The final of the domestic women’s cricket season will be a repeat of last year’s Western Cape derby after provincial rivals Boland and Western Province both winning their respective semi-finals over the weekend.
Defending champions WP will have to travel to log-leaders Boland, who thrashed KwaZulu Natal by 109 runs on Saturday.
Boland scored 168 after being sent in to bat on a tricky wicket at the Paarl grounds, and then returned to bowl KZN out for 59 runs in the 31st over.
“It wasn’t an easy track to play on, we thought a score of 220 would be a good score, but as soon as we saw the pitch,” Boland captain Sunette Loubser told gsport on Monday. “If we’d won the toss, we would have bowled first too, because there was quite a bit going there.”
“As soon as we got 160, we thought, ‘Game on!” said Loubser. “We actually batted quite alright, some of us gave our wickets away, but there’s a few people in the lower order who chipped in, and made a good score for us.
“Alicia Smith bowled extraordinarily; there was a dropped catch in the first over of her bowling, and she still bowled a maiden. Then Merecé Mackier also bowled a maiden, and then in the third over she (Smith) took a wicket, and two in her first spell.”
Loubser’s slow-bowling nicked off the biggest threat to a potential Boland victory, when she accounted for the prolific KZN captain Johmari Logtenberg with her first ball.
“That was awesome, I know she doesn’t like to charge. But because the other wickets fell around her, she had to do something to up their run-rate, because they were stuck.
“The first ball, I saw her coming and I threw it wide, and I got her wicket. We were all ecstatic, because she was the one that could take it away from us,” said Loubser.
“The way the girls went out on that field, if you saw it, you would have goose-bumps. Everyone was in it and motivating, we never doubted ourselves for one moment, we just went out there as a team.
“The second wicket that fell was an awesome run-out by Peta-Anne Drake. We all went up for the lbw, but (KZN batswoman) N Moodley didn’t go back into her crease, and Peta-Anne picked up the ball at silly-point, and she flicked it in for the run-out.
“It’s something like that that sparks your team. Everyone did the basics right, and as soon as Johmari Logtenberg went, we could breath easily.”