Mariska Kornet is the Former Netherland’s National Cricket Player whose career for the Dutch National Side spanned from 2010 to 2013. Kornet made her international debut in the year 2010. Kornet’s family share a long bond with Cricket and is still involved with Cricket, where her dad plays for the veterans and mom retired in her 40’s. Cricket came naturally to her and was exposed with games quite early. Currently Mariska stays in Australia to continue with her non-cricket profession and has joined Coburg Cricket Club, to keep her Cricket going. Having met a lot of amazing people through Cricket is something that she had enjoyed the most and would always cherish.
1. Tell us about yourself?
Full Name : Mariska Kornet
Date of Birth : 04/03/1988
Playing Role : Openings bowler
Batting Style : RH, 6-8, front foot drive
Bowling Style : RA, Fast bowler, Outswing
Country : The Netherlands
2. What age did you start playing Cricket? How did you get in touch with the game?
Very young! Started as a five or six year old. My family has always been involved with Cricket, my parents both played the game and so I grew up around the field every Saturday and Sunday in summer. It all started in the 70’s I think, my dad and his brothers were all playing cricket and my grand dad was the chairman of the cricket club. When the brothers met their girlfriends in their teenage years, they also started playing cricket and created a women’s team for the club to join competition. My family is still very involved with cricket in the Netherlands, my dad currently plays for the veterans and my mum retired somewhere in her 40’s.
3. Who were your cricketing heroes whilst growing up?
Unfortunately, cricket doesn’t get enough attention in the Dutch media and we have limited access to follow overseas competition or international tournaments. But Brett Lee was my favourite I would say.
4. Was your family supportive when you started off with Cricket? Was it ever hard for you to convince them?
Yes, it was almost impossible not to play cricket with so much exposure to the game from a very young age. Very annoying sometimes, those Sunday evening dinner discussions about the game, because your parents always knew it better! Or even worse, were coaching your game! haha :)
5. What do you enjoy the most on the field? Is it lofting the ball over boundaries, or breaking stumps or fielding?
Fielding is one of the best parts of the game as a player. Spending 2.5 hours with your best friends, having a laugh, supporting each other and working together to get your opponent out early. I also have some horror stories about fielding though… I remember a game with the Dutch national team against the West Indies in 2010 were we learned some fielding lessons. The West Indies broke that day 3 different world records with their batting figures.
6. If not Cricket, where else would you have landed up in your Career?
During the winters I play Handball, this is an European ball sport. I think I would have spent a lot more time on the beach in summer then I did now, without being on or around the cricket field every weekend.
7. Any major challenges that you faced all these years? How do you feel can those challenges be addressed?
Sure, cricket can be a very tough mental game… Bowling with the new ball can be hard. If you are not confident enough to bowl with the new ball, it is easier to come in later. Before I bowl my first ball I always try to get use to the ball a bit, bowl a few times to mid-off and play with the ball before you run in and bowl. Also, if you do bowl with a new ball it is your own responsibility to have a brand new ball in your bag to use in trainings. If you bowl early in the game why would you train with an old ball?
8. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Good question! I’m since 3 months in Australia and recently joined Coburg Cricket Club, our goal is to become division champions this season. Due to work commitments I am not available for the Dutch team the next world cup qualifier. When my life is a bit more settled here in Australia or somewhere else in the world I would love to play another big tournament for the Dutch team. In the mean time I still want to improve individual as a cricketer and a coach. Last year I won the individual bowling Award for Most wickets in the competition in Auckland New Zealand and became first in the district tournament with the North Harbour girls under 15. It is awesome to be rewarded with awards and finals after a lot of training!
9. What would be that one goal of your life to achieve as a Cricketer?
My greatest goal or reward would be to finally qualify for a World Cup with the national Dutch team and have to opportunity to compete against England, Australia and New Zealand.
10. Which do you feel has been the biggest highlight of your sporting career so far? Any achievements or rewards that you cherish the most.
The biggest highlight is that the game has brought me in touch with so many amazing people around the world. It has also been a privilege to have played on so many beautiful grounds and in stadiums during the international tournaments in Bangladesh and South Africa.
11. There are a lot of men’s T20 leagues like the IPL, CPL, BPL, the Big Bash, etc which have been very successful recently. Do you think there is a need for a similar league for women?
Australia has a similar concept with a T20 Women’s League where the teams have budget to pay players. Personally I think there aren’t enough women playing cricket on a very competitive level to create some sort of league. My personal opinion is to invest more money in cricket development and attract young talent with transferable skills from other sports.
12. What do you feel is the future of Women's Cricket in your Country?
I haven’t played cricket in the Netherlands for the last three years, so I can’t give you a very objective opinion. However, I think it would be best if the focus would be on the development of girls and social cricket. The focus is now mainly on a small group that plays competitive, but that is not the only form of cricket. After my experience in New Zealand where I have been introduced to so many other forms of cricket, indoor, 8 a side or the Last Man Standing competition, I appreciate the form of cricket where you just have a laugh and fun with your mates. I think that if the board would introduce these social forms to public you would attractmore people.
13. Who would you credit most for your success and why?
My team mates from my club team Hermes DVS in the Netherlands. I’ve played with the same girls for almost 20 years and they always been my best friends in summer. We stayed together as a team for such a long time!
14. Your advice to the youngsters taking up Cricket as a career?
Enjoy and have fun! Some games or periods during a match can be boring, but it will bring you so much goodness in the long way if you just stick with your cricket!
15. One thing that you want us (Global Cricket Community) to do for the Cricket Community and why?
I think this initiative is very good to create more awareness that there is cricket in other parts of the world than only the A-list countries. Maybe you can also promote the supporters around the game such as the coaches, scorers and umpires? Without them no games and I am sure they will have some good stories to tell as well!