Fourth Test-playing tour of England by South Africa
(April - October 1924)
This was the first occasion on which the traditional arrangement of beginning a tour of England programme at Worcester was adopted.
Herbie Taylor provides the first instance (until Javed Burki in 1967) of a touring captain coming to England again under the captaincy of another player.
Jock Cameron was knocked unconscious by a ball from Larwood in the Lord’s Test and had to be carried off the ground; minutes later the umpires brought play to a halt for bad light.
Jacobus Duminy had been omitted from the tour squad but when Taylor, Vincent and Quinn were not fit to play, he was required. He was on a business trip in Switzerland where he saw an newspaper announcement calling for him to contact the squad and he arrived in time to play in the third Test.
Jacobus Duminy was omitted from the tour party after the trials but joined the touring party for the third Test because he was available in Europe.He was requested on 6 July and located four days later.
Cameron did not play at all after being knocked unconscious at Lord’s until the fourth Test.
Siedle was unable to play in the first two Tests, and Jim Christy was out of action with a broken finger for about six weeks.
Catterall appeared in all the tour matches until the end of June.
R F Earle’s XI
P F Warner’s XI
Lost 125 r
Won 8 w
Won 4 w
Won 170 r
Lost 6 w
Won inns 119 r
M C C
Lost 6 w
ϯ Lakenham, Norwich
Won inns 44 r
Won 10 r
LOST 5 w
Lost 10 w
North Inch, Perth
Won inns 5 r
Won inns 60 r
LOST inns 32 r
Won inns 34 r
Won 327 r
Won 217 r
ϯ West Bridgford
Sir Julien Cahn’s XII
C I Thornton’s XI
An England XI
Lost inns 16 r
ϯ not first-class
Time spent in before First Test:61 days
(15 April - 15 June)
Test appearances on tour
2-Christy, McMillan, Ochse
1-Dalton,Duminy,van der Merwe.
•Caterall and Mitchell made a century opening stand in each innings of the first Test at Edgbaston.
•Bell took six wickets for 99 runs in the 2nd Test at Lord’s; Quinn equalled this feat at Headingley with 6 for 92, but mostly the South Africans’ fast bowling was ineffective against English batsmen like Sutcliffe.
•Morkel proved himself a genuine all-rounder with 69 wickets and more than 1400 runs scored on tour.
•At Headingley Owen-Smith made a Test century (129) at the age of 20. He shared with Bell in a record partnership of 103 runs for the tenth wicket, made in 65 minutes.
•Herbie Taylor (121) scored his first Test century outside South Africa at The Oval, where South Africa after losing three wickets for 25 runs, reached 492 for 8 declared. Taylor and Deane added 214, a record stand.
•Towards the end of the tour Dalton scored 157 and 116 not out against Kent, followed by 102 and 44 not out against Sussex.
Other first-class matches
Return to South Africa
The team sailed from Southampton on 13 September on the ‘Balmoral Castle’ and they arrived at no 7 Quay in Cape Town docks on 29 September.
There was a welcome home dinner for the team at Kelvin Grove on 30 September.
Time away from South Africa184 days
(31 March to 30 September)
After all disbursementsthe tour profit was only £40.