Northerns won the toss and elected to field as Newlands is a favourable fast bowlers’ pitch. The Northerns bowlers took full advantage of the pace and swing that the pitch allowed and restricted the home side to 147 all out in 49.1 overs.
WP lost their first wicket in the third over of the game after opening batter, Carolyn Esterhuizen, was clean bowled by Maggie Mphohlele for just 1 run. WP struggled to cope with the visitors bowling attack and slumped to 82/7 at a stage before a well constructed 50-run 8th wicket partnership between Leighshe Jacobs and Yolani Fourie revived WP’s innings. The partnership ended when Fourie was caught for 28 off the bowling of Marcia Letsoalo. Jacobs was run out shortly afterwards only adding an additional 5 runs to the teams tally and signalling the end of WP’s recognised batsmen. Lara Goodall was the last wicket to fall when she was bowled out for 1 by Odine Kirsten.
With a reasonable total of 147 to chase down, Northerns’ job looked easy, however, the Newlands pitch which favoured the visitors in the first innings, continued to favour the bowlers as WP ran rampant through the visitors’ batting line-up and dismissed the Northerns for 74 within 30 overs. Odine Kirsten was the only batsman to reach double figures when she scored 31 off 77 balls, a clear indication that the WP bowlers are a force to be reckoned with.
Moseline Daniels was the star of the day by taking 4 wickets for 9 runs in her 8 over spell. Shabnim Ismail picked up 3 for 27 in 9 overs while all-rounder Robyn Appels took 2 for 18 in her 7 over spell.
WP will travel to Durban where they will be defending their title against the KwaZulu-Natal team in the final on Saturday, 15 March 2014.