Full name Robert Edward Somers-Vine
Born June 2, 1912, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died June 6, 1989, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 77 years 4 days)
Major teams Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class span||1931/32 - 1945/46|
Bert Somers-Vine, who died in Johannesuzg, South Africa, on June 6, was a batsman and change bowler who played for Transvaal between 1931-32 and 1945-46. He also appeared in wartime first-class cricket in South Africa and in December 1942 captained the Rest of South Africa to victory at the Old Wanderers ground, Johannesburg; over an Air Force X1 skippered by Walter Hammond. In ten first-class matches Somers-Vine scored 508 runs in 19 innings, with two not outs and an average of 29.38. His best score, and only first-class century, was 119 for Transvaal against Rhodesia at Bulawayo in March 946 in his last first-class innings. Somers-Vine's most relevant first-class innings however was 90
out of 176 scored for Transvaal v Griqualand West at Kimberley in January 1940; it was by far the highest innings of the match and ensured victory for his side.
After his retirement Somers-Vine, a lawyer, was active in cricket administration. He was on the Transvaal cricket board of control for 18 years, serving as vice-chairman for six of these years. He was also instrumental in the building of the new Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean