Tiger Lance

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Tiger Lance
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Tiger Lance after the Fifth Test in 1966–67
Personal information
Full name
Herbert Roy Lance
Born(1940-06-06)6 June 1940
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Died10 November 2010(2010-11-10) (aged 70)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut2 February 1962 v  New Zealand
Last Test5 March 1970 v  Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Runs scored5915,336
Batting average 28.1434.87
Top score70169
Balls bowled9484,284
Wickets 12167
Bowling average 39.9125.65
5 wickets in innings 02
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling3/306/55
Catches/stumpings 7/–101/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 December 2020

Herbert Roy "Tiger" Lance (6 June 1940 – 10 November 2010) was a South African cricketer.

Tiger Lance was born in Pretoria, Transvaal. He played in 13 Tests matches between 1962 and 1970 as an all-rounder. [1] He was a forceful middle order batsman and useful seam bowler. His father William [2] and his younger brother Anthony [3] also played first-class cricket in South Africa.

His most successful series was against Australia in 1966–67, when he played several important innings after early wickets had fallen cheaply; he hit a six off the bowling of Ian Chappell to win not only the Fifth Test in Port Elizabeth, but also the series, South Africa's first series win against Australia in the eleventh series between the two countries. In the five Tests of the series he scored 261 runs at 37.28.

His form in domestic matches in 1969–70 was moderate and he was not selected for the First Test against Australia, but at the request of the captain Ali Bacher he was included in the side for the rest of the series. [4] He was also selected for the 1970 tour of England and the 1971–72 tour of Australia, but neither series eventuated owing to anti-apartheid feeling in the host countries.

He retired after the 1971–72 season.

He died in hospital in Johannesburg, four weeks after the car he was driving was hit by a woman driving on the wrong side of the road. [5]

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  1. Christopher Martin-Jenkins. The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers (1980 ed.). Orbis Publishing, London. p. 263. ISBN   0-85613-283-7.
  2. William Lance at Cricket Archive
  3. Anthony Lance at Cricket Archive
  4. Rodney Hartman, Ali: The Life of Ali Bacher, Penguin, Johannesburg, 2006, p. 132.
  5. "Roy "Tiger" Lance dies". timeslive.co.za. Retrieved 10 November 2010.