The third English cricket team to South Africa was arranged and
financed by James Logan, a Scottish emigrant who had become a millionaire
through his South African property ventures.
The touring party made its tour at a very tense moment in
southern African history. On New Year's Eve 1895, as the touring party played
its first match, came news that Dr L.S.Jameson had invaded the Transvaal
Republic with a force of 480 men to assist the 'uitlanders' (foreign workers)
in their struggle against Kruger and the Boers. Realising that he was threatening
to take over the Rand and its wealth by force, the Boer Government reacted
swiftly and, when Jameson was taken prisoner on 3 January, his cause was
Apart from distracting the public from cricket, the Jameson Raid
seems to have had very little impact upon the tour.Lord Hawke's side was delayed for ten days
in Cape Town but then travelled to Johannesburg and Pretoria
in the heart of Kruger's regime and played matches without disruption.
Although Lord Hawke's team won the three 'Test matches'
comfortably, it lost to Natal and Western Province, small signs of the
improvement taking place in South African cricket.
H.T.Hewett, who had stepped in for Frank Milligan shortly before
the tour, returned to England after six matches on important private business
(Leveson-Gower later disclosed that Hewett returned because he had found the
travelling uncomfortable). Lord Hawke unsuccessfully approached R.M.Poore to
take Hewett's place in the tour party, and Poore played for South Africa in the three
The Chairman of the Union Steamship Company, Mr Donald Currie,
awarded a silver cup worth 50 guineas for the best all-round play of any
colonial side against the Englishmen. Subsequently the colonies competed for
this trophy which became known as the Currie Cup.
C Heseltine,George Lohmann, Sammy
Mr H R B-Davenport
Butt, H R
MrC B Fry
Mr H T Hewett
Mr A J L Hill
Mr A M Miller
SirT C O’Brien
RHB openerdeputy captain
Mr S M JWoods
MrC W Wright
Ha - Hampshire (2)
Nt - Nottinghamshire (1)
Sm - Somerset (3)
Sx - Sussex (2)
Wilt - Wiltshire (1)
*Bromley-Davenport appeared only for the Gentlemen in 1896
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(13 February 1896) :
29 yrs 1 months
Appearances made before the tour
Lohmann 14, Woods 3 for
Australia, O'Brien 2, Bromley-Davenport 0, Butt, Fry 0, Hawke 0, Hayward 0, Heseltine 0, Hewett 0, Hill 0, Miller 0, Tyler 0, Wright 0.
Mr J D Logan
Lord Hawke? made all the arrangements.
Unavailable /Not considered:
Tour Party Announced : unknown
between selection and departure from England
( ? -
Most of the team assembled at Waterloo Station, London,
and took a train to Southampton where they embarked at 5.30 pm on Saturday 30
November, on the Union steamer 'Guelph', bound for Delagoa Bay in Mozambique.
They sailed via Tenerife (6 December).
George Lohmann met the 'Guelph' on
arrival at Cape Town
on 22 December 1895.
Lord Hawke, Sir Timothy O'Brien and Mr Hewett left Southampton a week later on the 'Moor', which
became involved in an accident and was delayed.Sailing via Madeira, it reached Cape Town on 27
December, too late for them to appear in the first match.
spent in South Africa
December -25 March
Mr Hewett returned to England after six games without
replacement. Lord Hawke approached R.M.Poore who had already scored a century
against the tourists to join them, but the South African Cricket Association
protested. Lieutenant Poore was on a year's service in Natal,
but was regarded as qualified to represent South Africa.
H.Kirk, the baggageman, appeared in one minor match.
† Cape Town
Western Province (15)
Lost 74 r
† Cape Town
Western Province (11)
Lost 1 w
† Cape Town
Cape Colony (13)
Won inns 125
Lost 9 w
† King Williamstown
King Williamstown (22)
Midland District (22)
† Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth (18)
Won 8 w
SOUTH AFRICAFirst Test
WON 288 r
Free State (16)
Won 5 w
SOUTH AFRICASecond Test
WON inns 197
Griqualand West (15)
Won 13 r
J D Logan's (20)
SOUTH AFRICAThird Test
WON inns 33 r
† not first-class
Time spent in South Africa before
(22 December - 13
appearances on tour
3-Bromley-Davenport, Butt, Hawke, Hayward, Hill, Lohmann,
O'Brien, Woods, Wright.
x other match
∙played for opposition
W wonL lostD drawn
C B Fry
A L Hill
A M Miller
England’s six previous Test tour results:
1894-95 (5 Tests)
- won 3-2
Africa 1891-92 (1
- won 1-0
1891-92 (3 Tests)
- lost 1-2
in South Africa
1888-89 (4 Tests)
- won 2-0
1887-88 (1 Test)
- won 1-0
1886-87 (2 Tests)
- won 2-0
•George Lohmann took 157 wickets on the tour.
Other first-class matches
With the exceptions of Mr
Hill and Mr Heseltine, other members of the team left for England on the
Union liner 'Pretoria' from Cape
Town on 25 March ; they were late for departure and had to be ferried to the 'Pretoria' by tugboat.
Sailing via Madeira (8 April) they arrived in Plymouth on the evening of Sunday 12 April.