Second Test-playing tour of England by West Indies
(April - September 1933)
The West Indies Board of Control met in Bridgetown on 22 and 23 January 1932 and unanimously
appointed former Barbados
batsman J M Kidney as manager of the side. The preliminary arrange-ments for
the tour, including the preparation of the fixtures, were placed in the hands
of R H Mallett.Once in England, Jack
Kidney was not entirely the tour manager, Mallett really being in charge with
Kidney being supervised by him.
Learie Constantine, a
professional with Lancashire League club Nelson, was not available for the
whole of West Indies' second official tour of England because the club declined
to release him. Constantine
played in only six matches and only one Test match. Valentine took his part
in the tour party.
Alma Hunt from Bermuda was
not in the original selection for the tour trials but Bermudans thought so
highly of him they paid for his passage on the 'Lord Nelson' to the trials in Trinidad. However, he failed to win a place in the team.
George Francis, who was
unsuccessful in the trials, was called up from his league club to play in the First Test.
The tour was deferred from 1932. South Africa
were originally intended to be England’s 1933 visitors.
Middle-order batsmenJackie Grant,
George Headley, Freddie Martin, Cyril Merry, Ben Sealey, Archie Wiles
Wicket-keepers: Ivan Barrow, Cyril Christiani.
Spin bowlers: Ellis Achong,
Fast bowlersOscar da
Costa, Herman Griffith, Manny Martindale, Vincent Valentine
E E Achong
H C Griffith
E L G
V A Valentine
C A Wiles
- British Guiana (1)
J – Jamaica (5)
T – Trinidad
age ofteam at time of first Test
June 1933) :
29 yrs3 months.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Roach 12,Griffith 11, Constantine 11, Francis 9, Headley 9, Martin 9, Barrow 6, GC Grant 5, Hoad 2, Achong 1, da Costa 1, Christiani 0, Martindale 0, Merry 0, Sealey 0, Valentine 0, Wiles 0
J M 'Jack'
R H 'Harry'
Appointments for the tour
were agreed by the West Indies Cricket Board of Control chaired by G C
Grant's brother Fred, the President of the West Indies Board. Other members were P J O Bradbury, C A
Child, A C O'Dowd, C Shanklin, A E Harrigan, J M Kidney and J G Kelshall.
It was decided that fourteen players would
be selected for the England
Trial matches in August 1932 were abandoned
owing to the difficulties encountered by cricketers in the West
Indies in obtaining leave.
18 November 1932 the names of players to appear in trial matches in Trinidad were announced.
Unavailable:W M Green (owing to his job as a commission
agent in Georgetown); R K Nunes (though he
would be present in England
throughout the 1933 summer); C V Wight; L N Constantine and G N Francis
(contracts to play League cricket).
At first, F R Martin (a fruit
company cashier, he was unable to get leave) and Ivan Barrow were unavailable.
The West Indies Board of
Control applied to Nelson Cricket Club to release Constantine for three Test matches but two
of the dates clashed with important league fixtures.
Tour Party Announced :4 February
Not selected : From the trials the
following players were omitted:
C L C Bourne, E
Constantine, F I de Caires, J R Edwards, G N Francis, E A C Hunte, L G
Hylton, R E McGregor,G A Mudie, J
Parriss, C Passailaigue, H M Rogers, J E D Sealy, H Taylor, J Williams.
Time between selection
and departure from West Indies
(4 February - 8 October)
sailed originally from Kingston with the Jamaicans, and left St Vincent
jetty, Port of Spain, with seven more players on the evening of Tuesday 4
April, calling at Bridgetown to pick up Griffith and Martindale.
The ship reached Avonmouth on 16 April and the team
were met by M C C officials at Paddington Station, London.Hoad sailed by the 'Camito'
on 18 April.
Time spent in England
(10 October - 1 March)
On-tour selection panel
Jackie Grant, Teddy Hoad, Jack Kidney, Freddie Martin.
A committee formed to
represent the West Indies Board of Control in England during the summer
consisted of Sir Algernon Aspinall, President of the West India Club; R H Mallett;J M Kidney and G C Grant.
C deL Innis
Clifford Innis, who was up at Oxford University,
Rolfe Grantalso played twice.
L N Constantine
Learie Constantine was called
up from his league club, Nelson, but was available for only one Test
appearance, George Francis (B), 35, of Radcliffe club being called upon
instead of him at Lord’s.Constantine played in
six other matches.
A P Freeman's XII
Gilbert Scott's XI
Won 165 r
G J V Weighall's XI
† Catford Bridge
Club Cricket Conference
Won inns 12 r
Lost inns 62 r
Won 136 r
Won 10 w
M C C
Won 152 r
Won 6 w
Lost 1 w
LOST inns 27 r
Sir Julien Cahn's XI
Lost 200 r
Won 9 w
Won 10 w
LOST inns 17 r
Sir L Parkinson's XI
Lost 7 w
Lost 7 w
Lost inns 93 r
H D G Leveson-Gower's XI
Lost 125 r
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(10 October - 28 November)
Test appearances on tour
3 -Achong, Barrow, da Costa, Grant, Headley,
2 -Griffith, Hoad, Merry, Valentine.
1 -Constantine, Francis, Sealey, Wiles.
0 -Christiani, Martin.
•George Headley scored 2320 first-class runs
on tour at an average of 66.The
leading bowler was Manny Martindale who took 103 wickets.
became the first West Indian to score a Test century in England, At Old Trafford he
Headley added 200 runs in partnership with Barrow and went on to a personal score
of 169 not out.
(149*) and Herman Griffith (84) added 138 v Sussex
at Hove – a last wicket record partnership for West
Other first-class matches
Return to West Indies
Ivan Barrow and J M Kidney remained in England
until January for business reasons.
Headley, Martin, Valentine and da Costa left
Avonmouth (Bristol Docks) for Jamaica
on the 'Bayano' on 13 September.
All others left Avonmouth on 18 September in the 'Cavina', which docked at Bridgetown, Barbados,
on Saturday 30 September.