During the WP innings, Qaasim Adams played a superb knock, scoring 108 just after he had fully recovered from a broken hand.
“It took me half an hour to find the rhythm with the bat,” Adams said.
“It was a wicket that turned all day and because it was dry, the ball could reverse swing quite early,” he added.
Jean du Plessis, 19-year-old batsman of SWD, struck an unbeaten 116 which set up a sizable total in the second innings and the scoreboard pressure impacted WP adversely.
The biggest problem for Western Province is that they lost wickets in clusters, which resulted in them being bowled out for 172 in the second innings. There were also two run-outs and that was “criminal”, said Adams.
Qaasim Adams struck 45 in the second innings, while André Malan contributed 43, but the rest of the batting line-up failed at the Recreation Oval in Oudtshoorn.
“When we bowled, Justin Dill and Mpilo Njoloza were the pick of the attack, but the rest of the attack did not stand up, relieved the pressure and we allowed them to score 328 for three (declared),” coach Adams said.
Qaasim Adams praised Andrew Puttick, the batting coach, for his impact in playing spin. It was small things that he did which had an impact, like watching the ball.
“I applied myself well. It is a type of wicket on which it was tough to get in. We would forge partnerships and then lose wickets in clusters and that was our undoing,” the batting hero said.
“But we have enough games left to restore things. We have struck four centuries in the past three first-class games,” Qaasim Adams said.
Paul Adams was not despondent after the loss as Province played well against Easterns and Northern Cape in their first two matches. “We still have seven games and we have to regain our momentum nice and early,” he said.