Teenager Nosipho Vezi Is South Africa’s Hottest Girl Cricket Talent. In this Q and A interview in the series ‘South Africa’s Sportsgirl Talent In Conversation With Cheryl Roberts’, 18 year old Nosipho Vezi tells us about her participation in cricket.

6 Jan


Nosipho Vezi’s cricket talent could have been missed altogether if she attended a school or stayed in a community that didn’t offer girls opportunities to play cricket.
But after moving from Durban to the Transkei to start high school, it was at school in Mthatha that 13 year old Nsipho got the chance to play cricket, after her grade 8 teacher introduced girls cricket at the school. Then it was off to play at the cricket stadium Khaya Majola, home base of Kei cricket and named after the legendary anti-apartheid cricketer, Khaya Majola. Through the ranks surfaced girl cricketer Nosipho Vezi, who later moved to Cape Town to stay with her mother and finish high school at ID Mkhize HS in Guguletu.
Nosipho continued playing cricket and immediately joined Guguletu CC. Of course, her cricket talent couldn’t go unnoticed and soon Western Province women’s cricket had the school girl Nosipho selected into the WP senior women’s cricket squad. She was just 17 years old.
In just her second season of senior women’s cricket, 18 year old Nosipho was on fire with the ball, taking two five wicket hauls and 4 wickets in just three 50 overs inter-provincial matches played for WP in the first round of the 2019/2020 interprovincial 50 overs competition.
I’m marvelling at this talent that is Nosipho Vezi. I saw her on debut for WP, over a year ago. And now see her taking the wickets.

Q: How have you been enjoying the 2019/2020 season?
Nosipho Vezi: It has been a great improvement on my bowling. Now I am confident and happy with my bowling.

Q: Your bowling figures are amazing. Two five wicket hauls in 3 50 overs matches. Wow! Did you have any idea you would be getting these wickets in the first half of the season?
Nosipho Vezi: No, not at all.

Q: How did you start playing cricket?
Nosipho Vezi: My grade 8 teacher in Mthatha introduced girls cricket and I was so surprised because in Durban where I was born and went to primary school, “ladies cricket” did not exist at all. So I only watched cricket when boys played. But then I started playing cricket at Khaya Majola stadium in Mthatha. I started playing mini cricket.

Q: How often do you practice? Do you put in long hours in the nets?
Nosipho Vezi: No. I honestly do not put in long hours. I mostly take a jog 3 times a week and have a season with my team four times a week.

Q: You’ve completed matric. What are you doing post-matric?
Nosipho Vezi: I did a first year course at UWC in 2019. I am going to start a BA degree at UWC, this year.

Q: You surely have international ambitions. How soon do you want to be playing for SA?
Nosipho Vezi: To be honest, I am looking forward to be playing for SA women proteas after finishing my honours degree. That’s in about four year’s time. Maybe sooner, if the selectors think I’m ready for international play.

Q: Who are your most admired cricketers?
Nosipho Vezi: SA international Shabnim Ismail and Western Province Player Lindelwa Nadia Mbokotwana.

Q: Your cricket goals for 2020 and beyond? Where would you like to be with your cricket in 2015?
Nosipho Vezi: I would like to see myself playing for SA and improve my batting skills mostly.

Q: What makes you happy playing cricket?
Nosipho Vezi: What makes me happy when playing cricket? (smiles). Cricket brings us as South Africans together and we all respect one another at all times.

Q: Would you like to play pro cricket outside SA?
Nosipho Vezi: Definitely, that would be a dream come true.

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