Cricket sensation on a mission to break the mould

2019-04-03 06:01
Megan Fourie decked out in her cricket uniform.Photo:SUPPLIED

Megan Fourie decked out in her cricket uniform.Photo:SUPPLIED

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SHE may only be 14 years old, but this dynamic cricket player has never let a number stop her from doing what she loves.

Megan Fourie, a Grade 8 learner at DF Malherbe High School affectionately known as “Miggie”, started out as a mini-cricketer when she was just six and she has never looked back.

According to her father, Jonker, she loved going to St George’s Park to watch the Warriors, so she was keen to try out when she was old enough to play mini-cricket.

“At the stage when most girls stop playing when they go over to playing hard ball cricket at u/9, she continued to play.

“At u/11 she nearly gave up cricket because she wasn’t being given a chance to bowl or bat playing matches with the boys.

“That was when somebody suggested taking her to indoor cricket where she has excelled and really honed her skills to start standing out at outdoor cricket as well,” a proud Jonker said.

“She has always seen herself as a bowler but this year focused a bit more on her batting – also scoring her first 50 – to allow her to be an all-rounder. But bowling is still her favourite part of the game.”

Miggie’s parents are both very proud of her and her achievements.

“She literally eats, sleeps and breathes cricket, works really hard and knows what she wants to achieve. Between school cricket in the week, club cricket on weekends and indoor cricket in the evenings, it does take up a lot of time and costs a bit, as there are no sponsors for indoor cricket.

“But it is worth everything we put in seeing that she enjoys herself and is achieving her dreams and goals,” they said.

Asked about her greatest inspiration in cricket and in life, Miggie said, “David Miller, because he is always there for his teammates and never drops his head. He inspires me to be a good cricketer and never give up.

“He is a great batsman; he takes chances on the field by going for every catch even though he might not make it. He always tries his hardest on the field and that motivates me to do the same.”

Jonker added that she is also a fan of AB de Villiers and Morné Morkel, as well as Protea women’s captain Dané van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp.

The 14-year-old has an older brother, Dylan, who also attends DF Malherbe, and her favourite subject is technology. According to her, it’s “because we get to be creative when designing and building stuff.”

During the little free time she has, Miggie likes hanging out with her friends and playing netball in winter.

“When she’s at home, you can’t separate her from her tablet as she gets to chat to all the friends she makes from all over the country while on cricket tours,” Jonker added.

Some of Miggie’s greatest achievements in cricket include:

. Representing EP in indoor cricket for the first time in 2017; playing for the EP U/10 Warriors that took the gold medal at Junior Nationals;

. Being selected for the SA Junior Ladies’ team following the Junior Nationals;

. Captaining the EP U/12 Elephants indoor cricket team in 2018, which was the first all-girls team ever to participate at Junior Nationals;

. Being selected to the SA Junior Ladies’ team again and captaining the team on their tour through South Africa;

. Playing for the EP Open Ladies’ indoor cricket team where she was the baby in the team. They went on to win bronze at Senior Nationals;

. Being selected for the EP u/16 outdoor cricket team last year that played at the u/16 interprovincial tournament in Springs;

. Being selected to the EP U/12 Warriors team earlier this year to play in the upcoming Junior National Championships in Port Elizabeth; and

. Being chosen again for the team that will represent Eastern Province Indoor Cricket in the Open Ladies category during the 2019 Inter Provincial Championships taking place in Mpumalanga from June 23 to 29.

She was also part of the EP U/12 Warriors team that played in the South African Indoor Cricket Junior Nationals from March 24 to 30.

They made it to the finals, where they unfortunately lost to Gauteng North Titans.

Miggie walked away with a silver medal and a spot on the SA Junior Ladies’ team, getting her South African colours for the third year in a row.

She has made quite a name for herself on the cricket pitch, despite often playing on a team, and against a team, with members older than her.

According to Jonker, Miggie also played for the DF Malherbe first team for two years before she started high school.

She was awarded a merit scroll last year while she was still in primary school.

“She has been playing club cricket for Old Grey for two years now and was part of the team that won the T20 club championship earlier this year. She was one of six juniors in the side which shows how many young girls are coming through the ranks,” he said.

“As a father of a girl playing cricket, I just wish that women’s cricket would get more recognition. The Protea Women play mostly on smaller and less prominent fields, especially Potch, which means that cricketing girls in a place like PE never get to see their female idols play. Megan would love to see them play, but travelling cross country to do so is impossible.”

Miggie’s dream is to one day break the mould and play for the Proteas and in the WBBL.

“If she gets to achieve her dream of being a professional cricketer, then she would like to go on and become a coach or commentator.

“She hasn’t really thought much about doing something else after school, but says perhaps a sports physiotherapist,” Jonker said.

For now, she is working on making it to the Junior World Series in 2021.

“Megan’s motto is, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.’ It’s something that Southern Kings player Brandon Brown told her.”

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