Boland women’s cricket coach, Noor Rhode, is expecting a tough contest when his team face Eastern Province in the second round of action in the Women’s Coastal and Inland One-Day Challenge in Coetzenburg on Sunday.
EP scored a convincing 85 run win over Border in the first weekend of action, and have a double-header this weekend, first playing Sekunjalo Western Province at Newlands on Saturday, and then Boland on Sunday.
“Eastern Province is always a tough nut to crack and it seems when they play Boland they always give 120%. In Shafieka Pillay, Erne Webber and Lucinda Esau, they’ve got some strong competition.
“However I’m very confident that my troops will give good account of themselves and play positive and attacking cricket,” said Rhode.
Rhode has reason to be happy after watching his team beat Western Province by five wickets in the first round of matches.
“The win against WP was a good confident booster after our lost against them last season in the final.
“As a team we will play to our strength which is our bowling attack, as well as our batting. Our bowling will be led by Alicia Smith, Bronwyn Town and Sunette Loubser (Capt).
“Our batting will consist of Sunette Loubser, Helmien Rambaldo, Claire Terblanche, Alicia Smith and Bronwyn Town. In these players, the Boland side has some real match winners,” said Rhode.
21 Oct: Sekunjalo Western Province v Eastern Province, Sahara Park Newlands
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22 Oct: Boland v Eastern Province, Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch
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