Linde and Dawood are already shaping up as two possible match-winners for Western Province in the semi-professional competitions in the 2017/2018-season.
The 21-year-old leg-spinner Dawood nipped out 3-30 to restrict the Academy to 182 for nine in their first innings. The left-arm spinner Linde captured 3-17 in nine miserly overs. Givon Christian, with 76, stabilized the Academy innings.
The Western Province team struck 212 for nine in 60 overs in reply. Matthew Kleinveldt assembled 50 while Matthew Goles contributed 46.
“Matthew left the ball very well and played his typical attacking style. You could see he spent time during the winter in England. Ultimately, it was about the occupation of the crease. Conditions were low and slow but I am happy with the way the batsmen performed,” said Salieg Nackerdien, the Western Province coach.
Dawood finished with a career-best 13-159 in his previous first-class match, for Eastern Province, against Namibia in January 2017.
But in the off-season this year, the former South African schools player needed rehabilitation for a stress fracture in his back.
Upon his return, the wrist spinner showed that he has not lost any of the skills that made him such a match-winner in his previous first-class outing. “He used his stock delivery and the googly well and I was impressed with his control,” said Nackerdien.
Linde showed that his new, improved bowling action is reaping dividends.
The bowling all-rounder also operated with superb control.
“The action works for GF. He could adapt well in terms of his consistency and speed. His body position was very good and he bowled with confidence,” added Nackerdien.
Nackerdien also expressed his content with Renaldo Meyer’s pace and consistency.
The medium-pacer Justin Dill is struggling with a thigh injury. He won’t be fit for the opening Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match against Border at Buffalo Park in East London starting on Thursday 26th October.