This article describes the history of South African cricket from the aftermath of the First World War in 1919 to the end of the Second World War in 1945.
Domestic cricket from 1919 to 1945
Domestic first-class matches focused on the Currie Cup competition which, although it was the national championship, was not always contested because of travel constraints and other reasons. The Currie Cup was not held in seasons when there was a Test tour of South Africa, though it was held in 1931–32 when the South African Test side travelled to Australia and New Zealand.
Currie Cup winners from 1919–20 to 1944–45
- 1919–20 not contested
- 1920–21 Western Province
- 1921–22 undecided
- 1922–23 not contested
- 1923–24 Transvaal
- 1924–25 not contested
- 1925–26 Transvaal
- 1926–27 Transvaal
- 1927–28 not contested
- 1928–29 not contested
- 1929–30 Transvaal
- 1930–31 not contested
- 1931–32 Western Province
- 1932–33 not contested
- 1933–34 Natal
- 1934–35 Transvaal
- 1935–36 not contested
- 1936–37 Natal
- 1937–38 Natal and Transvaal (shared)
- 1938–39 not contested
- 1939–40 not contested
- 1940–41 not contested
- 1941–42 not contested
- 1942–43 not contested
- 1943–44 not contested
- 1944–45 not contested
Second World War
From the outset of the war, South Africa was actively involved as a member of the Allies. The war brought austerity and cricket was considered by many to be frivolous in such circumstances. Only one first-class game was played in South Africa during the wartime seasons.
This match took place during the 1942 New Year period at Newlands in Cape Town between Western Province and Transvaal. It ended in a draw. Western Province batted first and scored 237 in 79.1 overs. In reply, James Pickerill's 71 was the top score and Reginald Lofthouse's 4–63 was the best return as Transvaal made 251 for 8 declared. Sidney Kiel top-scored in the match with 128 not out as Western Province declared on 236 for 8. This didn't quite leave enough time for a result and Transvaal had made 166–6 when stumps were drawn.
International tours of South Africa from 1919–20 to 1944–45
Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) 1919–20
The AIF team had players of the calibre of Jack Gregory, Herbie Collins, Bert Oldfield and Nip Pellew.
A team captained by Lionel Tennyson and including 12 past or future England Test players toured South Africa between November 1924 and February 1925.
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