The spotlight of the local faithful following Western Province at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week in Gauteng from Sunday 17th December will not only be on a group of exciting spinners, but also on the new-ball attack of the South African U19 express, Thando Ntini, and Mihlali Mpongwana and the batting talent of Justin Broad and Karl Vermeulen.
Another emphatic victory for Western Province, this time by eight wickets against North West, saw the Cape side continue their winning and dominant ways on Day Four of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Girls under-19 Week in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Kyle Verreynne has received a vote of confidence to strike first-class centuries as an opener while also carrying the wicket-keeper gloves.
Salieg Nackerdien, Western Province coach, said he has seen Verreynne display a very good batting technique while facing a relative new ball at number three, and scoring a ninety at Newlands (98). He believes the former South African U19 player, who opened the batting at the World Cup for the national age-group team, has the ability to excel in that position when Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal clash from Thursday 14th December in Brackenfell.
At Victoria Park, Western Province produced strong back-to-back wins, beating Limpopo by 57 runs, followed by a 146-run drubbing of KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the afternoon.
A half-century by Alinda van der Merwe (51 off 53 balls), followed by 20s from Anri Grobbelaar (24) and Sarah Smith (20) took the Cape side to a competitive 133/4 at the end of their allotted overs after electing to bat first in the morning.
Christiaan Oberholzer of Northerns was the top-scorer of the day with an outstanding 132 but still ended on the losing side as the Momentum Under-15 Week drew to a close in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
The opener struck five sixes and 12 fours in his 112-ball innings, only for his effort to be trumped by Daniel Smith’s 104 that helped Western Province secure a 32-run win.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday, announced the 15-strong Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s squad to take part in the 12th edition of the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand from 13 January to 03 February 2018. The team will be captained by Free State’s Raynard van Tonder, who will lead the side for his third major tour.
Cape Town – Producing an extraordinary 37 runs in the final three overs of the crucial 2017 T20 Community Cup match against Kempton Park, set up Durbanville’s triumphant march to the national title as the Western Province club team continued their unbeaten run of 17 consecutive wins in the shortest format and 21 overall, said a proud Manny Senger, head coach of Durbanville.
Jason Smith has achieved much more the past week than score two half-centuries and capture a five-wicket haul in a Sunfoil Three-day Cup match for Western Province. He has also exorcised the ghosts of self-doubt that can plaque any star after a series of slightly disappointing performances.
Obuya Cricket Academy is set to host a high profile South African youth side, the Newlands High School select team in a tour that will take place from 1st to 12th December this year.
Zubayr Hamza’s hand injury will keep him out of the Western Province senior team for another week as the Derek Mitchell-led unit sets off for the clash against Eastern Province.