The omission of Herbert Sutcliffe from the tour party was quickly
seen as a blunder, but when he was invited later in the 1930 season to join
the team, he declined. He said he was now committed to playing in India for the
Maharaja of Vizianagram's XI.
England were beaten in a thrilling first Test match, mainly by
the specialist matting bowler Nupen who was captaining South Africa and
captured eleven wickets. Thereafter England came close but often
thwarted by rain could not quite win any of the four remaining matches. It
was the first time that England,
playing her full-strength team or nearly so, had lost a rubber to South Africa.
Africa’s victory was won against a
background of dissent within the team and three different captains leading
the side. The Cape Town Test made an end to playing on matting pitches and
all future Tests in South
Africa would be played on turf.
Henry Leveson-Gower(chairman), Percy Chapman,Jack White, Frank Mann, assisted by Jack Hobbs and
Unavailable: Gubby Allen, Douglas Jardine, Harold Larwood,
Jack Hobbs (agreed to play in India)
Tour Party Announced :18 July 1930.
Withdrawal:Les Ames declined his invitationand was replaced by Bill Farrimond, Lancashire's reserve wicket-keeper.
Not selected : Herbert Sutcliffe, Frank
Time between selection and departure from England
(18 July - 17 October)
Pre-tour match against Lord Hawke's XI.
The team left Southampton on 17 October, sailing via
Madeira on the mail boat 'Edinburgh Castle',
reaching Cape Town on Monday 3 November, an 18 day
Time spent in South Africa
November -3 March)
Percy Chapman (captain),Jack White (vice-captain),Bob Wyatt, Patsy Hendren (senior professional)
Lee, on a coaching assignment at the Cape,
joined the team in the New Year. He replaced Andrew Sandhamwho after
three matches was injured in a car accident in Durban.
George Duckworth missed the end of the tour with
Owing to illness Chapman was was unable to turn out
against Northern Rhodesia at Livingstone so Bob Crisp, the young Rhodesian fast
bowler, made up the M.C.C. team. He was on holiday trip to Victoria Falls
from his home in Bulawayo.