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.
Prolific opener Jack Newby is back in the Western Province team after a study-related three-year hiatus and has enjoyed a golden run for WP, averaging 67.50 in five first-class games. In his last three innings, he has scored 132*, 76 and 5*.
If he consistently puts in solid performances and controls the game like he did against Northern Cape, his name will pop up in selection meetings for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras when injuries occur, said Paul Adams about Western Province fast bowler Justin Dill.
The Western Province Cricket Association yesterday mourned the passing of Oswald Swift Mama, a founder member of the Langa cricket club and an outstanding versatile sportsman who represented Western Province’s black African teams in both cricket and rugby. Mama was 83.
Former Cape Cobras and Western Province stalwart, Andrew Puttick, has been appointed as a batting consultant for the Western Province Cricket Association. Puttick will invest his 20 years’ experience at first-class level into developing stars from Western Province who can represent South Africa.
Paul Adams is backing his senior batsmen and all-rounders to amass big scores, while he is confident he possesses the variety and depth in his bowling attack to defeat Easterns when Western Province kick off their Three-Day Cup competition at PPC Newlands on Thursday.
Dieter Swanepoel has been promoted to the position of Western Province senior provincial assistant coach, while Gurshwin Rabie will take care of the WP Provincial Academy and also serve as provincial U19 boys head coach
According to head coach Paul Adams, a lack of experience and a few games in which the Western Province side finished 15 to 20 runs short with the bat, were at the heart of their demise during this past weekend’s 2018 Africa T20 Cup round-robin action in Pietermaritzburg.