Preceding his first-class career, Van Wyk had a distinguished role as a backyard cricket player. Using his brilliant cricketing mind in strategy as captain and his fantastic eye batting in the 1st-drop position, Van Wyk 'burnt the record books' as one journalist stated' in his career with the Denistone Dingoes, NSW, Australia and Gauteng.
One can not mention the name Van Wyk, however, without giving mention to his partner in crime, Dick Van Johnson. A talented all-rounder himself, it was not unusual to see 'VJ' or 'Ivo' (as he was affectionately known)opening both the bowling and batting.
The third element in the highly successful '3V' combo was Timothy 'VVS' Steyn ('''V'''ery '''V'''ery '''S'''teyn.) A demon fast bowling all-rounder, Steyn initially found fame as a 14-year-old when he killed two men (Dilmah 'The Nawab of Pataudi' Arndt and Towelly Hayes) with sharp bouncers.