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South African cricket team in England in 1894

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The inaugural South African cricket tour of England took place in the 1894 season.


None of the 24 matches have first-class standing, although South Africa had already begun playing matches subsequently recognised as Test matches at home and many of the matches on tour were against first-class county clubs. The South Africans won 12 matches, drew 7 and lost 5.

The team

  • H. H. Castens (captain)
  • Godfrey Cripps
  • Darnton Davey
  • George Glover
  • Ernest Halliwell
  • Frank Hearne
  • Clement Johnson
  • George Kempis
  • Bonnor Middleton
  • Charles Mills
  • Dante Parkin
  • Thomas Routledge
  • George Rowe
  • Arthur Seccull
  • Cyril Sewell
  • The best-known player on the team was Frank Hearne, one of the few players to represent two countries in Test cricket. He played for England in 1888-89 and for South Africa from 1891 to 1896.

    Six of the team – Cripps, Halliwell, Hearne, Mills, Parkin and Routledge – had played in South Africa's most recent Test in 1892; Glover, Halliwell, Hearne, Johnson, Middleton, Routledge, Rowe and Seccull played Tests later in the 1890s. Only four – Castens, Davey, Kempis and Sewell – did not play Test cricket.

    Annual reviews

  • James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual (Red Lilly), 1895
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1895
  • References

    South African cricket team in England in 1894 Wikipedia