Vince van der Bijl

Country: South Africa
Born: March 19, 1948, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium

Vince van der Bijl Bio

Vintcent Adriaan Pieter van der Bijl, widely known as Vince van der Bijl, was a prominent South African cricketer. Despite his immense skills and numerous records, he played his entire career during South Africa’s sporting isolation and never got the opportunity to shine on the international Test cricket stage. Van der Bijl was born on May 22, 1947, in Durban, South Africa.

Standing tall at an impressive height of 6 feet 7½ inches, van der Bijl was a force to be reckoned with. With his remarkable accuracy, deceptive pace, and bounce, he was regarded as one of the best fast-medium bowlers of his time. His ability to maintain his stamina throughout matches defied all expectations, considering his towering physique. Alongside his bowling prowess, he surprised many as a reliable fielder and a useful lower-order batsman.

Throughout the 1970s, representing Natal, van der Bijl’s performances captured the imagination of cricket fans. He set numerous records during this period, including the most wickets for Natal and the most wickets in a South African season, managing an impressive tally of 65. Van der Bijl’s record of being the leading wicket-taker among South African bowlers remained unchallenged for quite some time. Additionally, he dominated domestic one-day competitions, consistently picking up wickets.

By 1980, van der Bijl had transitioned into the twilight of his career and retired from his teaching profession. However, an unexpected opportunity arose when he was approached to play for Middlesex. His new employers generously granted him a six-month leave of absence to fulfill his dream of playing cricket outside of South Africa.

Van der Bijl’s time with Middlesex proved to be a remarkable resurgence. Leading the attack alongside Wayne Daniel, he displayed his mastery of the craft, earning 85 wickets at a stunning average of 14.72. This outstanding performance played a pivotal role in Middlesex’s triumph in both the Schweppes County Championship and the Gillette Cup. His impact and infectious enthusiasm earned him immense popularity among teammates and fans alike.

Notably, van der Bijl showcased his skills once again when he made a one-off appearance for Middlesex against MCC in 1981, solidifying his place in cricket’s rich history. His charismatic personality, love for the game, and friendship towards fellow cricketers left an indelible mark on those who crossed paths with him.

Vince van der Bijl’s career serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the sport. Despite not having the opportunity to represent his country at the highest level, he is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest fast-medium bowlers of his generation. His immense talent, coupled with his humble nature, cemented van der Bijl’s reputation as a beloved figure within the cricketing community. Even though his career may not have followed the conventional path, his impact on the game and the people involved will always be cherished.

Vince van der Bijl Career Stats

Vince van der Bijl Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 156 188 48 2269 87 16.2 - - 0 - - - 51 0
List A 92 45 12 517 47 15.66 - - 0 0 - - 21 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Vince van der Bijl Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 156 - - 12692 767 8/35 - 16.54 - - - 46 12
List A 92 - 5237 2385 132 5/12 5/12 18.06 2.73 39.6 2 4 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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