Adams, coach of Western Province, uses a football analogy to describe to the bowlers what he expects of them. He says, “If the strikers regularly land shots on target, they are most likely to score. The same applies to cricket.”
Dill is that type of bowler who consistently bowls on the right line and length and asks regular questions. “He has a consistent action and gets good bounce and carry,” Adams said.
What was impressive is that he bowled 43.2 overs in the match and took five of the first six wickets in the first innings, including the VKB Knights trio of Keegan Petersen, Grant Mokoena and Luthando Mnyanda.
“Sometimes bowlers want to bowl miracle balls. I say, be patient, be consistent and you will be rewarded. That is what Justin does,” Adams adds.
“It is sometimes difficult to keep the ball out of his hands. He gets good bounce and nips the ball both ways off the seam,” André Malan, the captain, says of Dill, who plays the dual role of work horse and thoroughbred for Western Province.
He is not afraid to put in the hard yards, and also possesses the X-factor to capture wickets.
On Saturday, Northern Cape were in a sound position on 277 for four, and imploded to 308 all out. Dill was the terminator, who nipped out four of the final five wickets in the second innings.
Dill has a good CV, as he is a former South African U19 player. He was a member of the team in 2014 that won the U19 World Cup in Dubai. Kagiso Rabada and Jason Smith were other members of that history-making unit.
He was the second most successful bowler in the South African U19 team in that tournament, taking 12 wickets. Only KG, with 14, captured more scalps.
Dill had to take his second five-wicket haul the hard way after he had received news that one of his friends had passed away on Saturday morning.
Dill suffered three injuries between 2015 and 2017 and had surgery on his right pectoral muscle in 2017 which were massive setbacks. “I am a positive kind of guy and I guess I’m just grateful and blessed to be able to play the game, especially the three-day game that can be hard on the body,” he adds.