- Nicky Boje
Nicky Boje Personal information Full name Nico Boje Born 20 March 1973
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
Batting style Left Handed Bowling style Slow Left Arm Orthodox Role Allrounder Domestic team information Years Team 1990–2002 Free State 2002 Nottinghamshire 2004–2007 Eagles 2007– Northamptonshire (squad no. 17) 2009– Warriors Career statistics Competition Tests ODIs FC OD Matches 43 115 212 288 Runs scored 1312 1414 8975 4008 Batting average 25.23 26.67 34.12 25.36 100s/50s –/4 2/4 8/55 2/16 Top score 85 129 226* 129 Balls bowled 8620 4541 42324 12034 Wickets 100 96 577 273 Bowling average 42.65 35.57 32.50 31.92 5 wickets in innings 3 1 22 1 10 wickets in match – – 2 – Best bowling 5/62 5/21 8/93 5/21 Catches/stumpings 18/– 33/– 124/– 88/– Source: Cricinfo, 20 July 2010
Nico "Nicky" Boje (born 20 March 1973) is a South African cricketer who played in 43 Tests and 115 One Day Internationals for South Africa, and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein. He is currently playing for the Chevrolet Warriors in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Boje joined English side Northamptonshire CCC for the last few weeks of the 2007 season as a replacement overseas player for Johan Van der Wath. A few days later it was announced that he would be joining the breakaway Indian Cricket League. In 2008, the captain of Northamptonshire, David Sales, resigned and Boje took over the role as captain for Northamptonshire. In that season, the captaincy had no effect on his batting as he scored his highest ever First class cricket score of 226*. He signed a new one year contract on the 3rd September 2009 which will see him lead the club through the 2010 season.
Boje's international career began in 1995 against Zimbabwe, and although he was in and out of the team due to injuries he established himself as South Africa's first choice spin bowler. Due to the amount of all-rounders in the South African team, Boje usually batted at eight or nine in the batting order, despite a first class batting average of 32 and both Test and ODI averages around 26, which was the highest for a regular number nine in Test cricket in the 2000s. However, despite the reasonably high average he never hit a Test century, although did make two ODI centuries against New Zealand in 2000–01.
In December 2006, Boje announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately. He finished his career with exactly 100 Test wickets, the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene in his final Test brought up his milestone.
South Africa squad – 1999 Cricket World Cup Semi-Finalists Boucher • 3 Boje • 4 Dippenaar • 5 Donald • 6 Gibbs • 7 Hall • 8 Kallis • 9 Kirsten • 10 Klusener • 11 Langeveldt • 12 Ntini • 13 Peterson • 14 Rhodes • 15 Zondeki • 16 Smith Replacement for Rhodes
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