Clinton du Preez, cricket services manager of WPCA, waxed lyrical about Mpongwana, saying, “he started out as a young 10 year-old in the Sunfoil Solomon Makhosana program and went on to represent the province in all the age-groups of Western Province. He also recently represented South African Universities after performing well for UWC at the USSA Week.
“Klein has been rewarded for his skill-set, continued hard work, commitment, patience within the provincial academy and has much to offer and has the potential of representing at higher levels. He had a stellar season with WPCC in the Premier League and significant contributions in the inaugural CPL,” adds Du Preez.
Justin Dill is unsurprisingly contracted once again after a stellar season in which he captured 34 wickets.
Qaasim Adams, who topped the batting list of averages in 2018/2019 with 76.28, was retained in the squad.
The two openers of Western Province, Matthew Kleinveldt and Jack Newby, will be re-united at the top of the order next season.
Kleinveldt was the leading run-scorer in both formats of the game last season, while Newby scored two centuries in the first-class arena.
André Malan led the team with distinction last season and finished with 622 runs, the second-most for Western Province.
“Isaac Dikgale struck four half-centuries in the three-day competition and he would be the first to admit that he needs to capitalise on those starts and convert one into three figures,” Paul Adams, senior provincial WP coach, mentioned.
“We have a good balance between youth and experience. Last season we played some really good cricket as a squad but we also missed opportunities that could have brought us into trophy contention. I am excited for this group of players and we should keep on growing talent in the Western Province,” said Adams.
Adams, in tandem with the provincial academy coach, Gurshwin Rabie, identified a list of players who will be added to the senior provincial squad to form part of the high performance winter group.
Givon Christian, Mujahid Toffar, Diego Du Plessis, Bonga Makaka and Luke Philander have been rewarded for their performances and consistency in the past season, whilst the inaugural CPL gave the coach the opportunity to add the likes of Liam Goodall and Tayo Walbrugh.
The school-going South African under 19 boys, Jonathan Bird, Siya Plaatjie and Imraan Philander will join the high performance program on their return and will be allowed flexibility within their matric year.
Rabie said the past season had been a very good reflection on the youth system and the pipeline at WPCA.
Through the course of the season numerous players excelled for the WPCA senior provincial and CSA U19 teams.
“We look forward to these players achieving even bigger things in the near future. With the opportunity provided to them by the WPCA senior provincial coach to form part of the squad, they certainly have a stepping stone from where they can launch their careers,” added Rabie.
The senior provincial squad for 2019/2020 is: Qaasim Adams, Junaid Dawood, Isaac Dikgale, Justin Dill, Matthew Kleinveldt, Carlos Koyana, André Malan, Mihlali Mpongwana, Jack Newby, Thando Ntini, Ryan Klein
The following players form part of the extended high performance group: Givon Christian, Mujahid Toffar, Diego Du Plessis, Bonga Makhakha, Luke Philander, Liam Goodall, Tayo Walbrugh, Jonathan Bird, Siya Plaatjie and Imraan Philander.