Cape Town: The SuperSport Park in Centurion unveiled a ‘Mignon du Preez Gates’ in honor of South Africa’s batswoman and Northern senior women’s player.
Du Preez, who started her career at Northern Cricket Union (NCU) 20 years ago, has scored nearly 5000 runs across both ODI and T20I formats. She has made 208 appearances, leading the side on 97 occasions.
“To be completely honest, I’m lost for words. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine something would be named in my honor and to have it at a stadium like SuperSport Park, that I’ve seen as my ‘home ground’ since I fell in love with cricket as a four-year-old, is truly special,” du Preez said.
“I wouldn’t be the person or player I’m today if it wasn’t for the Union, which provided me with the necessary opportunities to become a national player,” she added.
The middle-order batswoman’s performances at the highest level earned her contracts in the KIA Super League in England and Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League.
SuperSport Park Chief Executive Officer Jacques Faul said: “It’s the first time SuperSport Park has named a gate in honor of a player. It’s fitting that a gate should be named after Mignon.”
“She plied her trade at the Union and captained South Africa. She was one of the first professional female cricketers, a great player, an ambassador of the game and a wonderful person. SuperSport Park is privileged to honor her,” Faul added.