Koyana made the first strides as a young player at the Gugulethu Cricket Club and moved to the Tygerburg Cricket Club and his performances caught the eye of the Western Province selectors who inserted him against an MCC team.
Another milestone was his ton for a Western Province Academy team, which underlined his talent in a derby against Boland.
An 80 for Western Province Academy against the Surrey Academy contributed to the decision of the franchise to award him a semi-professional contract.
“I lost that contract because I was simply not scoring runs. It was a wake-up call to work harder and I requested Salieg Nackerdien to mentor me and look after my work loads.
“My wicket-keeping has improved with the assistance of Ezra Poole.
“I received a call-up for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, but I did not get the job done with the bat. I should have backed myself more because there is doubt creeping into your game when you are surrounded by players who are performing well. I must also bat at my own pace.
“Friday is my 25th birthday and I would like to celebrate it with a ton.”
Cohen captured 6-124 in the previous Sunfoil Three-Day Cup win against Northern Cape.
Asked about his form, he said Wayne Parnell assisted him with his wrist position, and his rhythm has also improved. “I have even swung the ball back into the right-hander, which is very positive,” he said.
Salieg Nackerdien, the coach, underlined how pivotal three-figure scores are as a batting unit. Only Zubayr Hamza has struck a hundred this season and that is something we are addressing.
Western Province is a team full of confidence after two successive Sunfoil Three-Day Cup wins.
The Western Province team: Matthew Kleinveldt, Matthew Goles, Zubayr Hamza (capt), Qaasim Adams, Jason Smith, Neo Mlumbi, Carlos Koyana, Dane Piedt, Michael Cohen, Justin Dill, Myolisi Fumba.