2nd Test, Johannesburg, Dec 24-29 1953, New Zealand tour of South Africa
271 & 148
(47.5 ov, target 233)
187 & 100
South Africa won by 132 runs
South Africa 1st Innings
DJ McGlew c Reid b MacGibbon13---0-
ARA Murray c Chapple b Blair7---0-
WR Endean c Sutcliffe b Reid93-170130-
KJ Funston lbw b Overton0--00-
RA McLean c Blair b Overton27---1-
CB van Ryneveld  b Blair65-13170-
JE Cheetham (c)c †Mooney b MacGibbon20---0-
HJ Tayfield not out20---0-
JHB Waite c †Mooney b MacGibbon011000.00
DEJ Ironside  b Reid13---0-
NAT Adcock run out0--00-
Extras(b 3, lb 2, nb 8)13
TOTAL(80 Ov, RR: 2.54)271
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Anton Murray), 2-37 (Jackie McGlew), 3-43 (Ken Funston), 4-100 (Roy McLean), 5-168 (Russell Endean), 6-226 (Clive van Ryneveld), 7-244 (Jack Cheetham), 8-244 (John Waite), 9-271 (David Ironside), 10-271 (Neil Adcock)
RW Blair1745022.2000
JR Reid1836322.6200
GWF Overton2046822.5500
AR MacGibbon2256132.0700
GO Rabone301604.0000
New Zealand 1st Innings
GO Rabone (c)c Endean b Ironside1--00-
ME Chapple  b Adcock8---0-
MB Poore  b Adcock15---0-
B Sutcliffe not out80-11247-
JR Reid c Endean b Adcock3-2500-
LSM Miller  b Ironside14-35-0-
JEF Beck c †Waite b Murray16-52-0-
FLH Mooney  b Ironside35-131-0-
AR MacGibbon c Endean b Ironside0--00-
GWF Overton c Murray b Ironside0--00-
RW Blair st †Waite b Tayfield6-1001-
Extras(b 3, lb 4, nb 2)9
TOTAL(53.2 Ov, RR: 2.63)187
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Geoff Rabone), 2-9 (Murray Chapple), 2-9* (Bert Sutcliffe, retired not out ), 3-23 (John Reid), 3-24* (Lawrie Miller, retired not out ), 4-35 (Matt Poore), 5-57 (John Beck), 6-81 (Lawrie Miller), 7-138 (Frank Mooney), 8-146 (Tony MacGibbon), 9-154 (Guy Overton), 10-187 (Bob Blair)
NAT Adcock1424432.3500
DEJ Ironside1945152.0100
ARA Murray1233011.8700
HJ Tayfield8.225314.8100
South Africa 2nd Innings
DJ McGlew  b MacGibbon8---0-
JHB Waite c Reid b MacGibbon5---0-
WR Endean c sub b Reid1--00-
KJ Funston c Overton b MacGibbon11---0-
HJ Tayfield  b Reid34---0-
JE Cheetham (c)c Sutcliffe b Reid1--00-
RA McLean lbw b Reid36---0-
CB van Ryneveld c Reid b MacGibbon17-90-0-
ARA Murray c Blair b Overton13---0-
DEJ Ironside not out11---0-
NAT Adcock c Poore b Overton6---0-
Extras(lb 3, nb 2)5
TOTAL(53.1 Ov, RR: 2.08)148
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Jackie McGlew), 2-13 (Russell Endean), 3-24 (Ken Funston), 4-37 (John Waite), 5-44 (Jack Cheetham), 6-67 (Hugh Tayfield), 7-112 (Roy McLean), 8-122 (Clive van Ryneveld), 9-138 (Anton Murray), 10-148 (Neil Adcock)
RW Blair501402.1000
JR Reid1653441.5900
GWF Overton12.113322.0400
AR MacGibbon2026242.3200
New Zealand 2nd Innings (target: 233 runs)
GO Rabone (c)c van Ryneveld b Adcock22---0-
ME Chapple c †Waite b Ironside22-45-0-
MB Poore  b Adcock1--00-
B Sutcliffe c Endean b Murray10---0-
FLH Mooney c Funston b Adcock10---0-
JR Reid c Funston b Ironside1--00-
LSM Miller c †Waite b Adcock0--00-
JEF Beck c Endean b Ironside7---0-
AR MacGibbon not out11---0-
RW Blair  b Adcock4---0-
GWF Overton run out2--00-
Extras(b 3, lb 5, nb 2)10
TOTAL(47.5 Ov, RR: 1.57)100
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Murray Chapple), 2-38 (Matt Poore), 3-58 (Bert Sutcliffe), 4-75 (Frank Mooney), 5-75 (Geoff Rabone), 6-76 (John Reid), 7-76 (Lawrie Miller), 8-84 (John Beck), 9-89 (Bob Blair), 10-100 (Guy Overton)
NAT Adcock1944351.6900
DEJ Ironside20.5103731.3400
ARA Murray831010.9300
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of South Africa
Series resultSouth Africa led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 378
Match days24,26,28,29 December 1953 (4-day match)
Test debut
David Ironside
John Beck
David Drew
Balls per over8
Thu, 24 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 259/8 (HJ Tayfield 16*, DEJ Ironside 6*)
Fri, 25 Dec - rest day
Sat, 26 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 35/3 (JHB Waite 4*, HJ Tayfield 9*)
Sun, 27 Dec - rest day
Mon, 28 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 68/3 (GO Rabone 19*, FLH Mooney 6*)
Tue, 29 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 100 (47.5 ov) - end of match
  • This Test has special significance in NZ cricket. It started just before the Tangiwai rail disaster on the North Island main trunk railway (24/12) when a bridge was washed away by torrents of water from the Mt Ruapehu crater lake. The fiancee of RW Blair was killed.
  • B Sutcliffe (1) retired hurt on 0* from 9/2 to 81/6 (hospitalised after being struck on the head)
  • LSM Miller (1) retired hurt on 1* from 24/3 to 57/5 (also hospitalised after being struck on the chest)
  • Blair, not expected at the crease, batted at 11 and stayed while Sutcliffe hit Tayfield for 3 further 6s in 4 balls. Blair himself also hit Tayfield for 6.