Nicky Boje

Nico Boje (/ˌbɔɪˈj/ boy-YAY; born 20 March 1973) is a former South African cricketer who played in 43 Tests, 115 One Day Internationals and single Twenty20 International for South Africa.

Nicky Boje
Personal information
Full nameNico Boje
Born (1973-03-20) 20 March 1973 (age 48)
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
NicknameGodfrey Boje
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RelationsEHL Boje (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 276)24 February 2000 v India
Last Test4 August 2006 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 34)21 October 1995 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI30 October 2005 v New Zealand
Only T20I (cap 1)21 October 2005 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
1990/91–2012/13Free State
2007–2010Northamptonshire (squad no. 17)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 43 115 216 311
Runs scored 1,312 1,414 9087 4346
Batting average 25.23 26.67 34.42 24.97
100s/50s 0/4 2/4 8/56 2/17
Top score 85 129 226* 129
Balls bowled 8620 4541 43,135 13,004
Wickets 100 96 585 294
Bowling average 42.65 35.57 32.70 32.47
5 wickets in innings 3 1 22 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 5/62 5/21 8/93 5/21
Catches/stumpings 18/– 33/– 125/- 93/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 August 2017

Boje was a member of Africa XI team for 2005 Afro-Asia Cup. He is the first cap of Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa as well.

He attended Grey College in Bloemfontein. He is currently coaching the Knights cricket team in the Free State, South Africa. His brother, Eduard Boje, also played first-class cricket.

Domestic careerEdit


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, he scored his highest ever First class cricket score of 226*. He signed a new one-year contract on 3 September 2009 which saw him lead the club through the 2010 season.[1]

International careerEdit

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. And also in that 6 match ODI series, he amassed 355 runs in 6 innings and broke the record for scoring the most runs in a 6 match bilateral ODI series[2]

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.


  1. ^ Northants skipper pens new deal BBC Sport
  2. ^ "HowSTAT! ODI Cricket – Most Runs in Series". Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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