Full name Maurits Willem Albert van Nierop
Born May 11, 1983, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Died September 24, 2008, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa (aged 25 years 136 days)
Major teams Netherlands, VRA Cricket
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||Bermuda v Netherlands at Potchefstroom, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Canada v Netherlands at Benoni, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Netherlands v Ireland at Deventer, Jul 13-15, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Canada v Netherlands at Pretoria, Dec 5-7, 2006 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Canada v Netherlands at Benoni, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 15*||Netherlands||v Canada||Pretoria||5 Dec 2006||FC|
|4||Netherlands||v Canada||Benoni||1 Dec 2006||ODI # 2455|
|31*||Netherlands||v Bermuda||Potchefstroom||28 Nov 2006||ODI # 2451|
|60||Neth A||v Pakistan A||Abu Dhabi||1 May 2006||LA|
|32||Neth A||v Sri Lanka A||Abu Dhabi||29 Apr 2006||LA|
|0||Neth A||v Pakistan A||Abu Dhabi||25 Apr 2006||LA|
|0||Neth A||v India A||Abu Dhabi||23 Apr 2006||LA|
Maurits van Nierop was spotted as a promising talent at an early age, and that was underlined when he became the first player from the Netherlands to be taken onto the MCC groundstaff as one of their Young Cricketers in 2001.
A top-order batsman, he played for various national age groups, captaining the Under-23s, and made his first-class debut for Netherlands in 2004, scoring 38 and 41 against Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup, going on to play in a further three games between then and 2006. He also made two ODI appearances in 2006-07.
His selection was restricted because he had moved back to South Africa in 2006 where he had continued to play club cricket. He had only just been named in Netherlands' winter training squad for 2008-09 when he was found dead in a Cape Town street.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?