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Pieter van der Bijl      

Full name Pieter Gerhard Vintcent van der Bijl

Born October 21, 1907, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Cape Province

Died February 16, 1973, Kalk Bay, Cape Province (aged 65 years 118 days)

Major teams South Africa, Oxford University, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Father - VA van der Bijl, Uncle - VAW van der Bijl, Son - VAP van der Bijl

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 9 0 460 125 51.11 1 2 3 1 0
First-class 44 76 9 2692 195 40.17 5 36 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 44 158 5 2/20 31.60 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1925-1943
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The Cricketer obituary
Pieter van der Bijl was a cricketer who surprised his friends, and undoubtedly himself, by playing with distinction for his country after a modest University career. He was a very large man who, coming from Diocesan College, Rondebosch, to Brasenose College fast made his mark as a heavyweight boxer. In his last year, 1932, he played for Oxford at Lord's in a match that gave early echoes of the uproar caused by the fast short bowling that was being practised at times by Notts under the leadership of A. W. Carr. The slow-footed van der Bijl was an easy target for Kenneth Fames, and the echoes indeed at this distance of time seem literal ones as one recalls the deep noises, something between a grunt and a groan, which issued as he was hit painfully on the body. But though ponderous in style he lacked nothing in courage and application, and following consistent form for Western Province in the Currie Cup he was chosen for South Africa against England in the first Test of the 1938-39 series. Alan Melville, who had given him a Blue, was leading South Africa, and also playing in his first Test. Both distinguished themselves, especially in the `Timeless Test' at Durban, wherein van der Bijl made 125 and 97: with his old friend Melville he put on 131 for the fast wicket in the first innings, and with Bruce Mitchell 191 in the second. He scored 460 runs in the rubber, with an average of 51. The war marked the end of Pieter's cricket for he was badly wounded. Thereafter he devoted himself to teaching, being headmaster of the preparatory school of the famous 'Bishop's'. For a while he was a Test selector. Many a sporting visitor to the Cape will remember his warm hospitality and the deepest of laughs.
EW Swanton, The Cricketer

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Mar 8, 1939

Pieter van der Bijl flicks the ball to long leg in the Timeless Test. He made a first-innings hundred and was dismissed for 97 in the second innings, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 8, 1939

Pieter van der Bijl flicks the ball to long leg

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Mar 3, 1939

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 3, 1939.  TA Deevin (manager), Eric Rowan, Chud Langton, Pieter van der Bijl, ES Newson, Ronnie Grieveson, Norman Gordon. Front: Ken Viljoen, Bruce Mitchell, Alan Melville (capt),  Eric Dalton, Dudley Nourse.

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test

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Mar 3, 1939

A rare attacking shot from Pieter van der Bijl in the Timeless Test. He made a first-innings hundred and was dismissed for 97 in the second innings, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 3, 1939

A rare attacking shot from Pieter van der Bijl in the Timeless Test

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