Simon Base joined Glamorgan in 1986 having been recommended to the Welsh county by Geoff Holmes, who had played alongside him in club cricket in Cape Town.
The right-arm swing bowler had first played for Western Province ‘B’ in 1981, and made his Championship debut in April 1986 against Gloucestershire at Bristol. The following year, Simon took 5/67 against Surrey at The Oval, but never held a regular place in the Welsh county`s line-up.
In 1988 Simon joined Derbyshire, although the East Midlands county were fined £2,000 for making what emerged to be an illegal approach, with Simon suspended from first-class cricket for ten weeks for a supposed breach of contract.
However, Simon soon won a regular place in the Derbyshire line-up and after some useful performances for his new side, he toured Holland with the England `A` team in 1989. The same summer he took 7/60 against Yorkshire at Chesterfield and Simon was awarded his county cap.
He continued to play for Derbyshire until 1996, before taking up a coaching appointment with the club. However injuries saw Simon briefly re-appear in first-class cricket in 1999.
BASE, Simon John
Born – Maidstone, 2nd January 1960
Career-best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 38 v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1987; 5/67 v Surrey at The Oval, 1987.
In List A cricket – 19 v Kent at Swansea, 1987; 3/31 v Somerset at Taunton, 1986.