South Africa won by an innings and 58 runs
Kingsmead, Durban
Umpires: AN McCabe and BV Malan
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 13 December was taken as a rest day.
  • NAT Adcock (SA) and GWF Overton (NZ) made their Test debuts.

Second Test[edit]

24–29 December 1953
(4-day match)
Scorecard
v
271 (80 overs)
WR Endean 93
AR MacGibbon 3/61 (22 overs)
187 (53.2 overs)
B Sutcliffe 80
DEJ Ironside 5/51 (19 overs)
148 (53.1 overs)
RA McLean 36
JR Reid 4/34 (16 overs)
100 (47.5 overs)
GO Rabone 22
ME Chapple 22
NAT Adcock 5/43 (19 overs)
South Africa won by 132 runs
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Umpires: CD Coote and DT Drew
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 25 and 27 December were taken as rest days.
  • DEJ Ironside (SA) and JEF Beck (NZ) made their Test debuts.

Third Test[edit]

1–5 January 1954
(4-day match)
Scorecard
v
505 (165.3 overs)
JR Reid 135
DEJ Ironside 4/117 (46.3 overs)
326 (127.7 overs)
JE Cheetham 89
GO Rabone 6/68 (38.7 overs)
159/3 (f/o) (54 overs)
RJ Westcott 62
GO Rabone 1/16 (10 overs)
Match drawn
Newlands, Cape Town
Umpires: DV Collins and S Collins
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 3 January was taken as a rest day.
  • RJ Westcott (SA), and W Bell and IB Leggat (both NZ) made their Test debuts.

Fourth Test[edit]

29 January–2 February 1954
(4-day match)
Scorecard
v
243 (98 overs)
DJ McGlew 61
RW Blair 3/42 (19 overs)
79 (46.3 overs)
FLH Mooney 23
HJ Tayfield 6/13 (14 overs)
25/1 (6.2 overs)
JE Cheetham 16*
AR MacGibbon 1/16 (3 overs)
188 (f/o) (92.2 overs)
EW Dempster 47
NAT Adcock 5/45 (26 overs)
South Africa won by 9 wickets
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Umpires: DT Drew and BV Malan
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • 31 January was taken as a rest day.

Fifth Test[edit]

5–9 February 1954
(4-day match)
Scorecard
v
226 (92.3 overs)
JEF Beck 48
JC Watkins 4/34 (16 overs)
237 (98.1 overs)
JE Cheetham 42
JR Reid 4/51 (32 overs)
222 (87.6 overs)
JR Reid 73
CB van Ryneveld 4/67 (20.6 overs)
215/5 (47.3 overs)
WR Endean 87
AR MacGibbon 2/44 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Umpires: DV Collins and FRW Payne
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 7 February was taken as a rest day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Zealand in South Africa 1953–54". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, p. 216.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dick Brittenden, Silver Fern on the Veld, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1954
  • Richard Boock, The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe Story, Longacre, Auckland, 2010, pp. 18–26, 101–108
  • John Reid, Sword of Willow, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1962, pp. 69–89
  • Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, pp. 216–234
  • "New Zealanders in South Africa, 1953-54", Wisden, Sporting Handbooks, London, 1955, pp. 786–811