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AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:02 PM
A test score of 74 at the age of 14 is quite a feat i'd say!




Hodgkinson retains captaincy

South Africa announce World Cup squad

Jenny Thompson

January 24, 2005



South Africa have announced their World Cup squad for the forthcoming tournament in March and April in South Africa. Alison Hodgkinson retains the captaincy and, as expected, their rising star, the 15-year-old Johmari Logtenberg, also earns a place.

There are three changes to the 16-player squad who played two warm-up matches against Under-17 boys' sides at the weekend. Hanri Strydom, Yulande van der Merwe, Sunette Viljoen did not make the final squad, while Tamara Reeves - omitted from the warm-up squad - has been drafted in, and Susan Benade has been placed on standby for Magdaleen Terblanche, whose participation is subject to her passing a fitness test before 01 March 2005.

South Africa reached the semi-final in the last World Cup in New Zealand in 2000 and lost their last ODI home series 4-1 to England but, as hosts, they will fancy themselves as lively outsiders behind Australia and the holders New Zealand.

Their coach, Stephen Jones, was upbeat about South Africa's chances. "No doubt home advantage will play a factor," Jones told a media conference on Monday. "We know the wickets, and on tour you have to take other factors into account: food and water and so on. One good thing is that we've not got the huge expectations of the men's side. There are 15000 in the ground, but hopefully, we'll have only 10000!"

"Hopefully we'll have 14 stars, but any cricket team a nucleus of four or five, six players. We have that nucleus, can compete with anyone," he added.

He expected Logtenberg to play another starring role. Logtenberg, who plays for Kwa-Zulu Natal, burst on to the international scene in 2003 when, aged 14, she struck 74 on her Test debut against England. Her one-day form is pretty good, too. She has hit scores of 61, 67 and 76 in her first eight matches.

"She's a young girl, but hugely talented," Jones said. "The last thing I want to do is put any pressure on her, or expectation. But if she can play and have a lot of fun and enjoyment, at 25 you still have to enjoy the game, never mind at 15."

"I have no doubt she will have a really good tournament - but I can't say that South Africa relies just on Logtenberg. She is one of the team but, if looked after by the rest of them, then no doubt she will have a good tournament."

Louise Vorster, the president of SAWCA, was in equally positive mood. "Although the players are relatively young it is a well balanced squad," she said. "They have prepared well and spent time together over the last three months. We are confident that Stephen Jones and the squad will do our nation proud during their campaign."

Squad Alison Hodgkinson (capt), Cri-Zelda Brits, Lonelle de Beer, Shandre Fritz, Ashlyn Kilowan, Johmari Logtenberg, Nolubabalo Ndzundzu, Shafeeqa Pillay, Alicia Smith, Tamara Reeves, Angelique Taai, Claire Terblanche, Daleen Terblanche, Charlize van der Westhuizen.




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AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:02 PM
that too on debut

AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:07 PM
SA's top women cricketers in World Cup squad

January 24 2005 at 07:42PM

Four veterans of the 2000 World Cup in New Zealand - Alison Hodgkinson, Cri-Zelda Brits, Nolubabalo Ndzundzu and Magdaleen Terblanche - were included in the 14-member squad announced on Monday for the eighth Women's Cricket World Cup to be played in South Africa from March 18 to April 10.

Convenor of selectors Goolam Jaffer said that although the members of the squad were comparatively young, many of them had international experience.

"There are 147 international caps in the squad, which means they may be young in years, but in terms of experience, they were not as young as their age might suggest. The average age is just under 23."

Teenage sensation Johmari Logtenberg, who turns 16 in February, was also included in the squad. Jaffer said she was probably the most talented woman player of her age in the world. "We want to handle her carefully, and not put too much pressure on her, but she's very strong, and has a very good support system. Ironically, she's the youngest in the side, but she's one of our veterans."

Team coach Stephen Jones said Logtenberg was a hugely talented young player, but he did not want to burden her with unrealistic expectations. "I think if she can go in and play as we know how she can play, and she has a lot of fun, I've no doubt that she can have a really good tournament. But we can't say that South Africa relies on her - she's one of the team."

He said South Africa had the five or six players that could form the nucleus of any good team. "If those players produce, and the others play around them, we should have a good tournament."

Jones said he would be very disappointed if South Africa failed to make the semifinals, or even improve on that. He said he thought home advantage would be very important, particularly as the women's teams did not have as much touring experience as the men. "One very good thing is that we won't have the burden of the huge expectations that the men had to deal with."

The other countries taking part in the Women's World Cup are defending champions New Zealand, Australia, England, India, Ireland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

South African squad: Alison Hodgkinson (Western Province, capt), Cri-Zelda Brits (Northerns, vice-capt), Lonelle de Beer (Northerns), Shandre Fritz (Western Province), Ashlyn Kilowan (Western Province), Johmari Logtenberg (Kwazulu-Natal), Nolubabalo Ndzundzu (Border), Shafeeqa Pillay (Eastern Province), Tamara Reeves (Gauteng), Alicia Smith (Boland), Angelique Taai (Border), Claire Terblanche (Eastern Province), Magdaleen Terblanche (Gauteng), Charlize van der Westhuizen (Northerns). - Sapa


source: iol.co.za

AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:19 PM
Schoolgirl hooked on cricket

By Scott Heinrich
BBC Sport at Chelmsford



Logtenberg has taken to senior cricket like a duck to water

Johmari Logtenberg isn't your average teenager.

Not every 14-year-old gets to take a month off from school mid-term - but then again not every 14-year-old plays Test cricket.

Logtenberg became the youngest Test debutant of all time last week when, 199 days shy of her 15th birthday, South Africa picked her for the first Test against England.

The occasion should have been enough to make a young girl cower in awe, but Logtenberg isn't cut from ordinary cloth.

Coming in at number five with her side struggling on 57-3, Logtenberg showed maturity beyond her years to fire a 235-ball 74 which helped to ultimately deny England victory.

"I didn't know what to expect or how competitive it would be," Logtenberg told the BBC Sport Website.

"I found it very challenging and just went out there and played every ball on its merit.

"It went off great for me and I hope I can keep it up for the rest of tour."


I want to make cricket my life

Johmari Logtenberg

South Africa's coach Raymond Booi, who identified a 12-year-old Makhaya Ntini as a future Test cricketer, calls Logtenberg an "unbelievable talent".

"I'm telling you, when I first saw her play I had no idea how young she was," he said.

"I could see she was a fine player and kept watching her, and she just hit the ball so sweetly.

"She plays very straight and almost exclusively through the V - she has a brilliant technique."

And that's just her batting. Fans of South African cricket will be pleased to know Logtenberg considers herself an all-rounder.

It was from an instant attraction to all things cricket as a toddler in Pretoria that made her want to pick up bat and ball with equal gusto.


Logtenberg made her one-day debut against England at Chelmsford

"I always watched cricket on television when I was growing up and every Sunday my Father would play cricket with me just to stop me nagging him," she confessed.

"I don't have any brothers - just one sister who isn't really interested in sport - so he had no choice."

When the chance to play for her school presented itself, Logtenberg jumped at it.

"My school had a mini-cricket side and I played with the boys for three years.

"Then my family moved and I started playing in another boys' team in my new town on the coast.

"One match last year, a local newspaper did a story on one of our games and published a photo of me playing with the boys.

"It happened that the town's senior women's coach saw the article, contacted my father and told him I must come and practice with them.

"So I started practicing with the team, got selected and played in a tournament against other women's teams.

"I played in the tournament again this year and it was then that I got chosen to play for South Africa."

Logtenberg has not looked back, and at just 14 it seems she has already met her destiny.

"I know that school is important, but if I can I want to make cricket my life because I enjoy it so much.

"Cricket teaches you different things that you can carry over into your life, things like patience and self-control.

"Once you are bitten by the cricket bug, you are hooked forever."


--Source: BBC sport

AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:26 PM
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39457000/jpg/_39457877_logtenberg270.jpg

AsifTheManRahman
February 3, 2005, 04:41 PM
Youngest Cricket Test Player
The youngest Test player ever is Hasan Raza (Pakistan) who made his debut, aged 14 years 227 days, against Zimbabwe at Faisalabad, Pakistan on 24 October 1996.
Born 11 March 1982 in Karachi, like other Pakistani cricketers Raza was given test match experience very early. The right-handed batsmen has played for Pakistan Customs, Habib Bank Limited, Karachi Cricket Association, and Pakistan.


Source - <a href = "http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=55649">chaap maren</a>

Tintin
February 3, 2005, 09:18 PM
>> Logtenberg became the youngest Test debutant of all time last week when, 199 days shy of her 15th birthday, South Africa picked her for the first Test against England.

Not even close to the record.

Sajjida Shah was 12 year old when she made her Test and one day debut Pakistan in 2000.

http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/17/17355/17355.html

bourny3
February 5, 2005, 01:16 AM
What has happened to Hasan Raza he would only be 23 or 24 now. He has just vanished. This girl is quite awesome isnt she.

AsifTheManRahman
April 4, 2005, 10:51 AM
Originally posted by Tintin
>> Logtenberg became the youngest Test debutant of all time last week when, 199 days shy of her 15th birthday, South Africa picked her for the first Test against England.

Not even close to the record.

Sajjida Shah was 12 year old when she made her Test and one day debut Pakistan in 2000.

http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/17/17355/17355.html

yes but considering the long history of age issues with her fellow countrymen, you might wanna add a few to that ;)

Shehwar
April 4, 2005, 12:42 PM
Hey! Shez kinda cute...:heart:

Spitfire_x86
April 4, 2005, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by bourny3
What has happened to Hasan Raza he would only be 23 or 24 now. He has just vanished. This girl is quite awesome isnt she.
Wasn't Hasan Raja cheating about age?

Shehwar
April 5, 2005, 12:39 AM
And where exactly did u get that bit of info ?

Carte Blanche
April 5, 2005, 01:03 AM
Originally posted by Shehwar
Hey! Shez kinda cute...:heart:

She's 14 man, lower your eyes :P

Spitfire_x86
April 5, 2005, 01:08 AM
Originally posted by Shehwar
And where exactly did u get that bit of info ?
Age cheating and Pakistan/BD are very close relatives

Shehwar
April 5, 2005, 01:08 AM
Well...thats the general feeling in sub-continent....but thats how the record goes...unless someone has clearcut evidence.....the record shud not be challenged....I remember Ashraul's record as youngest centurian was questioned time and again which is absolutely unfair.....

Edited on, April 5, 2005, 6:12 AM GMT, by Shehwar.

Shehwar
April 5, 2005, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by Carte Blanche
Originally posted by Shehwar
Hey! Shez kinda cute...:heart:

She's 14 man, lower your eyes :P

:D:P

James90
April 5, 2005, 03:45 AM
Charlize van der Westhuizen
Any relation to the great Minki?

Ovi Khan
April 7, 2005, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by Shehwar
Hey! Shez kinda cute...:heart:
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ?

Shehwar
April 8, 2005, 04:16 AM
Bohot kuch hota hai yaar...