Dane van Niekerk

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Dane van Niekerk
2017–18 WBBL PS v SS 17-12-30 van Niekerk (01).jpg
Van Niekerk batting for Sydney Sixers during WBBL|03
Personal information
Full name Dane van Niekerk
Born (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 25)
Pretoria, South Africa
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm leg spin
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 57) 16 November 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 53) 8 March 2009 v West Indies
Last ODI 15 June 2018 v England
ODI shirt no. 81
T20I debut (cap 18) 11 June 2009 v West Indies
Last T20I 23 June 2018 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–2012 Northerns Women
2008–2010 Highveld Women
2012–present Eastern Province Women
2015–2016 Melbourne Renegades
2016–present Loughborough Lightning
2016–2017 Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches 1 85 57
Runs scored 22 1446 905
Batting average 11.00 31.43 26.67
100s/50s 0/0 0/5 0/5
Top score 15 81 90*
Balls bowled 222 3612 990
Wickets 1 120 47
Bowling average 90.00 17.66 18.72
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/90 5/17 4/17
Catches/stumpings 0/– 44/- 18/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 June 2018

Dane van Niekerk (born 14 May 1993) is a South African cricketer born in Pretoria and educated at Centurion High School. A leg spin bowler, she has appearances in Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) representing South Africa and is the women's team captain in all three forms (Test, ODI and T20I) since June 2016.[1]

Early life and career

She played domestically for Highveld Women and Northerns Women[1] before becoming one of the first two South African females (along with Marizanne Kapp) to be included in the Eastern Province cricket team academy (men's team).[2] She was selected as part of the South Africa national women's cricket team for the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup in Australia, becoming a regular presence in the squad. She played in the 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup, as well as representing South Africa at the Women's World Twenty20 in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Bowling leg-spin, she made her debut at 16 years of age in March 2009, during the World Cup match against the West Indies at Newcastle. In her second match, she took 3/11 as South Africa beat Sri Lanka in Sydney to claim 7th place in the tournament. Through the years she has developed into an all-rounder and became a T20I opening batter.[3]

In January 2013 she became the first South African woman to take an international hat-trick, finishing with 5/28 in an ODI match against the West Indies.[4] A month later she scored her first ODI half century with a 55 not out during a World Cup match against Pakistan. She shared a partnership of 128 runs with Marizanne Kapp, the highest South African partnership for the 6th wicket.[5]

In January 2014 against Pakistan, van Niekerk took her second ODI five-wicket haul with 5/17. She was the first South African woman player to achieve two five-wicket hauls in ODIs.[6][7] Later that year, facing Pakistan at the Women's World T20I, she scored 90 not out in a 163 run unbroken partnership with Lizelle Lee, which is the second highest individual score in T20I by a South African woman[8] and the second highest partnership in all women's T20I history.[9][10]

In 2015, she took part of the inaugural season of the Australian Women's Big Bash League playing for the Melbourne Renegades.[11]

On 21 June 2016, she was appointed as South Africa women's captain for all forms (Test, ODI and T20I) following Mignon du Preez's decision to step down as captain.[12]

In February 2017, during the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, she became the seventh player to reach 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in WODIs. She also became the first player for South Africa to take 100 wickets in WODIs.[13]

She also went onto become the first ever bowler(in either men's or women's cricket) to take four wickets in international cricket history without conceding a single run and also set the record for recording the best bowling figures for South Africa in Women's World Cup history[14][15][16]She also went onto become the leading wicket taker during the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup tournament with 15 scalps[17]

In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year.[18]

In March 2018, she was one of fourteen players to be awarded a national contract by Cricket South Africa ahead of the 2018–19 season.[19]


She is studying sports management in Port Elizabeth.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Dane van Niekerk player profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Player profile". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Warne has nothing on van Niekerk". Superport. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "van Niekerk guides South Africa Women to comfortable win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Room-mates lift South Africa with record stand". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fritz, van Niekerk set up South Africa win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "SA Women ODI – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "SA Women T20I – High scores". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Partnership records / Highest partnerships for any wicket". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "South Africa openers set up thumping win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Renegades sign triple threat for WBBL". Melbourne Renegades. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mignon du Preez steps down as Proteas women's captain / Women's contracts for 2016/2017 season announced". CSA. 21 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Special day for van Niekerk despite loss to India". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "A record first for Dane van Niekerk". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  15. ^ "WI slump to new low after 48 all out". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  16. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup – South Africa Women | Best bowling figures in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  17. ^ "Cricket Records | ICC Women's World Cup, 2017 | Records | Most wickets | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  18. ^ "Ellyse Perry declared ICC's Women's Cricketer of the Year". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ntozakhe added to CSA womens' contracts". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 

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