Full name Ingrid van der Elst
Born May 4, 1955, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Current age 59 years 357 days
Major teams International XI Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|ODI debut||New Zealand Women v International XI Women at Auckland, Jan 12, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India Women v International XI Women at Christchurch, Feb 6, 1982 scorecard|
Ingrid van der Elst took up cricket when she was 11 years old and played for Holland. In 1983, she emigrated to New Zealand, played for Wellington, and was a member of the national squad from 1985-87. She has captained all the club sides she has played for and still plays, into her fifties. A bat she won as best allrounder of the Dutch women's league in 1979 is still in use. It has been around the world twice.
She was a national goalkeeper at hockey, a sport she played until ten years ago when a horse ran into the path of her car and caused an accident which led to a bruised spinal cord.
She has also been a sportswriter for many years: for the Dutch Press Agency ANP, for the Evening post and The Dominion while living in Wellington. Nowadays she is a freelance sports journalist for her local and regional newspapers, including working at the World Cup in 2007 for several Dutch newspapers.
Cricinfo staff November 2007
For New Zealand's wild child, there is probably no better place than county cricket right now