Former SA all-rounder Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie dies in a road accident

Former South Africa Women all-rounder Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie passed away in a road accident in Stilfontein, North West on Friday, 5 April.

“This is a shocking catastrophe in the genuine feeling of that word,” Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe said. “This is annihilating news for us all. Elriesa did as such much for the community in which she lived and gave magnificent service both as a national player of note and in the work she did at grassroots dimension to help in the less blessed communities.

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“On behalf of the CSA family, I stretch out our most profound compassion to her better half, Rudy, her family, companions and all her cricketing colleagues,” he added.

Theunissen-Fourie might have turned 26 on May 2 and also lost her child in the unfortunate incident. The Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the news on their official website.

The 25-year old, Theunissen-Fourie played three ODIs and one T20I for South Africa, all in 2013. She was also a part of South Africa’s squad for the Women’s World Cup in 2013, and made her ODI debut against Sri Lanka ladies in Cuttack. She played her last match for South Africa in a series against Bangladesh Women in that year. However, she played the domestic cricket till 2016. She was also part of a few Emerging Player tournaments.

The medium pacer, Theunissen-Fourie played for North West Dragons in the domestic cricket. She was known to be exceptionally dynamic at the grassroots level and coached at the community cricket until she picked a maternity leave for the birth of her first child.

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