Infographic from the ‘World Atlas of Cricket’. The infographic shows the wins and losses for each of the participants of the Currie Cup illustrating the dominance by Transvaal and Western Province.
In its first nine years, the Currie Cup competition was played on the same basis as the Champion Bat, with a tournament at a single venue. It was only held on seven occasions, with no tournament in 1891/92 or 1895/96, when an English side was touring South Africa. Starting with bilateral matches between Kimberley (which soon adopted the name Griqualand West) and Transvaal, the tournaments expanded to five teams by 1896/97, and when competition resumed after the South African War of 1895-1902, this arrangement continued for one tournament. Thereafter matches were played on a home-and-away basis, apart from the 1910/11 competition, which reverted to a tournament basis in Durban.The last competition before the outbreak of war was 1912/13, since the following season MCC toured South Africa and no Currie Cup competition was held. The Union of South Africa did not come into being until 31 May 1910, by which time a division into provinces had emerged which did not correspond to the official division into four provinces: Cape Colony was divided into Eastern and Western Provinces and Border, while Griqualand West was officially part of Transvaal. Rhodesia, which was never part of South Africa, participated in the 1904/05 season, and would become a regular participant after World War I.