It will be a titanic battle when the iconic Bidvest Wanderers Stadium hosts a women’s provincial game for the first time ever on Saturday. Gauteng will take on Western Province (WP) in what promises to be an epic final of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s Provincial League on Saturday, 13 April 2013 (starting time is 9:45am).
The visitors booked their place in the final after beating defending champions, Northerns by eight wickets in Cape Town and Gauteng beat KwaZulu-Natal by 54 runs in Johannesburg to reserve their spot.
Gauteng’s captain, Cri-Zelda Brits wants to finish the season on top. “We’ve had a really good season,” she said. “Getting to the finals has taken a lot of work and hard won fighting, but we did it and I’m very proud of the team.
“I believe I have the squad that can win us the trophy, it’s really important for all of us to end this season on a high at the Bull Ring.”
Both teams have key players who are capable of taking the match away from the opposition. WP’s Moseline Daniels, who took three wickets in one over in the semi-final against Northerns, is also the season’s highest wicket taker.
Daniels has claimed 24 wickets with a best of 5/20 at an average of 6.70 in 11 matches. She also scored the fastest 50 of the season, getting to the milestone in just 39 balls in a match against Kei.
“I’ve really been enjoying my cricket this season,” Daniels said. “I’ve learned to play my own game and to take each match as it comes and to also break that down into each over as it comes and that has worked for me.”
Between the two sides, WP captain Alexis le Breton is the season’s leading run scorer with 433 runs at a strike rate of 75.96 in 10 innings, while Gauteng’s Kirsty Thomas comes just behind her with a total of 391 runs at a strike rate of 78.20 and a high score of 129. Le Breton also scored the season’s fastest century, taking 76 balls to get there in a match against Kei.
CSA Senior Cricket and Transformation Manager, Max Jordaan said: “The women’s final is the culmination of our season. I would like to congratulate both teams for reaching the end and with all their national team players accounted for, I hope to see an electric finish that will further raise the profile of women’s cricket in South Africa.
“I would also like to commend Gauteng Cricket on giving us the use of the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium for the first time in further promotion of the women’s game,” said Jordaan. “May the best side win.”