Albert van der Merwe

Albert van der Merwe (born 1 June 1979) is a South African-born Irish cricketer. Van der Merwe is right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break and who played international cricket for Ireland. He was born in Bellville, Cape Province. He was educated at Huguenot High School, Wellington, Cape Province. Van der Merwe captained the North West University (Pukke) (formerly known as Potchefstroomse Universiteit) to their maiden SA University title in 2001. He was also part of the 2001 side that won the South African National Club Championships. Van der Merwe has played cricket for Irish club sides Derriaghy, The Hills and YMCA CC. Van der Merwe announced his retirement from international cricket in 2013. He is currently head coach of Leinster Lightning, one of 3 interprovincial teams in the Irish Domestic First Class set up.

Albert van der Merwe
Personal information
Full nameAlbert van der Merwe
Born (1979-06-01) 1 June 1979 (age 42)
Bellville, Cape Province,
South Africa
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 36)9 July 2010 v Netherlands
Last ODI20 September 2011 v Canada
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 9 7 14
Runs scored 15 42 31
Batting average 3.75 10.50 5.16
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 237* 20 8
Balls bowled 432 837 605
Wickets 11 28 12
Bowling average 29.36 15.35 39.50
5 wickets in innings 1 3 1
10 wickets in match n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 5/49 6/27 5/49
Catches/stumpings 1/– 5/– 3/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 May 2013

Van der Merwe made his List-A debut for Ireland against West Indies A during their tour of Ireland, where he played both matches against the tourists.[1]

Van der Merwe was a member of Ireland's 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One winning squad. During the tournament, he made his One Day International debut against the Netherlands.[2]

Van der Merwe was selected in Ireland's 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup,[3] but did not play in the tournament. In January 2012 Cricket Ireland increased the number of player contracts to 23 across three categories, and van der Merwe was given a category C contract.[4]

In April 2019, Cricket Ireland appointed him as the Talent Pathway Manager and Coach of the national team.[5]


  1. ^ List A Matches played by Albert van der Merwe
  2. ^ "One-Day International Matches played by Albert van der Merwe". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  3. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (19 January 2011), Ireland pick Ed Joyce for World Cup, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-01-27
  4. ^ Hopps, David (24 January 2012), Ireland map out path to Tests, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-02-02
  5. ^ "Former Irish international van der Merwe appointed Talent Pathway Manager". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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