Western Province is eager to finish the CSA One Day Cup campaign on a high when they meet the North West Dragons in the final at Newlands Cricket Grounds on Saturday.
Province will be looking to make seven wins unbeaten when they host the home final, starting at 10:00.
To make things more fun for the Province faithful, the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) have decided to make entry for the final FREE!
Fans are encouraged to come in numbers with their families and friends to witness a spectacular display of good cricket and are also urged to come early to avoid traffic.
The team will be missing spinning all-rounder George Linde who has had to have surgery after he felt discomfort in his knee during the bowling innings against the Momentum Multiply Titans last week. Kyle Simmonds rejoins the squad. Simmonds took part in the early stages of the competition and since has had to wait for another opportunity.
Head coach Salieg Nackerdien has showered praises on how the team has been able to adapt to the challenges this season.
“We’ve been doing well this competition, picking up where we left off last season. obviously not everything goes to plan and we missed out on a trophy which I think the team deserved. However we had a good pre-season and we started the campaign really well and find ourselves in another final,” said Nackerdien.
“We have the squad to take it all the way this season. We’ve built a brand of cricket that we want to play and each member of the squad has bought into that. As a coach that is something you want to leave behind.
“We are in a good position and we’re not thinking too far ahead, we are taking it game by game and the final is no different. We want to create moments that will push the team and the union in the right direction”.
Hosting the final at Newlands it’s something Province captain Kyle Verreynne has been dreaming about since he was a child.
“Something that we’ve spoken about quite a bit is not shying away from the occasion. For me, it’s massive. It’s something that I’ve dreamt of since I was a little boy,” said Verreynne.
“I haven’t had an opportunity to play in a final for Western Province, so for me, I’m really excited. And I think for the rest of the team, honestly, it’s something that we’ve all looked forward to for such a long period of time.
“So to get the home final and have the opportunity to hopefully win the trophy in front of our own crowd is something that’s really special.”
The match will start at 10:00, catch it live on SuperSport TV and will be televised in India.