Western Province will meet Border in the first Sunfoil Three Day Cup match of the 2017/2018 season from 26th October at Buffalo Park in East London in their quest to win an elusive title that slipped out of their grasp in the final round of three-day matches last season.
“I do think we possess a bowling attack with so much variety that if they exercise their skills well, they can capture 20 wickets consistently,” said Salieg Nackerdien, the coach.
“Last season, we battled to nip out 20 wickets.
“On one occasion, at Kingsmead, Travis Muller broke down and three bowlers had to share the load. At that stage we were in a winning position, but the burden was just too much for three men,” he added.
The Western Province team will be served this season by a talented leg-spinner, Junaid Dawood, Cobras seam bowler Dayyaan Galiem, Njoloza, and Matthew Kleinveldt.
He is the opening batsman and useful off-spinner who can break stubborn partnerships.
Nackerdien is a tad concerned about the losses to his WP team to the WSB Cape Cobras, although he is understandably happy that they have been promoted.
"We have lost Michael Cohen, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Travis (to New Zealand), Pieter Malan, Kyle Verreynne and Dayyaan (to the Cobras),” said the coach.
But he is still optimistic that his top seven specialists can each strike centuries in first-class matches.
It includes Michael Loubser who plied his trade successfully with Boland, and Taariq Chiecktey.
The latter was recently in excellent form for the University of Cape Town at the University Sport South Africa cricket week. He was selected for the national university squad.
Kleinveldt and Cobras’ Qaasim Adams are two talismanic figures who can start for Western Province and have the qualities to score big centuries when the first-class season starts on 26th October against Border.
But it is the bowling attack that can really turn heads.
Dawood possesses the googly and slider and can get among the wickets, while Galiem and Njoloza can unsettle top orders with their swing.
If the fast bowling duo of Meyer and Dill get their act together at Stellenberg, Nackerdien will be more relieved. And Western Province will be closer to a settled union that can return the cup to Western Province headquarters.
The final XI for the clash against the Academy team is: Matthew Kleinveldt, Matthew Goles Neo Mlumbi, Qaasim Adams (captain), Dayyaan Galiem, Michael Loubser, Taariq Chiecktey, Junaid Dawood, Mpilo Njoloza, Justin Dill, Renaldo Meyer.