5th Test, England tour of South Africa at Durban, 3-14 March 1939
The fifth test match between England and South Africa, which commenced on Friday, March 3, ended in a draw on Wednesday last, after having extended over eleven days, on ten of which cricket was played. Heavy rain after the tea adjournment on Wednesday prevented further play and the Englishmen had to leave to catch their boat home. South Africa made 530 and 481, and England 316 and 654 for the loss of five wickets. When play was abandoned England required only 42 runs for victory and had five wickets in hand. In the visitors’ second innings Edrich made 215, Hammond 110 and Gibb 120. During the progress of the match 1981 runs were scored, a record for a Test or any first class match. The number of days over which it extended is also a record. Having won one of the previous tests England won the 5-match series 1-0.
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