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South Africa v England

1930-31 Fri 12.12 : Johannesburg (Ellis Park Cindrena) South Africa 17 England 37
UNOFFICIAL Joe Sarkis 5 Nobby Key 9
Note : Scorers of this match supplied by Maciej Wegrzyn. "Baby" (B E) Scott 4 John Deeley 9
Heat details, supplied by Ken MacLeod, are from the Stan Collins © 3 Ivor Hill 7
Rand Daily Mail (Johannesburg). Allan Reeve 3 Wally Lloyd 5
Other matches in this series appear to have been cancelled Fred Neill 2 "Bunny" Wilcox 4
due to a combination of the lack of strength of the home Ginger Bower 0 Charlie Hornby © 2
team, heavy rain, and a "strike" (for more pay) by the South "Gummy" Barnes 0 Arthur Tims 1
African riders.
Heat Details 5 : Deeley, Lloyd, Sarkis 59.0 1-5 9-21
1 : Hill, Reeve, Collins 57.8 3-3 3-3 6 : Key, Collins, Wilcox 58.8 2-4 11-25
2 : Deeley, Scott, Lloyd 59.8 2-4 5-7 7 : Sarkis, Hornby, Hill 59.6 3-3 14-28
3 : Key, Wilcox, Sarkis 59.0 1-5 6-12 8 : Deeley, Lloyd, Reeve 60.0 1-5 15-33
4 : Hill, Neill, Timms 60.0 2-4 8-16 9 : Key, Scott, Wilcox 59.8 2-4 17-37
Chateau Brandy Handicap : Deeley, Hornby, Key

1948-49 England won series 4-1
UNOFFICIAL Sat 01.01 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 31 England 53
Sat 08.01 : Benoni (Dunswart) South Africa 42 England 41 (Att: 8,000)
Sat 15.01 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 39 England 44 (Att: 10,000)
Sat 22.01 : Johannesburg (Wembley) † South Africa 39 England 44 (Att: 8,000)
Sat 29.01 : Benoni (Dunswart) South Africa 40 England 44
† 4th Test at Jo'burg : Other sources have result as 39-43 (Gibson 2)
South Africa Total England Total
Henry Long 11 10 9 11 10 51 Alan Chambers 8 12 10 7 10 47
Buddy Fuller © 5 10 11 8 7 41 Peter Robinson 11 7 8 8 9 43
Fred Wills 3 6 5 3 5 22 Wilf Plant © 5 9 11 8 8 41
Toby Boshoff 5 3 - 4 4 16 Ken Middleditch 7 8 8 9 6 38
Doug Serrurier 2 6 4 2 2 16 Ted Gibson 9 0 3 3 5 20
Bob Quick 2 3 4 4 - 13 Ken Tidbury 7 2 2 2 2 15
Syd van der Vyver - - 3 4 5 12 Jeff Bishop 3 3 2 6 0 14
Harry du Toit - - 2 3 6 11 Jimmy Dunn 3 0 0 1 4 8
Joe Blankfield 3 1 - - 1 5
Oscar Wessman - 3 1 - - 4
Bob Serrurier 0 - - - - 0

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Some of the riders of both teams, probably pictured before the 4th Test, identified by David Austin.
Standing (left to right): Ted Gibson, Buddy Fuller, Doug Serrurier, Jimmy Dunn, Wilf Plant, Jeff Bishop, Harry du Toit, Toby Boshoff
Kneeling (left to right): Fred Wills, Syd van der Vyver, Ken Middleditch, Bob Quick, Ken Tidbury
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The above pic (apologies for the quality) shows that, in earlier Test Matches, the tourists used their own British club race jackets.
David Austin tells me that the Union flag race jackets were first used in the 3rd Test, having been ordered from London!.
Top L/R: Jimmy Dunn, Ken Tidbury, Wilf Plant, Ted Gibson, and Alan Chambers (in circle); bottom L/R: Ken Middleditch and Jeff Bishop
Heat Details - 1st.Match at Johannesburg
H 1: 1 B. Fuller, 2 D. Serrurier, 3 W. Plant, Tidbury 75.8 5-1 5-1
H 2: 1 H. Long, 2 P. Robinson, 3 T. Boshoff, Middleditch 76.8 4-2 9-3
H 3: 1 T. Gibson, 2 A. Chambers, 3 B. Quick, Wills 77.2 1-5 10-8
H 4: 1 K. Middleditch, 2 J. Blankfield, 3 J. Dunn, Fuller f 78.7 2-4 12-12
H 5: 1 H. Long, 2 K. Tidbury, 3 T. Boshoff, Plant 80.5 4-2 16-14
H 6: 1 P. Robinson, 2 K. Middleditch, 3 F. Wills, Quick 81.2 1-5 17-19
H 7: 1 T. Gibson, 2, A. Chambers, 3 B. Fuller, D Serrurier 78.9 1-5 18-24

H 8: 1 P. Robinson, 2 H. Long, 3 J. Bishop, B Serrurier 79.9 2-4 20-28
H 9: 1 K. Tidbury, 2 F. Wills, 3 W. Plant, Quick 88.8 2-4 22-32
H 10: 1 Robinson, 2 Middleditch, 3 Fuller, D Serrurier 99.6 1-5 23-37
H 11: 1 H. Long, 2 T. Boshoff, 3 A. Chambers, Gibson f 86.2 5-1 28-38
H 12: 1 Plant, 2 Dunn, 4 Blankfield, Wills ex, B Serrurier f,ns 86.2 1-5 29-43
H 13: 1 A. Chambers, 2 J. Bishop, 3 Boshoff, Blankfield 87.6 1-5 30-48
H 14: 1 T. Gibson, 2 K. Tidbury, 3 B. Quick, D Serrurier 84.1 1-5 31-53
Heat Details - 2nd.Match at Benoni
1: Fuller, Plant, D Serrurier, Tidbury 72.3 (equals record) 4-2 4-2
2: Long, Middleditch, Boshoff, Robinson 4-2 8-4
3: Chambers, Wills, Quick, Gibson 71.9 (new record) 3-3 11-7
4: Middleditch, Fuller, Blankfield, Dunn 71.0 (new record) 3-3 14-10
5: Long, Plant, Tidbury, Boshoff 3-3 17-13
6: Middleditch, Robinson, Wills, Quick 1-5 18-18
7: Chambers, Fuller, D Serrurier, Gibson 3-3 21-21
8: Robinson, Long, Bishop, Wessman 2-4 23-25
9: Plant, Wills, Tidbury, Quick 2-4 25-29
10: Fuller, Robinson, D Serrurier, Middleditch 4-2 29-31
11: Chambers, Long, Boshoff, Gibson 3-3 32-34
12: Wessman, Plant, Wills, Dunn 4-2 36-36
13: Chambers, Bishop, Boshoff, Blankfield 1-5 37-41
14: Serrurier, Quick, Dunn R, Tidbury F 5-0 42-41
Heat Scorers - 3rd.Match at Johannesburg
South Africa : Fuller (2,3,3,3) 11; Serrurier (1,0,1,2) 4; Long (2,3,3,1) 9; Wessman (0,0,0,1) 1; Wills (2,2,1,0) 5; Quick (1,1,2,0) 4; du Toit (0,2) 2; van der Vyver (1,2) 3 England : Plant (3,2,3,3) 11; Tidbury (0,1,0,1) 2; Chambers (3,3,2,2) 10; Gibson (1,2,0,0) 3; Robinson (3,3,2,0) 8; Middleditch (0,2,3,3) 8; Bishop (1,1) 2; Dunn (0,0) 0
Heat Scorers - 4th.Match at Johannesburg
1 Fuller, Plant, Serrurier 74.2 4-2 4-2
2 Long, Chambers, Middleditch 74.2 3-3 7-5
3 Robinson, Bishop, Wills 74.9 1-5 8-10
4 Middleditch Vyver 75.2 2-3 10-13
5 Plant, Long, Boshoff 72.7* 3-3 13-16
6 Middleditch, Chambers, Quick 74.3 1-5 14-21
7 Robinson, Bishop, Serrurier 76.8 1-5 15-26
8 Long, Chambers, du Toit 74.4 4-2 19-28
9 Quick, Wills, Tidbury 77.7 5-1 24-29
10 Fuller, Middleditch, Chambers 75.6 3-3 27-32
11 Long, Robinson, Bishop 74.6 3-3 30-35
12 Gibson, du Toit, Tidbury 77.7 2-4 32-39
13 Boshoff, Vyver, Dunn 77.6 5-1 37-40
14 Plant, Fuller, Bishop 75.7 2-4 39-44
* track record
South Africa : D Serrurier (1,F,1,0) 2; Fuller (3,F,3,2) 8; Long (3,2,3,3) 11; Boshoff (0,1,0,3) 4; Wills (1,0,2,0) 3; Quick (0,1,3,0) 4; van der Vyver (res)(2,2) 4; du Toit (res)(1,2) 3 England : Tidbury (0,0,1,1) 2; Plant (2,3,ns,3) 8; Chambers (2,2,2,1) 7; Middleditch (1,3,3,2) 9; Robinson (3,3,2,0) 8; Bishop (2,2,1,1) 6; Gibson (res) (F,3) 3; Dunn (res) (0,1) 1
5th.Match at Benoni
1 Boshoff, Middleditch, Fuller 73.3 4-2 4-2
2 Long, Chambers, Serrurier 72.9 4-2 8-4
3 Robinson, Gibson, Vyver 73.8 1-5 9-9
4 du Toit, Dunn, Fuller 73.5 4-2 13-11
5 Plant, Long, Serrurier 71.4 3-3 16-14
6 Chambers, Vyver, Tidbury 70.9* 2-4 18-18
7 Fuller, Gibson, Robinson 72.8 3-3 21-21
8 Long, Chambers, Blankfield 72.5 4-2 25-23
9 Plant, Wills, Middleditch 71.1 2-4 27-27
10 Chambers, Fuller, Dunn 73.1 2-4 29-31
11 Robinson, Long, Gibson 71.9 2-4 31-35
12 Wills, Plant, Tidbury 71.9 3-3 34-38
13 du Toit, Robinson, Dunn 73.6 3-3 37-41
14 Middleditch, Vyver, Boshoff 73.9 3-3 40-44
* track record
South Africa : Long (2 3 2 3) 10; Fuller (1 1 3 2) 7; du Toit (res) (3 3) 6; Wills (0 0 3 2) 5; van der Vyver (1 2 0 2) 5, Boshoff (1 f 0 1) 2; Blankfield (res) (1 0) 1 England : Chambers (3 2 3 2) 10, Robinson (3 1 3 2) 9, Plant (0 3 3 2) 8, Middleditch (2 0 1 3) 6, Gibson (2 2 1 0) 5, Dunn (res) (2 1 1) 4, Tidbury (res) (1 1) 2, Bishop (f) 0
OTHER MATCHES
??.12.48 Benoni (Dunswart) Eastern Transvaal 32 England 49 (Speedway World has result as 30-52 - top scorers : England - Chambers 12, Plant 11, Robonson 11
; South Africa - Wills 9, Quick 6)

??.12.48 Johannesburg (Wembley) Johannesburg Pirates 28 England 51 (Speedway World has result as 29-55 - top scorers : England - Chambers 11, Plant 11, Robinson 9 ; South Africa - Fuller 10, Boshoff 6, J Blankfield 6. Att: 8,000)
??.??.48 Germiston Eagles 26 England 55
05.03.49 Johannesburg (Wembley) Challenge. South Africa 43 (H Long © 11+1(paid max), B Quick 9, F Wills 8, O Wessman ?) England 40 (W Plant © 9, A Chambers 9). The tourists rode borrowed machines in this match, as their own were being shipped back to the UK. Buddy Fuller was unable to ride due to a back injury.

1949-50 England won series 3-2 .
UNOFFICIAL Thu 15.12 : Bloemfontein South Africa 33 England 51
Sat 04.02 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 44 England 39 Att : 12,000)
Fri 17.02 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 36 England 47 (Att : 12,000)
Wed 22.02 : Boksburg (Prince George Park) South Africa 49 England 35 Att : 6,000)
Sat 25.02 or Fri 03.03* : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 41 England 43
Note : Henry Long's three maximums were the first by a South African in Test matches.
* See programme, below right
Details of a match prior to that at Bloemfontein can be found below
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Henry Long 11 10 12 12 12 57 Ken Middleditch 9 9 10 8 6 42
Fred Wills © 7 10 5 10 11 43 Derrick Tailby 4 8 10 5 10 37
Alan Chambers** 7 9 6 9 7 38 Ron Clark 10 7 8 4 5 34
Syd van der Vyver 2 6 3 6 3 20 Jack Hodgson © 7 5 8 9 5 34
Doug Serrurier - 3 7 2 - 12 Peter Robinson 7 5 5 5 9 31
Bob Serrurier - 3 2 4 2 11 Harry Welch 7 5 1 - - 13
Oscar Wessman* 3 3 - 5 0 11 Wal Morton - - 4 3 6 13
Toby Boshoff 1 - - 1 4 6 Ted Gibson 5 0 1 1 - 7
Alec Gould - - 1 - 2 3 Dave Collins 2 - - - 2 4
Digger Filer 2 - - - - 2 Maurice Fenton † - - - 0 - 0
Joe Blankfield 0 0 - - - 0 † guest (Sth Af) 5th Test at Johannesburg
* Oscar Wessman died following a crash in the final meeting.
** Alan Chambers, top scorer for England in the previous series, who stayed in South Africa during the 1949 British season, changed his nationality to South African.
Heat Details - 1st.Match at Bloemfontein
1: Wills, Tailby, Hodgson, Blankfield 3-3
2: Middleditch, Long, Robinson, Wessman 2-4 5-7

3: Clark, Chambers, Welsh, Vyver 2-4 7-11
4: Robinson, Gibson, Boshoff, Wills1-5 8-16
5: Long, Hodgson, Wessman, Tailby 4-2 12-18
6: Middleditch, Robinson, Chambers, Vyver 1-5 13-23
7: Clark, Wills, Welch, Blankfield 2-4 15-27
8: Long, Filer, Collins, Middleditch R 5-1 20-28
9: Chambers, Hodgson, Vyver, Tailby 4-2 24-30
10: Middleditch, Wills, Robinson, Blankfield 2-4 26-34
11: Long, Welch, Clark, Wessman 3-3 29-37
12: Gibson, Hodgson, Chambers, Filer 1-5 30-42
13: Welch, Wessman, Collins, Boshoff 2-4 32-46
14: Clark, Tailby, Vyver, Blankfield 1-5 33-51
Heat Details - 2nd.Match at Johannesburg
1: Tailby, Wills, D Serrurier, Hodgson 3-3
2: Long, Middleditch, Robinson, B Serrurier 3-3 6-6
3: Chambers, Clark, Welch, Wessman 3-3 9-9
4: Robinson, Wills, Vyver, Gibson 3-3 12-12
5: Tailby, Long, Hodgson, B Serrurier 2-4 14-16
6: Middleditch, Chambers, Robinson, Wessman 2-4 16-20
7: Wills, Clark, Welch, D Serrurier 3-3 19-23
8: Middleditch, Long, Gibson F, Blankfield F 2-3 21-26
9: Hodgson, Wessman, Chambers, Tailby 3-3 24-29
10: Wills, D Serrurier, Middleditch, Robinson 5-1 29-30
11: Long, Welch, B Serrurier, Clark 4-2 33-32
12: Chambers, Vyver, Hodgson, Gibson 5-1 38-33
13: Vyver, B Serrurier, Welch, Gibson 5-1 43-34
14: Clark, Tailby, Wessman, D Serrurier 1-5 44-39
Heat Details - 3rd.Match at Johannesburg
Ht. 1: 82.0 Tailby, Hodgson, D.Serrurier, Wills. (1-5) 1-5
Ht. 2: 81.5 Long, Middleditch, vdVyfer, Robinson. (4-2) 5-7
Ht. 3: 84.5 Clark, Chambers, Welch, Gould. (2-4) 7-11
Ht. 4: 84.9 Robinson, Wills, Gibson. (2-4) 9-15
Ht. 5: 83.1 Long, Hodgson, Tailby, vdVyfer. (3-3) 12-18
Ht. 6: 84.7 Middleditch, Robinson, Gould, Chambers.(1-5) 13-23
Ht. 7: 84.9 D.Serrurier, Wills, Clark. (Welch F) (5-1) 18-24
Ht. 8: 81.7 Long, Middleditch, Morton. (3-3) 21-27
Ht. 9: 84.1 Tailby, Chambers, Hodgson. (2-4) 23-31
Ht.10: 84.2 Middleditch, D.Serrurier, Wills. (3-3) 26-34
Ht.11: 82.1 Long, Clark, vdVyfer. (4-2) 30-36
Ht.12: 86.0 Hodgson, Chambers. (2-3) 32-39
Ht.13: 85.6 Morton, B.Serrurier, vdVyfer.(Gibson F) (3-3) 35-42
Ht.14: 85.5 Tailby, Clark, D.Serrurier, Gould. (1-5) 36-47
Heat Details - 4th.Match at Boksburg
1: Hodgson, Wills, Tailby, B Serrurier 2-4
2: Long, Middleditch, Wessman, Robinson 4-2 6-6
3: Chambers, D Serrurier, Gibson, Clark 5-1 11-7
4: Wills, Robinson, Morton, Boshoff 3-3 14-10
5: Long, Hodgson, Wessman, Tailby 4-2 18-12
6: Middleditch, Chambers, Vyver, Robinson 3-3 21-15
7: Wills, B Serrurier, Clark, Gibson 5-1 26-16
8: Long, Middleditch, Vyver, Fenton 4-2 30-18
9: Tailby, Hodgson, Chambers, Boshoff 1-5 31-23
10: Robinson, Wills, Middleditch, B Serrurier 2-4 33-27
11: Long, Morton, Clark, Wessman 3-3 36-30
12: Chambers, Hodgson, Vyver, Morton 4-2 40-32
13: Wessman, Clark, Boshoff, Fenton 4-2 44-34
14: Vyver, B Serrurier, Tailby, Fenton 5-1 49-35
Heat Details - 5th.Match at Johannesburg
1: Wills, Clark, Hodgson, Serrurier 3-3
2: Long, Tailby, Morton, Wessman 3-3 6-6
3: Robinson, Vyver, Middleditch, Chambers 2-4 8-10
4: Wills, Morton, Boshoff, Collins 4-2 12-12
5: Long, Clark, Hodgson, Wessman F 3-3 15-15
6: Tailby, Morton, Chambers, Vyver 1-5 16-20
7: Wills, Robinson, Middleditch, Serrurier 3-3 19-23
8: Long, Tailby, Gould, Collins 4-2 23-25
9: Chambers, Hodgson, Clark, Vyver 3-3 26-28
10: Tailby, Wills, Morton, Serrurier 2-4 28-32
11: Long, Middleditch, Robinson, Gould 3-3 31-35
12: Chambers, Collins, Hodgson, Boshoff 3-3 34-38
13: Boshoff, Middleditch, Gould, Collins 4-2 38-40
14: Robinson, Serrurier, Vyver, Clark 3-3 41-43
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Other Match ??.01 : Johannesburg (Wembley) : Johannesburg & West Rand 22 (H Long 8, F Wills 7, S van der Vyver 5, D Filer 2, J Blankfield 0, A Gould 0) England 44 (P Robinson 10, D Tailby 9, K Middleditch 7, R Clark 7, H Welch 7, J Hodgson 4) Abandoned after heat 11.

1949-50 ??.12 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 36 British Tourists 36 (Att: 8,000)
UNOFFICIAL This match appears to have been reported only in "Speedway Echo", where Henry Long refers to it as the first match of the Test series (see above). However, reports of the Bloemfontein match refer to it as the 1st Test. This match had only 12 heats, whereas the other matches listed above were all of 14 heats Henry Long 12 Jack Hodgson 10
Fred Wills 10 Ken Middleditch 10
Alan Chambers 6 Ron Clark 6+1
Doug Serrurier 4+1 Harry Welch 4+2
Syd van der Vyver 3+1 Derrick Tailby 3
Toby Boshoff 1+1 Peter Robinson 3+2
Ht 1: Hodgson, Chambers, van der Vyver 83.1 3-3 3-3
Ht 2: Long, Middleditch, D Serrurier 82.3 (record) 4-2 7-5
Ht 3: Wills, Clark, Welch 84.7 3-3 10-8
Ht 4: Long, Hodgson, Serrurier 82.3 4-2 14-10
Ht 5: Wills, Middleditch, Robinson 83.6 3-3 17-13
Ht 6: Chambers, Clark, Welch 84.5 3-3 20-16
Ht 7: Hodgson, Wills, Boshoff 85.4 3-3 23-19
Ht 8: Middleditch, Robinson, van der Vyver 85.8 1-5 24-24
Ht 9: Long, Welch, Serrurier 83.8 4-2 28-26
Ht 10: Middleditch, Wills, Serrurier 85.6 3-3 31-29
Ht 11: Tailby, Clark, van der Vyver 87.7 1-5 32-34
Ht 12: Long, Hodgson, Chambers 83.2 4-2 36-36

1953-54 England won series 3½-1½
Wed 02.12*: Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 54 England 54 (Att: 9,000)
Fri 18.12 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 45½ England 62½ (Att: 2,000)
Fri 22.01 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 45 England 62
Fri 19.02 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 56 England 51
Fri 05.03 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 51 England 57
* This meeting had been twice postponed on 27.11 and 30.11 due to rain.
The starting area at Jo'burg was tarmacced (as in the UK) for the first match, though by the 4th match it had reverted to cinders. England captain Freddie Williams missed the final match (though was non-riding captain in the pits) when he broke his collarbone on 26.02, when he collided with Brian Crutcher while racing for the South African Match Race Championship. Bill Kitchen was due to deputise as captain in the last match, but two days before the meeting he returned to the UK to visit his sick mother.

South Africa Total England Total
Fred Lang 13 11½ 12 12 12 60½ Brian Crutcher 17 18 18 16 15 84
Henry Long 12© 11 12 16© 60 Freddie Williams© 13 17 18 15 - 63
Harry du Toit 13 7 4 12 41 Dom Perry 2 11½ 8 5 13 39½
Fred Wills 5 5 0 3 5 18 Bill Kitchen 13 11 8 5 - 37
Roy Bester 1 4 - 6 4 15 Ian Williams 1 3 8 5 2 19
Alec Blankfield 2 - - 11 1 14 Howdy Byford 5 0 1 2 8 16
Doug Lang 7 2 2 - - 11 Bill Griffiths 2 2 0 3 4 11
Joe Blankfield - 6 2 2 - 10 Reg Duval 1 0 1 0 8 10
Toby Boshoff 1 1 6 2 0 10 Gerry Hussey - - - - 7 7
Doug Davies - - - - 8 8
Bob Raw - - - - 4

1st.Test at Johannesburg
Heat Winners
h 1: H. Long, h 2: B. Crutcher 76.7 seconds (track record), h 3: H. du Toit, h 4: F. Williams, h 5: B. Crutcher, h 6: B. Kitchen, h 7: F. Williams, h 8: B. Crutcher, h 9: F. Lang 76.6 seconds (track record), h 10: D. Lang, h 11: F. Lang 76.4 seconds (track record), h 12: H. du Toit, h 13: F. Lang, h 14: B. Crutcher, h 15: H. Long, h 16: H. du Toit, h 17: B. Crutcher, h 18: D. Lang.

2nd Test at Johannesburg
South Africa 45½ England 62½ {short description of image}
Harry du Toit 0 1' 2 2 0 0 5+1 Freddie Williams 3 3 2 3 3 3 17
Fred Wills 2 2 0 - 1 - 5 Bill Griffiths 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Fred Lang 2 2 1' 2 2 2½ 11½+1 Brian Crutcher 3 3 3 3 3 3 18
Toby Boshoff 1' 0 - - - 0 1+1 Howdy Byford 0 - - 0 - - 0
Henry Long ef 1' 3 3 2 2 11+1 Bill Kitchen 3 0 3 2 2' 1 11+1
Doug Lang 1 - 1 0 0 - 2 Dom Perry 2' 3 0 1' 3 2½ 11½+2
Joe Blankfield 2 1' 1' 2 6+2 Reg Duval 0 0
Roy Bester 2 1' 1' 4+2 Ian Williams 1 1 1 3
Ht 1: F Williams, Wills, Griffiths, du Toit 77.5 2-4 2-4
Ht 2: Crutcher, F Lang, Boshoff, Byford 76.5 3-3 5-7
Ht 3: Kitchen, Perry, D Lang, Long (ef) 77.3 1-5 6-12
Ht 4: F Williams, F Lang, Griffiths, Boshoff 76.5 2-4 8-16 Ht 5: Crutcher, Bester, Long, Duval 77.4 3-3 11-19
Ht 6: Perry, Wills, du Toit, Kitchen 78.4 3-3 14-22
Ht 7: Long, F Williams, D Lang, Griffiths 77.2 4-2 18-24
Ht 8: Crutcher, du Toit, I Williams, Wills 77.8 2-4 20-28
Ht 9: Kitchen, Blankfield, F Lang, Perry 79.5 3-3 23-31
Ht 10: F Williams, du Toit, Bester, Griffiths 76.0 (track record) 3-3 26-34
Ht 11: Crutcher, F Lang, Blankfield, Byford 77.8 3-3 29-37
Ht 12: Long, Kitchen, Perry, D Lang 77.2 3-3 32-40
Ht 13: F Williams, F Lang, Blankfield, Griffiths 77.6 35-43
Ht 14: Crutcher, Long, I Williams, D Lang 77.8 2-4 37-47 Ht 15: Perry, Kitchen, Wills, du Toit 80.2 1-5 38-52
Ht 16: F Williams, Long, Bester, Griffiths 77.6 3-3 41-55
Ht 17: Crutcher, Blankfield, I Williams, du Toit 79.7 43-59
Ht 18: F Lang & Perry (dead-heat), Kitchen, Boshoff 79.9 2½-3½ 45½-62½

3rd.Test at Johannesburg
South Africa 45 England 62 {short description of image}
Bob Raw 0 0 - 2 0 2' 4+1 Freddie Williams 3 3 3 3 3 3 18
Fred Lang 2 2 3 1' 1 3 12+1 Reg Duval 1 0 - 0 - - 1
Henry Long 2' 2 2 3 2 1 12+1 Bill Kitchen 0 3 1' 0 3 1 8+1
Toby Boshoff 3 1' ex 1 1' 0 6+2 Ian Williams 1 1 2 2 2' 0 8+1
Fred Wills 0 0 0 0 - - 0 Brian Crutcher 3 3 3 3 3 3 18
Harry du Toit 2 2 2 1 0 - 7 Dom Perry 1 1 - 2' 2' 2' 8+3
Doug Lang 1 1' 2+1 Howdy Byford 1 0 1
Joe Blankfield ex 2 2 Bill Griffiths ex 0 0
Ht 1: F Williams, F Lang, Duval, Raw 75.6 2-4 2-4
Ht 2: Boshoff, Long, I Williams, Kitchen 77.4 5-1 7-5
Ht 3: Crutcher, du Toit, Perry, Wills 76.7 2-4 9-9
Ht 4: F Williams, Long, Boshoff, Duval 75.8 3-3 12-12
Ht 5: Kitchen, du Toit, I Williams, Wills 78.9 2-4 14-16
Ht 6: Crutcher, F Lang, Perry, Raw 76.6 2-4 16-20
Ht 7: F Williams, du Toit, Byford, Wills 77.5 2-4 18-24
Ht 8: F Lang, I Williams, Kitchen, Blankfield (ex) 78.3 3-3 21-27
Ht 9: Crutcher, Long, Griffiths (exc), Boshoff (ex) 78.3 2-3 23-30
Ht 10: F Williams, Raw, F Lang, Duval 77.7 3-3 26-33
Ht 11: Long, I Williams, Boshoff, Kitchen 77.2 4-2 30-35 Ht 12: Crutcher, Perry, du Toit, Wills 78.3 1-5 31-40
Ht 13: F Williams, Long, Boshoff, Byford 76.6 3-3 34-43 Ht 14: Kitchen, I Williams, D Lang, du Toit 79.5 1-5 35-48
Ht 15: Crutcher, Perry, F Lang, Raw 79.2 1-5 36-53
Ht 16: F Williams, Blankfield, D Lang, Griffiths 79.5 3-3 39-56
Ht 17: F Lang, Raw, Kitchen, I Williams 79.2 5-1 43-59 44-57
Ht 18: Crutcher, Perry, Long, Boshoff 80.5 1-5 44-64 45-62

4th Test at Johannesburg
South Africa 56 England 51 {short description of image}
Henry Long 3 3 2 2 3 3 16 Freddie Williams 2 2 3 3 3 2 15
Toby Boshoff 0 1 1' 0 - 0 2+1 Bill Griffiths 1' 0 - 1 1 - 3+1
Harry du Toit 1' 1 2' 0 - ret 4+2 Brian Crutcher 3 2 3 3 3 2 16
Alec Blankfield 2 3 3 1 0 2 11 Dom Perry 0 0 0 2' 2' 1' 5+3
Roy Bester 2' 1 1' 1 1 0 6+2 Bill Kitchen 1 0 - 2 2 ret 5
Fred Lang 3 3 - 3 0 3 12 Ian Williams 0 2 0 0 0 3 5
Fred Wills 2 1 3 Howdy Byford 1 1' 2+1
Joe Blankfield 2 2 Reg Duval 0 0
Ht 1: Long, F Williams, Griffiths, Boshoff 76.2 3-3 3-3
Ht 2: Crutcher, A Blankfield, du Toit, Perry 78.8 3-3 6-6
Ht 3: F Lang, Bester, Kitchen, I Williams 76.4 5-1 11-7
Ht 4: A Blankfield, F Williams, du Toit, Griffiths 78.4 4-2 15-9
Ht 5: F Lang, Crutcher, Bester, Perry 77.7 4-2 19-11
Ht 6: Long, I Williams, Boshoff, Kitchen 76.6 4-2 21-13
Ht 7: F Williams, Wills, Bester, Duval 77.9 3-3 26-16
Ht 8: Crutcher, Long, Boshoff, Perry 78.3 3-3 29-19
Ht 9: A Blankfield, du Toit, Byford, I Williams 78.5 5-1 34-20
Ht 10: F Williams, Long, Griffiths, Boshoff 78.3 2-4 36-24
Ht 11: Crutcher, Perry, A Blankfield, du Toit 79.8 1-5 37-29
Ht 12: F Lang, Kitchen, Bester, I Williams 77.8 4-2 41-31 Ht 13: F Williams, J Blankfield, Griffiths, A Blankfield 2-4 43-35
Ht 14: Crutcher, Perry, Bester, F Lang 79.5 1-5 44-40
Ht 15: Long, Kitchen, Wills, I Williams 77.3 4-2 48-42
Ht 16: F Lang, F Williams, Byford, Bester 77.7 3-3 51-45 Ht 17: Long, Crutcher, Perry, Boshoff 80.6 3-3 54-48
Ht 18: I Williams, A Blankfield, du Toit (ret), Kitchen (ret) 85.5 2-3 56-51

5th Test at Johannesburg
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1 Henry Long 1 3 3 2' 0 0 9 + 1 1 Reg Duval 2' 2 2 1 1 0 8 + 1
2 Alec Blankfield 0 - 1 - - - 1 2 Bill Griffiths 3 0 1' 0 - - 4 + 1
3 Harry du Toit 2' 3 1 3 2 1 12 + 1 3 Ian Williams 0 0 0 2 0 - 2
4 Roy Bester 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 Howdy Byford 1 2 2 1' 1 1' 8 + 2
5 Fred Lang 0 3 3 0 3 3 12 5 Brian Crutcher 3 2 2' 3 3 2' 15 + 2
6 Fred Wills 1 1 - - 2' 1 5 + 1 6 Dom Perry 2' 1' 3 2' 2' 3 13 + 4
7 Toby Boshoff 0 0 7 Gerry Hussey 3 2 2 7
8 Doug Davies 0 3 1 1 3 8 8 Bert Clark no rides -
1 Griffiths, Duval, Long, Blankfield 76.9 1-5 1-5
2 Bester, du Toit, Byford, Williams 77.2 5-1 6-6
3 Crutcher, Perry, Wills, Lang 76.3 1-5 7-11
4 du Toit, Duval, Bester, Griffiths 77.4 4-2 11-13
5 Lang, Byford, Wills, Williams 77.1 4-2 15-15
6 Long, Crutcher, Perry, Boshoff 75.5 3-3 18-18
7 Lang, Duval, Griffiths, Davies 76.9 3-3 21-21
8 Long, Byford, Blankfield, Williams 75.8 4-2 25-23
9 Perry, Crutcher, du Toit, Bester 77.5 1-5 26-28
10 Davies, Long, Duval, Griffiths 76.6 5-1 31-29
11 du Toit, Williams, Byford, Bester 76.9 3-3 34-32
12 Crutcher, Perry, Davies, Lang 77.3 1-5 35-37
13 Hussey, du Toit, Duval, Bester 76.6 2-4 37-41
14 Lang, Wills, Byford, Williams 77.0 5-1 42-42
15 Crutcher, Perry, Davies, Long 78.0 1-5 43-47
16 Lang, Hussey, Wills, Duval 77.2 4-2 47-49
17 Davies, Hussey, Byford, Long 78.0 3-3 50-52
18 Perry, Crutcher, du Toit, Bester 77.5 1-5 51-57

1956-57 England won series 4-3
UNOFFICIAL Fri 30.11 : Bloemfontein (Railway Grounds)
South Africa 57 England 51
Fri 07.12 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 58 England 49
Sat 15.12 : Port Elizabeth South Africa 46 England 57
Fri 28.12 : Cape Town (Goodwood Showgrounds) South Africa 50 England 57 (Att: 10,000)
Sat 19.01 : Bulawayo, Rhodesia South Africa 49 England 56
Fri 15.02 : Johannesburg (Wembley) South Africa 57 England 51
Sat 23.02 : Durban (Hoy Park) South Africa 49 England 59
Important notes: The British speedway press referred to this as a 5-match series, i.e excluding the matches at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, which were deemed unofficial. However, research carried out by Ken MacLeod in the South African press - the Star (Johannesburg), the Rand Daily Mail, the Natal Daily News, and Sapa (South African Press Association) - has now confirmed that all seven matches were officially part of the series. However, the programme for the 19.01 match at Bulawayo refers to it as the 3rd Test (not 5th). Yes, I'm confused too!
This series was run on tracks controlled by Buddy Fuller's South African Riders' Association, and outside the juridiction of the South African Control Board, who declared all the matches to be unofficial, and all the competing riders suspended.
The England captain, Alan Hunt, died in a racing accident at Johannesburg on 01.02. Eric Boothroyd and Ron Mountford took over the captaincy for the final two tests.

The 4th Test at Cape Town was only only the second meeting ever held at Goodwood. During the match Roy Bester set a track record of 71.0 sec, 51 mph. This was for 3 laps of the third-of-a-mile circuit.

South Africa Total England Total
Doug Davies 17 14 ? 15 0 18 17 Eric Boothroyd 5 13 ? 6 15 11 7
Henry Long © 15 0 ? 7 7 18 14 Ron Mountford* 14 4 ? 10 16 11 11
Roy Bester 8 15 ? 16 8 13 9 Alan Hunt © 11 15 ? 11 11 - -
Neil Mortimer 14 14 ? - 6 5 - Peter Williams 8 12 ? 10 5 5 8
Arthur Duncan 0 5 ? 6 6 0 4 Jimmy Gooch 7 0 ? 5 6 12 14
Pat McKenzie 0 7 - 3 - 2 0 Jim Lightfoot 0 4 ? 9 3 5 13
Bev Bird (Rhod) - - - - 9 - - Nick Nicholls 6 1 ? 3 0 7 5
Roy Browning - - ? - - - 5 Vic Ridgeon - - - - - - 1
Toy Edwards 3 3 - - - - - Dave Collins - - - - - 0 -
Claude Warne - - ? - 3 - -
Johnny Gander - - - - - 1 - * Mountford became © for final two Tests.
Vern McWilliams - - - - - - 0
Malcolm Dean - - ? - - - -
Dave Collins - - - 2 - - -
Johnny Bekker - - - 0 - - -
† Point-scorers for the 4th Test (Cape Town) are based on the slightly incomplete heat details shown below, and do not agree with the final scores.
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The 1956-57 England Touring Team
Back - Jimmy Gooch, Eric Boothroyd, Ron Mountford, Peter Williams
Front - Alan Hunt, Nick Nicholls, Jim Lightfoot
Heat Details - 1st.Test at Bloemfontein (from the Bloemfontein "Friend" 1.12.56)
heat 1: 1 H. Long, 2 A. Hunt, 3 R. Bester 4 2 4 2 heat 2: 1 D. Davies, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 P. Williams 3 3 7 5 heat 3: 1 N. Mortimer, 2 R. Mountford, 3 N. Nicholls 3 3 10 8 heat 4: 1 D. Davies, 2 A. Hunt, 3 J. Gooch 3 3 13 11 heat 5: 1 N. Mortimer, 2 P. Williams, 3 E. Boothroyd 3 3 16 14 heat 6: 1 R. Mountford, 2 N. Nicholls, 3 R. Bester 1 5 17 19 heat 7: 1 A. Hunt, 2 N. Mortimer, 3 J. Gooch 2 4 19 23 heat 8: 1 H. Long, 2 R. Bester, 3 P. Williams 5 1 24 24 heat 9: 1 D. Davies, 2 R. Mountford, 3 N. Nicholls 3 3 27 27 heat 10: 1 H. Long, 2 R. Bester, 3 J. Gooch 5 1 32 28 heat 11: 1 D. Davies, 2 T. Edwards, 3 P. Williams 5 1 37 29 heat 12: 1 R. Mountford, 2 N. Nicholls, 3 N. Mortimer 1 5 38 34 heat 13: 1 A. Hunt, 2 D. Davies, 3 J. Gooch 2 4 40 38 heat 14: 1 N. Mortimer, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 P. Williams 3 3 43 41 heat 15: 1 H. Long, 2 R. Mountford, 3 R. Bester 4 2 47 43 heat 16: 1 J. Gooch, 2 N. Mortimer, 3 A. Hunt 2 4 49 47 heat 17: 1 H. Long, 2 P. Williams, 3 R. Bester 4 2 53 49 heat 18: 1 D. Davies, 2 R. Mountford, 3 T. Edwards 4 2 57 51
Heat Details - 2nd Test at Johannesburg (from the Johannesburg "Star")
Heat winners ONLY available: Ht.1 Roy Bester, 2 Peter Williams, 3 Neil Mortimer, 4 Doug Davies, 5 Pat McKenzie, 6 Roy Bester, 7 Alan Hunt, 8 Peter Williams, 9 Doug Davies, 10 Alan Hunt, 11 Doug Davies, 12 Eric Boothroyd, 13 Doug Davies, 14 Neil Mortimer, 15 Eric Boothroyd, 16 Alan Hunt, 17 Roy Bester, 18 Eric Boothroyd. Henry Long had bike problems and withdrew.
Heat Details - 4th.Test at Cape Town (from the "Cape Times")
H 1: 1 R. Bester, 2 H. Long, 3 A. Hunt, H 2: 1 R. Mountford, 2 D. Davies, 3 D. Collins H 3: 1 E. Boothroyd, 2 A. Duncan, 3 J. Lightfoot. H 4: 1 D. Davies, 2 A. Hunt, 3 D. Collins H 5: 1 P. Williams, 2 R. Mountford, 3 A. Duncan H 6: 1 R. Bester, 2 J. Lightfoot, 3 E. Boothroyd H 7: 1 N. Nicholls, 2 A. Hunt, 3 A. Duncan H 8: 1 R. Bester, 2 R. Mountford, 3 P. Williams. H 9: 1 D. Davies H 10: 1 R. Bester, 2 H. Long H 11: 1 P. Williams, 2 D. Davies H 12: 1 J. Lightfoot, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 A. Duncan H 13: 1 A. Hunt, 2 D. Davies, 3 J. Gooch H 14: 1 P. Williams, 2 P. McKenzie, 3 A. Duncan H 15: 1 R. Bester, 2 J. Lightfoot, 3 H. Long H 16: 1 A. Hunt, 2 J. Gooch, 3 P. McKenzie H 17: 1 R. Mountford, 2 H. Long, 3 R. Bester H 18: 1 D. Davies, 2 J. Gooch, 3 J. Lightfoot

Heat Details - 5th.Test at Bulawayo, Rhodesia
heat 1: 1 A. Hunt, H. Long (ef), A. Duncan (ef), N. Nicholls(ef) 0 3 0 3 heat 2: 1 C. Warne, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 J. Gooch, D. Davies (r) 3 3 3 6 Davies withdrew from the meeting, replaced by reserve Bev Bird. heat 3:1 R. Bester, 2 R. Mountford, 3 N. Mortimer, 4 P. Williams. 4 2 7 8 heat 4: 1 B. Bird, 2 A. Hunt, 3 J. Lightfoot. three starters only 3 3 10 11 rerun: Warne jumped off bike to avoid fallen Lightfoot and taken to hospital. also withdrew from meeting. heat 5: 1 R. Bester, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 J. Gooch,4 N. Mortimer 3 3 13 14 heat 6: 1 R. Mountford, 2 P. Williams, 3 A. Duncan, 4 H. Long 1 5 14 19 heat 7: 1 R. Bester, 2 N. Mortimer, 3 A. Hunt, N. Nicholls (ef) 5 1 19 20 heat 8: 1 E. Boothroyd, 2 H. Long, 3 A. Duncan, 4 J. Gooch 3 3 22 23 heat 9: 1 R. Mountford, 2 P. Williams, 3 B. Bird (three strters 1 5 23 28 heat 10: 1 H. Long, 2 N. Mortimer, 3 J. Lightfoot, 4 A. Hunt(ef) 5 1 28 29 heat 11: 1 1 E. Boothroyd, 2 J. gooch, 3 B. Bird (three starters) 1 5 29 34 heat 12: 1 R. Bester, 2 R. Mountford, 3 N. Mortimer, 4 P. Wiliams 4 2 33 36 heat 13: 1 A. Hunt, 2 B. Bid, 3 J. Lightfoot (three starters) 2 4 35 40 heat 14: 1 R. Bester, 2 E. boothroyd, 3 N. Mortimer, 4 J. Gooch 4 2 39 42 heat 15: 1 R. Mountford, 2 H. Long, 3 a. Duncan, P. Williams 3 3 42 45 heat 16: 1 R. Bester, 2 A. Hunt, 3 N. Mortimer, 4 J. Lightfoot 4 2 46 47 heat 17: 1 E. Boothroyd, 2 J. Gooch, 3 . Duncan, 4 H., Long (ef) 1 5 47 52 heat 18: 1 R. Mountford, 2 B. Bird, 3 P. Williams (three starters) 2 4 49 56
Captains match race challenge for Rhodesian Golden Helmet: H. Long bt A. Hunt (ef) 1-0
Heat Details - 6th.Test at Johannesburg
*The Johannesburg "Star" lists heat winners only: 1 Henry Long, 2 Doug Davies, 3 Jimmy Gooch, 4 Doug Davies, 5 Nick Nicholls, 6 Henry Long, 7 Roy Bester, 8 Henry Long, 9 Doug Davies, 10 Henry Long, 11 Doug Davies, 12 Jimmy Gooch, 13 Doug Davies, 14 Roy Bester, 15 Henry Long, 16 Roy Bester, 17 Henry Long, 18 Doug Davies.
*The UK Speedway Star has the following details, which do not agree with the individual point scores!(or with the Jo'burg Star!)Ht 1: Long, Boothroyd, Lightfoot, 77.0 Ht 2: Davies, Mountford, Nicholls, 76.1 Ht 3: Gooch, Bester, Williams, 77.1 Ht 4: Davies, Boothroyd, Lightfoot, Gander 77.8 (S.A. reserve Johnny Gander replaced Mortimer because of engine trouble in heat 4) Ht 5: Mountford, Nicholls, Bester, 79.9 Ht 6: Long, Gooch, Williams, 76.9 Ht 7: Bester, Boothroyd, Lightfoot, 78.2 Ht 8: Long, Mountford, Nicholls, 77.2 Ht 9: Mortimer, Davies, Gooch, 76.2 Ht 10: Long, Boothroyd, Gooch, Gander (fx) 78.0 (Gander replaced Arthur Duncan in heat 10) Ht 11: Davies, Mortimer, Mountford, 77.2 Ht 12: Gooch, Bester, McKenzie, 81.9 Ht 13: Davies, Mortimer, Boothroyd, 78.3 Ht 14: Bester, Mountford, Nicholls, 78.8 Ht 15: Long, Gooch, Gander, 77.6 (Gander again replaced Arthur Duncan in heat 15) Ht 16: Bester, Boothroyd, Lightfoot, 78.7 Ht 17: Long, Mountford, Nicholls, Gander 78.2 (Gander again replaced Arthur Duncan in heat 17) Ht 18: Davies, Williams, Mortimer, 77.8 The England reserve Dave Collins did not ride.
Heat Details - 7th.Test at Durban
heat 1: 1 R. Mountford, 2 H. Long, 3 R. Browning 3 3 3 3 heat 2: 1 D. Davies, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 J. Lightfoot 3 3 6 6 heat 3: 1 J. Gooch, 2 R. Bester, 3 N. Nicholls 2 4 8 10 heat 4: 1 D. Davies, 2 P. Williams, 3 R. Mountford 3 3 11 13 heat 5: 1 J. Lightfoot, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 R. Bester 1 5 12 18 heat 6: 1 J. Gooch, 2 N. Nicholls, 3 R. Browning 1 5 13 23 heat 7: 1 P. Williams, 2 R. Mountford, 3 R. Bester 1 5 14 28 heat 8: 1 H. Long, 2 E. Boothroyd, 3 J. Lightfoot 3 3 17 31 heat 9: 1 D. Davies, 2 J. Gooch, 3 N. Nicholls 3 3 20 34 heat 10: 1 H. Long, 2 R. Browning, 3 P. Williams 5 1 25 35 heat 11: 1 J. Lightfoot, 2 D. Davies, 3 E. Boothroyd 2 4 27 39 heat 12: 1 R. Bester, 2 J. Gooch, 3 A. Duncan 4 2 31 41 heat 13: 1 D. Davies, 2 R. Mountford, 3 P. Williams 3 3 34 44 heat 14: 1 J. Lightfoot, 2 R. Bester, 3 A. Duncan 3 3 37 47 heat 15: 1 H. Long, 2 J. Gooch, 3 N. Nicholls 3 3 40 50 heat 16: 1 R. Mountford, 2 A. Duncan, 3 P. Williams 2 4 42 54 heat 17: 1 H. Long, 2 J. Lightfoot, 3 R. Browning 4 2 46 56 heat 18: 1 D. Davies, 2 J. Gooch, 3 V. Ridgeon 3 3 49 59

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1956-57 In addition to the above matches, the England tourists rode two further matches:
INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE Wed 20.02 : Springs South Africa Select 39 England 33
??.03 : Klerksdorp South Africa Select beat England (attendance 7,500 - estimated by Vic Ridgeon!)
England also rode a match at Hoy Park, Durban in Nov.1956 against Durban Hornets, but no results are available. In the same month England , captained by Alan Hunt, and including Jimmy Gooch, beat Wembley Lions 41-29 at Johannesburg, who were skippered by Henry Long, and included Jimmy Meade.
1 - Springs
South Africa Select 39
Doug Davies 10, Roy Bester 10+1, Henry Long 9+1, Toy Edwards 4+2, Pat McKenzie 4, Claude Warne 2+1, Aubrey Long 0.
England 33
Ron Mountford 11, Eric Boothroyd 8, Jimmy Gooch 6, Nick Nicholls 3+2, Jim Lightfoot 2+2, Peter Williams 2, Dave Collins 1.
1: Mountford, Davies, Edwards 3-3
2: Boothroyd, Nicholls, H Long, A Long 1-5 4-8
3: Bester, Warne, Gooch, Lightfoot 5-1 9-9
4: Boothroyd, Davies, Edwards 3-3 12-12
5: H Long, Gooch, Lightfoot 3-3 15-15
6: Mountford, Bester, Williams, Warne 2-4 17-19
7: Davies, Gooch, Lightfoot 3-3 20-22
8: H Long, Mountford, McKenzie 4-2 24-24
9: Bester, Boothroyd, Nicholls 3-3 27-27
10: McKenzie, Bester, Gooch 5-1 32-28
11: Mountford, Edwards, Collins 2-4 34-32
12: Davies, H Long, Williams, Boothroyd F 5-1 39-33
2 - Klerksdorp
South African Select
Top scorers: Henry Long, Roy Bester
England
Top scorers: Ron Mountford, Eric Boothroyd, Nick Nicholls, Vic Ridgeon

1967-68 England (Great Britain?) won series on aggregate score 110 - 106
mid-Oct 1967 : Cape Town (Goodwood Showgrounds) South Africa England
mid-Oct 1967 : Cape Town (Goodwood Showgrounds) South Africa England
mid-Oct 1967 : Cape Town (Goodwood Showgrounds) South Africa 34 England 38
David Austin writes:
"Three meetings between SA and Great Britain (there is some confusion as to whether the team was called Great Britain or England as reference sources differ) were held at the Goodwood Showgrounds in Cape Town in 1967, either in October or November (the 1967/68 SA season). The British team consisted of British riders living in Cape Town and no UK based riders were used. The aggregate scores from the three meetings were used to produce a single result. Each meeting was over 12 heats and the aggregate score after the first two meetings was 72-72. In the third match Britain emerged the winners by 38-34, an aggregate score of 110 to 106, clinching victory with a 5-1 maximum in the 12th (36th) heat. The British team was reported as being Dave Collins (capt), Bob Cooper, Jeff Frost and Vic Peters (although this may have been Vic Page who finished second in the 1968 SA Junior Championship). In an interview with the Vintage Speedway Magazine in 2006, Dave Collins confirms he rode in this International series. The SA captain is believed to have been Reg Duval."

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