Salieg Nackerdien, Western Province coach, said he has seen Verreynne display a very good batting technique while facing a relative new ball at number three, and scoring a ninety at Newlands (98). He believes the former South African U19 player, who opened the batting at the World Cup for the national age-group team, has the ability to excel in that position when Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal clash from Thursday 14th December in Brackenfell.
Verreynne was the main individual contributor, scoring 87 in his only game for Western Province.
Nackerdien said he has expressed the importance at a team meeting that players must back their own game plans and not waver from it for a second.
“If we convert those sixties or seventies into big hundreds and at least two of our batsmen produce that feat, it will set up the game, as we will score at least 350 runs in the first innings.
“Unfortunately, we have not batted for more than two and a half sessions in any of our games, and that is where we seek an improvement.
“Almost every member of our top-six batsmen have struck centuries in first-class cricket. They have done it before,” Nackerdien said, as he backed the selected talented crop of players to break the drought in the match against KwaZulu-Natal.
It is an adage in cricket that if you bat for at least one session or face 200 balls, you will be close to a century, and Western Province is keen to live that dream.
Pieter Malan will open with Kyle Verreynne and will be keen to move closer to 1000 first-class runs for the season.
After scoring two centuries for World Sport Betting Cape Cobras against the Warriors, he has not quite found his touch with the blade while representing Western Province.
Yet, such is his class and defiant spirit that a century cannot be too far away.
Nackerdien expects a wicket that might turn at Brackenfell, while inconsistent bounce might also be a factor later in the match against KwaZulu-Natal.
Emmanuel Seberame, the talented off-spinner who was born and bred in Rwanda, and the leg-spinner Junaid Dawood, will have opportunity aplenty to excel in conditions that will suit them.
The coach emphasized the quality of all-rounders in the Western Province team, as Malan, Jason Smith and Dayyaan Galiem are all capable of taking five-wicket hauls while smashing half-centuries or tons.
The discipline of Malan was a revelation in the match against Eastern Province and he finished with a match-haul of 6-36, while Smith moved the ball appreciably when he took the new ball.
The Western Province squad is: Zubayr Hamza (capt), Pieter Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Jason Smith, Qaasim Adams, Dayyaan Galiem, Michael Loubser, Junaid Dawood, Tshepo Moreki, Mpilo Njoloza, Emmanuel Seberame, Michael Cohen, Luke Philander.