'Xatoto scored 47 in one of the three games that the U15 team played, but it was his captaincy and how he rotated his bowlers and led the team on and off the field that made an impression,” said Malilwana.
Hlumani Msutu, skipper of the U18 team also shone brightly, scoring 125 in three games for Western Province, including 90 in their win against Eastern Province.
The U18 team lost their first game against KwaZulu-Natal, won their second game against Eastern Provinces and were beaten by Gauteng in their third and final game.
“Those were tight and competitive games and the team showed plenty of grit,” Malilwana said.
Two 15-year-old players were part of the U18 team, an indication of their talent. They are Liyema Waqu and Simamkele Nkundla,
Malilwana said, “we experienced some challenges with preparation which was resolved but affected the way the team’s readiness. In this respect, the other teams had a head start.”
“But the approach of the two teams, the attacking style and the way in which they played for each other and formed a strong bond, was noteworthy,” Malilwana concluded.
WPCA Cricket Services Manager Clinton du Preez added: “There are lots of positives coming from the tournament and we are looking forward to the further development of the players in preparing them for the winter squads and national weeks at the end of the year. We have an exciting pool of young players at Western Province.”