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.
Mission Langa, an initiative by the Western Province U15A and U17A team and their coach, Siya Sibiya, on Friday proved to be an unqualified success and boosted youth cricket in the region.
A substantial increase in the salaries of the contracted Momentum SA women’s players is on the cards, which will act as an incentive to players in the Western Province team to even improve on their excellent performances the past few years, said Beresford Williams, president of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).
“He is an extremely special cricketer. We have got to set the beast free. Let Michael bowl as quickly as he can,” said Siya Sibiya, interim head coach of the Western Province Academy in 2016/2017 and currently in charge of the Western Province U15 and U17 teams.
Attacking and defending the Vernon Philander way and being consistent for extensive periods was one of the lessons Western Province learned in their seven-wicket defeat in the derby against Boland at PPC Newlands this weekend, said Matthew Kleinveldt, a hero of the hosts in both the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match and the one-day provincial contest.
Forgetfulness can be a virtue of a humble cricketer. Most top players merely press the reset button, and continue to dominate the opposition. That is despite the fact that they might have hammered a century in their previous innings or taken a five-wicket haul.
Zubayr Hamza says he wants to lead Western Province towards a common goal while embracing the attacking brand of cricket that has made the Newlands-based team a past winner.
From one of the smallest of its kind in domestic cricket, seating 92 guests, to a mesmerizing capacity of 214 – now one of the biggest in South African cricket – is how Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association, described the transformation of the President’s Suite at PPC Newlands.
Society is failing its children in the warn-torn Manenberg where five gangs operate. There is limited resources available for learners. There is deep sense of evilness in the gangs, with some members even impregnating 10 women and claiming them for that gang for the future, warned Amelia September, chairperson of the Manenberg Women’s League Campaign.
Western Province were off the pace in their maiden first-class and one-day matches, but two talented young all-rounders, Dayyaan Galiem and GF Linde, have emerged with their reputations unscathed and assured the fans that the side is ready to bounce back.