Robert Vance

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Bert Vance
Personal information
Full name Robert Howard Vance
Born (1955-03-31) 31 March 1955 (age 64)
Wellington, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off break
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Bob Vance (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 166) 30 March 1988 v England
Last Test 24 November 1989 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 63) 16 March 1988 v England
Last ODI 8 March 1989 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 8 135 78
Runs scored 207 248 6,955 1,607
Batting average 29.57 31.00 32.80 22.31
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 12/36 1/11
Top score 68 96 254* 106
Balls bowled - - -
Wickets - - 4 -
Bowling average - - 58.00 -
5 wickets in innings - - 0 -
10 wickets in match - n/a 0 -
Best bowling - - 2/18 -
Catches/stumpings -/- 4/- 150/4 33/1
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017

Robert Howard "Bert" Vance (born 31 March 1955) in Wellington is a former New Zealand cricketer. He played in four Tests and eight One Day Internationals for New Zealand.

Vance was born into a cricketing family; his father, R.A. Vance, was for many years a part of the Wellington team and a long-term chairman of NZ Cricket.

Domestic career

Vance first played for Wellington in the 1976-77 season and for four of the next five seasons was the Wellington wicket-keeper before beginning to concentrate on his batting. After establishing himself as a specialist batsman he became one of the most prolific batsmen in New Zealand domestic cricket through the 1980s

Vance was in his twelfth season of first-class cricket and thirty-two years old when finally called up to the New Zealand Test team in the New Zealand summer of 1987-88. That season he scored 638 runs for Wellington at an average of 79.75 and including three centuries. This was followed up the next season with 888 runs at an average of 80.72 including four centuries – a performance which saw him again included in the Test team.

Statistically, Vance's main claim to fame is deliberately conceding, on the instructions of his captain, a record 77 runs in single over in 1990.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Brightly fades The Don". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ "The 77-run over". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 February 2018.

External links

  • Bert Vance at Cricinfo
  • Robert Vance at CricketArchive
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