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1939

Calling time on eternity

Mar 14, 2009: How the Durban game 70 years ago sounded the death knell for timeless Tests

Martin Williamson

1939

When 10 days were not enough

Mar 7, 2009: A first-hand account of the famous timeless Test in Durban 70 years ago

Douglas Alexander

April 1982 - Memorable Matches

When time really dragged

Apr 1, 1982: England and Kent legspinner Doug Wright recalls a famous and gruelling match in Durban in 1938-39

Fifth Test match

South Africa v England 1938-39

1940: Unparalleled in the history of the game this was in many ways an extraordinary match, emphasising that there are no limits to the possibilities of what may occur in cricket; but it ended farcically, for insufficient time remained to finish the

Norman Preston

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 10th day

Stalemate in the Timeless Test

Mar 14, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the tenth and final day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 9th day

Everlasting Test goes down to the wire

Mar 13, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the ninth day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 8th day

Rain gives weary players welcome respite

Mar 11, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the eighth day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 7th day

England retain a glimmer of hope

Mar 10, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the seventh day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 6th day

England set 696 to win the marathon

Mar 9, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the sixth day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 5th day

South Africa tighten their grip

Mar 8, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the fifth day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 4th day

England face massive first-innings deficit

Mar 7, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the fourth day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 3rd day

Nourse pushes South Africa past 500

Mar 6, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the third day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

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South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 2nd day

South Africa press on at their own pace

Mar 4, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the second day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, 1938-39, 1st day

van der Byl hundred grinds England down

Mar 3, 1939: Cricinfo reports on the first day's play in the Timeless Test between South Africa and England at Durban in March 1939

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Series Results
South Africa v England at Durban - Mar 3-14, 1939
Match drawn (by agreement)
South Africa v England at Johannesburg - Feb 18-22, 1939
Match drawn
South Africa v England at Durban - Jan 20-23, 1939
England won by an innings and 13 runs
South Africa v England at Cape Town - Dec 31, 1938 - Jan 4, 1939
Match drawn
South Africa v England at Johannesburg - Dec 24-28, 1938
Match drawn
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