Test Cricket Tours - England to West Indies 1929-30
Tour of West Indies 1929-30Captain : Freddie Calthorpe
England’s 29th Test tour
(December 1929- April 1930)
First Test playing tour of
West Indies by England
(no previous tour)
The Australian Cricket Board
had asked for a representative West Indian team to visit them in 1929-30 but
the visit was deferred by two years.
The debut Test series between
the two sides took place concurrently with the English team playing against New Zealand for
the first time. Andrew Sandham's innings of 325 was not recognised as the
record high Test score before it had been surpassed by Bradman's 334 three
It was the 8th visit to the Caribbean by an English side, the first having gone in
Only Astill and skipper F.S.G.Calthorpe
had toured the West Indies before (with the
1925-26 team). This M.C.C. team was, by a wide margin, England's or
any country's oldest tour party with an average age of nearly 38 years. Yet
none of the seniors disgraced themselves and Rhodes,
at the age of 52, topped the bowling averages.
After nine days the
rain-affected Fourth Test had to be left drawn, although the teams intended
to play to a finish, because M.C.C.'s boat home was leaving.
Unavailable : all those invited on the New Zealand tour.Wally Hammond, Percy Chapman, Harold
Larwood and others were not considered in view of the forthcoming Ashes
series in England
Tour Party Announced15 November
Time between selection and departure from England
(15 November - 14 December)
Assembling at Paddington Station on 14 December, the team took a
train to Bristol
and sailed from Avonmouth on the ss 'Carare'.
They arrived at Bridgetown
on 27 December 1930.
On 18 January the M.C.C. party left Barbados
for Trinidad on the Dutch steamer 'Crynssen'.
Time spent in West
December -13 April)
Freddie Gough-Calthorpe (captain), Rony Stanyforth, Bob Wyatt (senior player - but not a professional).
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Fred Price, a wicket-keeper, was asked
to join the party in place of Stanyforth who returned home early. Wyatt
missed some early matches with a foot injury.
Stevens strained his side in the Trinidad Test match and sailed
direct from there to Jamaica.
The local press reported:
“MATCH AT PORT MARIA.Mr. R. H. Mallett will be taking a team
composed mainly of the M. C. C.
players down to Port Maria on Friday, 11th April, to play a one-day friendly
match at Palmer's Park.” The 4th Test was timeless, however, and did not
finish until 12 April.
•Andrew Sandham scored 152 in the first Test
•Patsy Hendren's 205 not out and Bill
Voce's 11 for 149 in the match were largely responsible for England's
victory in the second Test match at Port-of-Spain. Voce had earlier taken 6-50 and 6-60 in the Trinidad colony match.
• While Voce was aged only 20, Wilfred Rhodes set the record for being the oldest Test
player with 52 years and 165 days.
scored 254 not out in the first colony match against British
Guiana and 171 in the second.
Sandham’s 325 in the fourth Test at Kingston
was then the highest Test score.
added 173 with Gunn for the first wicket; 148 with Wyatt for the 2nd; 97 with
Hendren for the third; 249 with Ames
(who scored 149) for the fourth.In
all Sandham batted for ten hours as England totalled 849 all out.