When people are asked what is the most number of runs to come off one over, thoughts turn to Tilak Raj and Malcolm Nash, who both conceded 36, to Ravi Shastri and Garry Sobers respectively.But in February 1990, Bert Vance went for more than twice that number in what ranks as one of first-class cricket's oddest overs.Ford faced two balls midway through the carnage and scored five.
Although when the penultimate over started Canterbury were eight wickets down, Germon, their wicketkeeper and no dunce with the bat, was still in and on strike.
On the final morning they declared their second innings, leaving Canterbury to chase 291 in what turned out to be 59 overs.
Canterbury lost early wickets, and as John Morrison, the former New Zealand batsman and at the time Wellington's coach, remembers, they "put the shutters up very early in a run-chase that was very feasible and we just couldn't remove them in the normal way".
They began the over on 196 for 8 with Germon 75 not out.
Vance proceeded to bowl a succession of no-balls, and of his first 17 deliveries only one - the second - was legitimate.