Western Province Cricket Association and Western Cape Cricket leaders have hailed the appointment of Beresford Williams, president of the Western Province Cricket Association, as new vice-president of Cricket South Africa.
Western Province are not licking their wounds after the loss against KwaZulu-Natal, but are blooding some young players and are keen to improve their batting to set up a possible win against Gauteng at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Ninety six players were ‘bought with CPL currency’ at the auction on the launch evening of the inaugural Punit Balan Cape Premier League (CPL), and two players, Brendan Young (Knysna Falcons) and Jonathan Bird (District Sixers) fetched prices of R700 000 and more.
Five Western Cape players, Jonathan Bird, Siya Plaatjie, Bonga Makaka (all Western Province), Ruan Terblanche and Achille Cloete (both Boland), were selected for the South African U19 team to tour India after the recent South African Cubs week.
The 17-year-old Jonathan Bird will make his first-class debut for the Western Province senior side against KwaZulu-Natal in Chatsworth as the visitors look to apply the basics of a top-order-dominated first innings well.
Qaasim Adams, former player of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, has been temporarily suspended for twelve playing days from semi-professional cricket as he was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following an incident on the evening of the second day of a recent match between Western Province and South Western Districts.
A world-class grounds curator who transformed the PPC Newlands nets, outfield and pitches to be the best in the country, is how the players and management of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras paid tribute to the decorated Evan Flint, who announced after Christmas that he is leaving PPC Newlands to become the grounds curator of the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium from 1st February 2018.
Jonathan Bird, Lehan Botha, Jordan Woolf, Bonga Makaka and Thando Ntini – these are the Western Province players with the X-factor who can be match-winners in the Coca-Cola U19 Khaya Majola tournament starting on Sunday 16th December and finishing on Thursday 20th December in Cape Town, said Gurshwin Rabie, coach of the team.
The Western Province Twenty/20 club champion, Durbanville Cricket Club, spearheaded by André Malan and Kuda Samunderu, romped to eight-wicket wins in both qualifying matches of the regional Western Cape Twenty/20 play-offs.
Western Province let it slip against South Western Districts through two silly run-outs and by not building sustained pressure for long periods with the ball, said a disappointed Paul Adams about the 147-run loss in the CSA 3-Day Cup this past weekend.