|Full name||Robert Howard Vance|
31 March 1968 |
Wellington, New Zealand
|Bowling style||Right arm off break|
|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|
|Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006|
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.
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.