The Western Province team still has an academic chance of winning the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup, with 150.22 points, just more than 15 behind KwaZulu-Natal, but Kleinveldt is unperturbed about that, saying they have to win in order to give themselves a chance to eclipse KZN and qualify for the final.
The formula for success after a slow beginning is that the coach, Salieg Nackerdien has created a plan and goals for each individual and that included skills development.
They have created a winning culture and the team has cliqued through friendships on and off the field.
The team has improved their ability markedly to build partnerships and thereby built pressure on their opponents.
A highlight of the season is that 22 players have scored half-centuries. Defiance has been at the heart of their revival after a slow start that saw them lose their first two matches.
“We have developed a hard edge as a team. Personally the season has been a disappointment, but as a unit, the rebirth of Western Province has been remarkable,” says Kleinveldt.
A setback has been the loss of their fast bowler Michael Cohen who fractured his finger in his non-bowling hand and will not be travelling to Bloemfontein.
But Kleinveldt said Western Province has the depth in reserve strength and the ability to capture 20 wickets.
Mpilo Njoloza (15 wickets) and Dayyaan Galiem (17) are two of the senior bowlers that will have to stand up in the absence of Cohen. The 19-year-old Cohen has taken 26 wickets in the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup this season.
The Western Province team is: Qaasim Adams (capt), Matthew Kleinveldt, Jack Newby, Jason Smith, Neo Mlumbi, Dayyaan Galiem, GF Linde, Carlos Koyana, Justin Dill, Mpilo Njoloza, Renaldo Meyer, Myolisi Fumba, Matthew Goles.