Riki Wessels scored a List-A high score of 146 for Notts, an innings reminiscent of his Dad’s best for Sussex – coincidentally also 146.
Wessels senior was the first South African to score a Test century on debut; achieving the feat for Australia. He was the first South African captain after re-admission and the first South African to score a Test century at Lord’s after South Africa’s re-admission into international cricket.
He made his Test debut during the 1982-83 season when Australia played the touring English at the Gabba, scoring 162 runs in a gutsy innings that introduced him to the cricketing world, and earned him admirers in his adoptive country. Wessels represented Australia from 1982 before retiring from international cricket in 1986 after playing 24 Tests at an average of 43.
Six years after his retirement, he made his international comeback, but this time playing for South Africa. He captained the South African side at the 1992 World Cup and captained the Test side in 16 Tests between 1991 and 1994.
During his last tour with the South African side to England in 1994, he scored 105 runs at Lord’s to lead South Africa to a 356-run win in the first of a three-match series against Mike Atherton’s English side.
Since Wessels’ trail-blazing Tests, seven South African players have scored centuries on Test debut, and five have etched their names on the Lord’s honours board.