Rising Alex girl cricketer heads for Cricket World Cup

Ntozakhe Raisibe perfectis her bowling technique at the Alex Cricket Oval ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales.

 

Rising Alex female cricketer, Ntozakhe Raisibe (20) of the Gauteng Women’s Cricket team continues to make waves in the cricketing world.

Raisibe, a bowler, leaves on Youth Day (16 June) for England with the South African Women’s Cricket team to take part in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Alex News at the Alexandra Cricket Club, Limpopo-born Raisibe said her wish was to bring the World Cup trophy home.

The diminutive Raisibe, who has come a long way from her days at Skeen Primary School as a football player, said her second wish was to beat all the world’s top cricketing nations such as Australia, England, India, New Zealand and the West Indies.

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“If you want to be champions, then you must beat the best,” she said. “My biggest wish is to beat all the giants of cricket and bring the trophy home. If I can be menacing in the games and take the crucial wickets and help my teammates win the matches, I will be most delighted and I think that will mark a turning point in my career.”

Raisibe hails from Mokopane but relocated to Alex with her mother to seek greener pastures following the death of her father. She vividly remembers how she connected with cricket while playing soccer and finally made the switch.

“I kept seeing these young men passing our soccer fields and going down the slope to the other side, and not knowing what happens there. One day I decided to ask my soccer coach and I learnt they were players like me but specialising in the game of cricket.

“I then jokingly told him that I would like to take my chance too in cricket, as I was so fascinated by the huge bags they always carried with them. I then made the big switch after a visit there and falling in love with the sport.

“Since that fateful day as a Grade 1 pupil at Skeen, which by the way is a keen cricketing school as well, I have never looked back and I don’t just play cricket but I love it.”

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When she started playing cricket at the Alexandra Cricket Club, Raisibe played with the boys as there was no girls team. But when her talent was discovered, she was asked by the Gauteng Cricket Board to join the Kagiso Cricket Club which has a girls team. Raisibe captains the team which she has been a part of for the past four years but she still plays with the Alex boys in the Sunday Cricket League.

Soon after completing her matric at Minerva Secondary School, Raisibe was engaged by the Gauteng Cricket Board to coach their U13 girls’ team in Alex.

Her ambition is to coach other girls in the township to play cricket, so one day they can be like her and maybe achieve even more than she has done so far.

Details: Ntozakhe Raisibe 060 647 3865; raisibentozakhe@gmail.com

Wish Ntozakhe Raisibe well in the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. Tweet @AlexNewsZA to share your wishes

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Sipho Siso

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