Njoloza produced a hat-trick in the emphatic win against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg in March 2015. He was so “forgetful”, while focusing on the next Dolphins batsman, that he was surprised when swamped by Justin Kemp and his other team-mates, congratulating him on his hat-trick.
Justin Ontong, senior batsman of the WSB Cape Cobras, expressed his admiration for Njoloza after his performance. He said the swing bowler possessed all the attributes of a good fast-medium swing bowler.
Njoloza was one of the senior bowlers of Western Province in the fairly successful campaign last season which was only terminated in the final pool game when Northerns overtook them at the summit.
Njoloza showed glimpses in 2016/2017, but the effects of a bad knee injury might still have lingered.
Lady Luck has not smiled on him. His knee was badly injured in the 2015/2016 season. He spent an off-season after that almost perennially on the physiotherapist’s bench to shrug off the injury.
“This season I had a full pain-free pre-season and the rhythm I had against Border, was the best I felt in a while,” he added.
GF Linde, left-arm spinner of Western Province, described Njoloza as Province’s premier bowler in the first-class defeat against Border a few weeks ago. He added that Njoloza could have taken a five-wicket haul with a bit of luck.
“I think I could have had five, I beat the bat with deliveries that almost swung too much, and had two unlucky leg-before-wicket going against me,” Njoloza said.
“I rely less on pace these days and much more on swing through the air as well as nip off the seam to get the job done,” he said. “My pace is more like between 130 and 132 km/h, but I use my skills and a surprise bouncer to take wickets.”
Njoloza idolized Wasim Akram when he grew up. In his teens, he also admired the skilful Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka.
“I have learned from these greats, but to me, it is about staying true to what works for Njoloza,” he added.
Njoloza said with a semi-professional contract sealed, he will use this as an incentive to put the numbers on the board. If he can do that regularly, a call-up to the WSB Cape Cobras might be possible.
An important characteristic of Njoloza’s play is his shrewd mind. Against Border, he immediately saw that the Border bowlers were using the kiss-the-turf-ploy and not the hit-the-wicket approach.
“I tried to emulate it and I think it was just a tad unlucky that things did not go my way,” he added.
Njoloza will spearhead Western Province against Boland (from 9th November) alongside Michael Cohen and Dayyaan Galiem in their Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match at PPC Newlands.