Test Cricket Tours - England to New Zealand 1929-30
Tour of New Zealand 1929-30Captain : Harold Gilligan
England’s 28th Test tour.
First Test playing tour of
New Zealand by England
(no previous tour)
The first tour on which Test matches were played between New Zealand and England,
this series marked New
Zealand's debut in Test cricket. Seven
English teams had visited New
Zealand before. In both 1863-64 and
1876-77 George Parr's team and James Lillywhite's team sandwiched matches in New Zealand
between the two sections of an Australian tour. In 1881-82 and 1887-88 Shaw, Shrewsbury and
Lillywhite's sides came. Lord Hawke's 1902-03 tour was the first on which
first-class matches were played. 1906-07 was the first M.C.C. tour, and
M.C.C. returned in 1922-23 when 51 year-old A.C.MacLaren was captain.
When the former England
captain Arthur Gilligan was taken ill and was unable to lead M.C.C.on tour, his
brother Harold was appointed captain instead. The New Zealanders insisted on
the inclusion of K.S.Duleepsinhji, nephew of "Ranji", and either
Hendren or Woolley as members of the tour party.
Zealand had the better of the second
Test (an opening partnership of 276 between Mills and Dempster leading the
way to a first innings score of 440) but three days were not long enough to
force a result. Bad weather at Auckland
washed out the first two days of the third 3-day Test, which became no more
than an exhibition game. M.C.C. sent a cable from Lord's that they would
agree to play an additional Test match the following week. Gilligan readily
agreed with the New
A.E.R.Gilligan (Sx) and Frank Watson (La) withdrew, and
Gilligan's brother, Harold and Maurice Allom were brought in to the side. Ted
Bowley, as a former player-coach with Auckland,
was taken for his experience of New Zealand conditions.
Tour Party Announced29 August
Withdrawal :Arthur Gilligan withdrew through ill health and was
replaced by his brother Harold
Time between selection and departure from England
(29 August - 27 September)
The team assembled at St Pancras railway station, London, on 27 September
and, accompanied by Mrs Woolley and daughter and Mrs Legge, sailed from
Tilbury on RMS 'Orford'.
The ship sailed via Toulon and Port Said for Colombo
where the team played a match against Ceylon on 19 October. They also
played the Australian states en route to New Zealand. The 'Orford'
arrived in Fremantle on 29 October.
Woolley, Cornford, Earle and Bowley were unfit to play and went
from Sydney to Wellington on the 'Marama' on 3
December. The bulk of the party left Sydney on
6 December and arrived in Wellington
on the 'Ulimaroa' on Tuesday 10 December.
Time spent in Australia
October -6 December)
New Zealand81 days
December - 1 March)
Harold Gilligan (captain), Guy Earle (vice-captain), Frank
Woolley (senior professional).
Andrew Ducat (Sy), 43, who had been
appointed Queensland coach in August 1929,
played for M.C.C. against Queensland
when the four unfit players were absent. Gilligan had asked for the Queensland match on 19
November to be cancelled. Bowley, the reserve wicket-keeper was struck in the
face by a ball in this match and Duleepsinhji kept wicket.
Ted Bowley was unfit with sciatica until the second Test match.