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November 11, 2010
South Africa allrounder Herbert Roy Lance, commonly known as Tiger, died on Wednesday from complications resulting from a car accident four weeks ago. He was 70 years old.
Lance was involved in a head on collision in Johannesburg on October 15. The subsequent injuries included a dislocated right hip and internal bleeding of the lung. At the time, police said the woman who drove into Lance was driving on the wrong side of the road. Lance died in hospital.
"He was both a powerful cricketer and a powerful personality and was a legend in his own lifetime," Gerald Majola, chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement. CSA flew their flag at half mast on Wednesday to mourn Lance's death.
Lance played 13 Test matches for South Africa between 1962 and 1970, scoring 591 runs at an average of 28.14 and taking 12 wickets at 39.91. He made his debut against New Zealand in Johannesburg and took three for 30 in his first test innings. Lance was also part of a team that whitewashed Australia 4-nil in 1970. He played in a side that included Barry Richards, Graham and Peter Pollock, Mike Proctor and Eddie Barlow, and was captained by Ali Bacher.
"He batted with distinction at the No. 5 position, was an outstanding slip catcher and a very good medium fast seam bowler," Bacher told the South African Press Association. Bacher, a former cricket administrator, also played with Lance domestically, where both represented Transvaal. Lance was prolific on the domestic scene and played 103 first- class games for North Eastern Transvaal, Northern Transvaal and Transvaal. He scored 5336 first class runs at an average of 34.87 and claimed 167 wickets at average of 25.65
Lance also played football for Mayfair Rangers and dabbled in hockey.
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