Many of England's
best players were rested after the 1934 season and were not considered for a
place in the touring party. Even Hendren, who arrived In Trinidad for a
holiday with his wife a fortnight before the tour began, could not enlighten
reporters about the composition of the touring side or the tour arrangements.
The tour proceeded well but resulted in defeat in the Test series
by two matches to one.It was West
Indies’ first series win against any opposition, largely brought about by
superior fast bowling which proved too much on this occasion for England’s
senior batsmen, Hendren, Hammond and Leyland.
had begun the series with a remarkable win in the first Test at Bridgetown. Wyatt sent
the West Indies in to bat first on the awkward, saturated pitch and then
declared behind forcing West Indies to bat
again. West Indies, too, declared, challenging England to make 73 as the pitch
dried, which was just achieved. When Wyatt gambled by putting West Indies in
again in the second Test, the tactic did not come off and left England to
bat last, which brought about a home win from the second last ball of the
West Indies dominated the final Test at Sabina Park.
George Headley scored 270 not out and the England skipper and opening
batsman Wyatt was put out of the match by a ball from Martindale that broke
his jaw. Their innings’ victory brought the home team a first series win in
L S Smith was present as Reuter's representative throughout the
Sir Stanley Jackson (chairman), …..
By 17 September eleven players had indicated that
they had accepted invitations to make the tour.
: Cyril Walters withdrew in early October owing to a strained thigh
Hollies and Townsend were added to the team (30
October) then Iddon, and Harbord won the last place in November.
Also Unavailable : F.C. de Saram (Oxford Univ), Keeton, A. (Nt), Mitchell, A. (Y), Read, A.H. (Ex) and A.B.Sellers (Y)
Tour Party Announced : 20 November 1934.
Time between selection and departure from England
(20 November - 15 December)
The tour party assembled for a lunch on Friday 14
December at the West India Club.In
his speech R E S Wyatt recalled that a previous captain of M.C.C. in West Indies had gone mad at dinner and had bitten the
leg of the Governor under the table; he assured the company that no such
thing would occur on this tour.
The team met up again next morning at London’s Paddington Station, apart from Hendren who was already
holidaying in the Caribbean.They took the train to Bristol and boarded the "Cavina",
an Elder & Fyffes freighter, at Avonmouth.
Suffering from rough seas throughout the Atlantic
crossing, the ship arrived at Bridgetown,
27 December 1934.
Harbord flew to Miami on Wednesday
20 February and rejoined MCC in Jamaica.