|Marizanne Kapp Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||January 4, 1990|
|Spouse||Dane van Niekerk|
Marizanne Kapp is a South African professional cricketer who has represented her country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is) and is widely regarded as one of the best all-rounders of her era. In the South African domestic circuit, she has played for Eastern Province (2004-05-Present) and Northerns (2009-10–2011-12) across all formats. Marizanne has also played domestic cricket outside her home country, representing Surrey (2016) in England and the Australian Capital Territory (2017-18) in Australia. In franchise-based T20 cricket, she has turned out for the Sydney Sixers (2015-16-2020-21) and the Perth Scorchers (2021-22-Present) in the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League); the Surrey Stars (2016-2019) in the WCSL (Women’s Cricket Super League); and the Delhi Capitals (2023) in the WPL (Women’s Premier League). Marizanne has also played for the Oval Invincibles (2021-Present) in The Hundred, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that was introduced by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a new format of cricket that was played for the first time in July and August 2021.
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Port Elizabeth (now known as Gqeberha), Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Marizanne had attended the Kabega Primary School in her hometown of Port Elizabeth. She later studied at the Hoërskool D.F. Malherbe, a high school, also located in Port Elizabeth. After her high school graduation, she attained a degree in sports management.
- Father – Pieter Kapp (Businessman)
- Mother – Nereda Lamprecht
- Siblings – Lee Zaan Seaman (Younger Sister) (Entrepreneur), Zania Nortje (Sister)
She has been represented by Christopher Cardoso, Manager & Booking Agent, The Sporting Agents, Talent Management & Consultancy Firm, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
- 7 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I)
- 17 – Sydney Sixers (WBBL)
- 77 – Delhi Capitals (WPL)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Marizanne has dated –
- Dane van Niekerk (2018-Present) – Marizanne married fellow South African professional cricketer Dane van Niekerk in July 2018. Dane captained the South African senior national women’s cricket team between 2016 and 2021.
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
She has been sponsored by –
- Oakley, Inc. (American independent subsidiary of Luxottica Group S.p.A., an Italian eyewear conglomerate and the world’s largest company in the eyewear industry)
- USN SA (South African subsidiary of Ultimate Sports Nutrition, an international sports supplements brand)
- Victorinox AG (Swiss manufacturer of army knives, cutlery, watches, travel gear, apparel, and fragrances)
- Puma South Africa (South African subsidiary of Puma SE, a German multinational sportswear manufacturing corporation)
- DSC (Delux Sports Company) (Indian sporting goods manufacturer that specializes in cricketing equipment)
Marizanne Kapp Facts
- Marizanne was South Africa’s best performer with the ball (1/39 in 8 overs) and bat (61 runs) in the team’s first 2 group stage games – against New Zealand and Australia, respectively – of the 2013 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. In South Africa’s last match of the group stage, a do-or-die encounter against Pakistan, she first scored 102 runs not out to set up a target of 208 runs and then bowled a sensational spell (3/18 in 7 overs) to help South Africa win by 126 runs.
- She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her stellar all-round show. During this match, Marizanne was involved in an unbroken 128-run partnership for the 6th wicket with her future wife, Dane van Niekerk. As of February 2023, this was still the 4th highest partnership for the 6th wicket in the WODI format. The win against Pakistan helped South Africa qualify for the ‘Super 6’ stage of the competition.
- The team won 1 of its 3 matches in that phase and then lost the 5th place playoff match to finish in the 6th place overall – a marginal improvement over their 7th place finishes in both the previous 2 editions (2005 and 2009) of the tournament.
- Marizanne holds the record of being the first South African cricketer, male or female, to record a hat-trick (the feat of dismissing 3 batters in 3 successive legal deliveries) in a T20I match. She achieved the feat in September 2013 in a match against Bangladesh, becoming just the 3rd female cricketer to record a hat-trick in a T20I match.
- Quite incredibly, the record of being the first South African female to register a hat-trick in an ODI match is held by her wife, Dane van Niekerk. She achieved that feat in a game against the West Indies – in January 2013. Dane, in that match, incredibly, took 4 wickets in 5 balls – the last 3 of which comprised her hat-trick.
- At the 2014 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 4th edition of the tournament, Marizanne produced match-best bowling figures in South Africa’s 1st and last group-stage matches – 3/16 in 4 overs against Pakistan and 3/23 in 4 overs against New Zealand, respectively. South Africa won both those matches, results that helped the team finish its group in the 2nd position. This meant that South Africa had qualified for the semi-final stage of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for the first time – after enduring first-round exits in the first 3 editions (2009, 2010, and 2012) of the tournament.
- In South Africa’s 3rd group-stage game of the 2017 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, against the West Indies, she bowled an incredible spell – 4/14 in 7 overs. Marizanne was named the ‘Player of the Match’ despite her future wife, Dane van Niekerk, recording scarcely believable bowling figures (4/0 in 3.2 overs) – Dane became the first bowler in the history of international cricket to scalp 4 wickets without conceding a single run.
- The West Indies were bundled out for just 48 runs in this match – the then 2nd-lowest score by that team in a WODI match. South Africa finished the league phase of the tournament with a 4-2 win-loss record in 7 matches – ending up in the 4th position in the 8-team competition. This meant that South Africa reached the semi-final stage of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup for the first time since the 2000 edition. In the semi-final of the 2017 tournament, South Africa endured a heart-breaking 2-wicket defeat in a tense encounter with co-hosts and eventual champions England.
- Marizanne top-scored in South Africa’s 1st, 2nd, and 4th (last) group stage matches of the 2018 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – 38 runs in a 7-wicket win against Sri Lanka, 26 runs in a 31-run defeat to the West Indies, and 25 runs in a 30-run win against Bangladesh. Despite her heroics, South Africa’s defeat to the West Indies and a 7-wicket hammering by England in the team’s 3rd group stage match meant that South Africa narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi-final stage.
- On August 20, 2021, in the eliminator match (played between the teams that stood in the 2nd and 3rd positions at the end of the league phase of the tournament) of the inaugural season of The Hundred, she produced a match-best score of 37 runs in a 20-run win for the Oval Invincibles against the Birmingham Phoenix.
- The following day, in the tournament’s final, against league-stage table-toppers Southern Brave, Marizanne produced a stunning, ‘Player of the Match’ winning all-round performance – she first scored 26 runs off 14 balls to help set up a target of 122 runs and then plucked out 4 wickets at the cost of just 9 runs (in 18 balls) to seal a massive 48-run win for the Oval Invincibles.
- In South Africa’s opening group stage game of the 2022 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, against Bangladesh, she produced a match-best score of 42 runs in a 32-run victory. In the team’s 3rd group-stage match, against defending champions England, Marizanne recorded her first 5-wicket haul (5/45 in 10 overs) in the WODI format – in a narrow 3-wicket win. She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her performance.
- This made her the 3rd oldest player (32 years and 69 days) to record a maiden 5-wicket haul in the WODI format. In her team’s next (4th) group-stage match, against New Zealand, she produced another ‘Player of the Match’ performance (2/44 in 10 overs and 34 runs not out) – this time in a hard-fought 2-wicket win. This meant that South Africa had won all of its first 4 matches in the league phase of the tournament which meant that the team was well on course to qualify for the semi-final stage.
- The team achieved that target but lost to England in the semi-final – for the 2nd time in succession – this time by a massive margin of 137 runs. Marizanne finished the tournament as the joint 4th highest wicket-taker overall (12 wickets in 7 matches).
- In June 2022, she played just the 2nd test match of her career, against England, nearly 7 and a half years after her first (against India, in November 2014). This happened because women’s test matches have become rare events, especially after the late 2010s, due to the advent of the T20I format.
- In the match against England, she scored 150 runs in South Africa’s first inning – her first century in test match cricket. At 32 years and 174 days, Marizanne was the then 4th oldest female player to have scored her maiden test match century. As of February 2023, this was the highest individual score for South Africa in a women’s test match as well as the highest score by any female batter at the number 6 position in a test match.
- Marizanne was initially included in the South African squad for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. However, she withdrew from the tournament after receiving the news that a brother-in-law of hers had been seriously injured in an accident.
- In her absence, South Africa finished in 3rd position (a win and 2 defeats in 3 matches) in its group and failed to qualify for the semi-final stage. It was the first occasion where women’s cricket was included in the Commonwealth Games and just the 2nd time that cricket was played at the Commonwealth Games – a men’s tournament had previously been featured at the 1998 edition held in Kuala Lumpur.
- In September 2022, in the final match of the 2nd season of The Hundred, chasing a target of 102 runs set by the Southern Brave, she scored a ‘Player of the Match’ winning unbeaten knock of 37 runs to help the Oval Invincibles win by 5 wickets and 6 balls to spare. It was the team’s 2nd title in a row.
- In February 2023, in the auction for the upcoming inaugural edition of the WPL (Women’s Premier League), Marizanne was acquired by the Delhi Capitals for INR 1.5 crores. She was the 6th most expensive overseas player in the auction – behind Ashleigh Gardner (INR 3.2 crores), Nat Sciver-Brunt (INR 3.2 crores), Beth Mooney (INR 2 crores), Sophie Ecclestone (INR 1.8 crores), and Ellyse Perry (INR 1.7 crores).
- At the 2023 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Marizanne was South Africa’s best bowler in the team’s first, third, and fourth (last) group-stage matches of the tournament – against Sri Lanka (1/15 in 4 overs in a 3-run defeat), Australia (2/21 in 4 overs in a 6-wicket defeat) and Bangladesh (2/17 in 4 overs in a 10-wicket victory), respectively.
- Despite inconsistent performances, South Africa qualified for the semi-final stage ahead of both New Zealand and Sri Lanka – all 3 teams had ended up with 4 points at the end of the group stage – due to a superior net run rate (derived by calculating the average runs per over scored by a team throughout the competition and subtracting, from it, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the competition).
- In the semi-final, South Africa defeated its nemesis, England, by just 6 runs to reach the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for the first time in history. There, Australia defeated South Africa by 19 runs to win this title for a record-extending 6th time.
- In March 2023, in the Delhi Capitals‘ 4th match of the league phase of the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League, Marizanne recorded the 3rd 5-wicket haul (5/15 in 4 overs) of the tournament to limit the Gujarat Giants to just 105 runs. The Delhi Capitals rampaged their way to the target in a mere 7.1 overs (with all 10 wickets to spare) – their 3rd win in 4 matches – and Marizanne was named the ‘Player of the Match’.
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