Western Province continued their relentless pursuit of silver ware by coasting to a win by an innings and 33 runs against Boland in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup series on Saturday.
It was their third successive win and although coach Faiek Davids would describe it as the consummate team effort characterized by cohesion and many contributions, you have to highlight the excellence of Pieter Malan and Richard Levi.
Malan continued his barn-storming batting performances by blasting 204, facing 391 balls and hitting 19 fours and two sixes. He featured in a 243-run partnership for the second wicket with Levi.
Levi struck 144 of 184 balls. It was typical vintage Levi, who slammed 16 fours and five six as Western Province reached 472 to establish a healthy 190-run first-innings lead.The left-arm swing bowler Beuran Hendricks took 3-47 in the first innings and 2-13 in the second innings, while Matthew Kleinveldt finished with 3-65 in the second innings and GF Linde took 3-23 in 19 overs of sustained pressure as Boland was dismissed for 157 in their second innings.
Malan has scored 489 runs at an average of 244.50 this season, and his claims for inclusion in the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ team can no longer be dismissed without prolonged thought.
Linde has taken 13 wickets at an average of 14.69. Dayyaan Gaiem has removed 11 batsmen at an average of 16.63.
Boland won the CSA one-day provincial challenge against Western Province by four wickets on Sunday thanks to an unbeaten 115 by Keegan Petersen.
SA Engelbrecht struck 76 off 74 balls and Dayyaan Galiem contributed 65 while taking 3-49, but the 274/6 compiled by the visitors at Boland Park, was chased down by Petersen and Niel Botha (45), as the hosts won with two balls to spare.
“The performance by Western Province in the three-day Sunfoil Series Cup is enchanting, mesmerizing and just so fulfilling as they defeat all-comers and there are so many players who contribute,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Assocation.
“Although there are obvious stars, it is the way in which they pull together as a team and rally when the odds are against them, that is most impressive,” added Dien.