“The individual’s success rely a lot on the team’s excellence,” he said.
The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week has produced many South African players, with Wiaan Mulder of Gauteng a recent addition. The tournament will be played in and around Gauteng.
Adams said Western Province has been successful in their warm-up games, losing only two T20 matches (against Maties and the Western Cape Academy) and winning six, while one match was abandoned due to rain.
“I have been with the U19 group from June and the winter was about knowing the players’ strengths and weaknesses. It has been a real good journey. I have seen a lot of growth,” Adams added.
“We have a good crop of spinners, including Daniel Moriarty, Sisonke Mazele, Josh Breed and Umar Anthony. I am hoping the spinners will squeeze opponents during the Coke week.
“We have worked on different game plans and good game structures,” he said.
“I am excited by the bowling attack and all the different options. Kyle Pluke can support the new-ball attack well and swings the ball.
Mpongwana is tall and is a good foil for the 17-year-old Ntini. While Ntini is the sole Western Province player to be selected for the South African World Cup squad, there are several other players with the skills to excel.
Mpongwana, who played for the South African Colts before, is one of those talented young stars.
Broad was the leading run-scorer for Western Province U17 the previous year and has still one year to go before he finishes matric.
The captain, Vermeulen, is another that has piled on the runs.
The Western Province U19 team contains seven players from Wynberg’ Boys High, four from Rondebosch and two from the Western Cape Sports School.
Ntini played in a recent series against Namibia and represented South Africa in four games, with 3-27 his best contribution.
Asked about Ntini’s back scare, Adams said the Cricket South Africa team has handled his recuperation and rehabilitation and he is set to represent Western Province at the Coke week, having played against Namibia already.
The opening fixture for Western Province is against KZN-Inland (Sunday), followed by Border (Monday) and the two T20 clashes against Easterns and South Western Districts on Tuesday.
“It will be a great honour to play at the Wanderers (as one of the two best teams). It will be very important for us as a unit to start well. Our success will also depend on how well we absorb and transfer pressure,” Adams said.
WP U19 A: Umar Anthony, Josh Breed, Justin Broad, Daniel da Costa, Grant Martin, Sisonke Mazele, Daniel Moriarty, Mihlali Mpongwana, Thando Ntini, Riaz Paleker, Kyle Pluke, Siyanda Ngxangane, Karl Vermeulen.