Western Province have an outside chance of leapfrogging Northerns, the log leaders in the CSA Three-Day Provincial series, but they will have to beat Northerns and also win their final game in comprehensive fashion, and they will have to deny Northerns batting and bowling bonus points, if they are to stage a miraculous fightback in the senior provincial first-class division B.
The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) on Tuesday mourned the passing of former president of the WP Umpires Association, David Jantjies.
The technical drills he performed with Paul Adams during the week before the CSA One-Day Provincial series did wonders and Junaid Dawood reminded the selectors of his prowess when he captured 4-25 in 6.4 overs for Western Province against Boland and wrapped up the innings as Boland was dismissed for a paltry 151. Province struck 152 for 5 and romped to a five-wicket win in the One Day clash on Sunday.
The substantial first-innings lead and the partnerships of the attack, were critical factors in the seven-wicket win for Western Province over North West in the CSA Three-Day Provincial Series, said WP coach Paul Adams.
Western Province Cricket Association and Western Cape Cricket leaders have hailed the appointment of Beresford Williams, president of the Western Province Cricket Association, as new vice-president of Cricket South Africa.
Western Province are not licking their wounds after the loss against KwaZulu-Natal, but are blooding some young players and are keen to improve their batting to set up a possible win against Gauteng at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Ninety six players were ‘bought with CPL currency’ at the auction on the launch evening of the inaugural Punit Balan Cape Premier League (CPL), and two players, Brendan Young (Knysna Falcons) and Jonathan Bird (District Sixers) fetched prices of R700 000 and more.
Five Western Cape players, Jonathan Bird, Siya Plaatjie, Bonga Makaka (all Western Province), Ruan Terblanche and Achille Cloete (both Boland), were selected for the South African U19 team to tour India after the recent South African Cubs week.
The 17-year-old Jonathan Bird will make his first-class debut for the Western Province senior side against KwaZulu-Natal in Chatsworth as the visitors look to apply the basics of a top-order-dominated first innings well.
Qaasim Adams, former player of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, has been temporarily suspended for twelve playing days from semi-professional cricket as he was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following an incident on the evening of the second day of a recent match between Western Province and South Western Districts.