Last weekend, the South African dynamic duo of skipper Dane van Niekerk and strike bowler Marizanne Kapp got married in a private ceremony attended by their teammates Lizelle Lee and Chloe Tryon.
Since making their international debuts within days of each other, the two have been wreaking havoc upon their opposition. Between them, they have a total of 322 international wickets amassed in 163 matches. Kapp sits 4th on the ODI bowlers rankings and van Niekerk is at number 11. Those figures alone show how destructive the two are with the ball, which brings a particularly memorable match to mind. Remember that World Cup match of South Africa against the West Indies when van Niekerk finished with the incredible figures of 4-0? Well, in the same match, Kapp finished with the remarkable figures of 4-14 herself. Their combined contribution meant the West Indies were bowled out for under 50 runs!
But it’s not only with their bowling that van Niekerk and Kapp trouble their opponents with. Kapp is the number six ranked all-rounder and van Niekerk is the third ranked. Together, they have scored 5,498 international runs for their country. The two formed a partnership of 128 runs in the 2013 Women’s World Cup against Pakistan which still stands as the highest partnership for South Africa in a World Cup. Their contributions played a big hand in South Africa reaching the semi-finals of 2017’s World Cup, making it their most successful World Cup campaign.
After the World Cup, the two also participated in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, playing for the Sydney Sixers, helping them take home the trophy. Van Niekerk finished as the third leading wicket-taker, with 20 scalps at an average of 11.70, while Kapp topped the chart as the most economical bowler with and outstanding economy rate of 4.73.
The newly-weds are now set to return to England after a disappointing tour there to play for the Surrey Stars in the Kia Super League. They have a successful on-field partnership and Women’s CricZone wishes them an equally successful off-field one!