Defending champions of the women’s provincial cricket league Western Province enjoyed a spectacular 96 runs win over a totally-outclassed Boland in Paarl on Saturday 21st November.
Province batted first on a slow wicket and an even slower outfield, and after losing the early wicket of Alexis Le Breton to an Alicia Smith snorter, put together a partnership of 50 runs in 54 balls for the second wicket between Leighshe Jacobs and Olivia Anderson.
When Jacobs was run out for 32 and Province lost another two quick wickets the innings was teetering on the brink of disaster at 99 for 4 wickets.
Anderson and Ashlyn Kilowan then added an innings-saving partnership of 50 runs for the 5th wicket, but when captain Anderson went in the 46th over, run out for a patient 69 off 128 balls and Kilowan was also run out for 35, the innings quickly crumbled and closed in the 50th over for 188.
“We felt that 188 was a defendable total because of the slow pitch and heavy outfield,” said Olivia Anderson, and she was proved right, with the powerful and varied Province attack blowing Boland away for 92.
Only Alison Hodgkinson, with a stoic innings showed any solid resistance. “Our bowlers and fielders did a brilliant job,” said a proud Western Province coach Cindy Thomas, “and the two great reflex catches by Ashlyn Kilowan were simply unbelievable”.
Best bowling figures for WP were claimed by the fiery Shabnim Ismael, who bagged 3 for 18 in eight overs, and leg-spinner Leighshe Jacobs, who wrapped up the Boland tail with four wickets for 13 runs in 3.4 overs.
They were well backed up by Nuraan Pipers, Yolani Fourie and Shandré Fritz, with keeper Anderson rounding off a fine day with three stumpings and a catch. “We will be using the break before the next match early next year to work on a number of things, especially our running between the wickets”, said Cindy Thomas.
“Five run-outs is simply not acceptable in an otherwise awesome all-round performance,” echoed Anderson. Western Province’s next two matches are on January 9 and 10, when they host Eastern Province and Border in Cape Town on consecutive days.