Mitchum Western Province’s unbeaten run in Cricket SA’s 50-over Women’s Provincial League has been powered by all-round squad performances, including the prolific Saraah Smith (pictured), at the Vineyard Oval in Cape Town. Photo: Supplied
Mitchum Western Province and the Imperial Gauteng Lions teams pay honours after their fixture. Photo: Supplied

Western Province Women’s Cricket the Team to Beat

by | Mar 25, 2021

Mitchum Western Province took advantage of home conditions in Cape Town, winning all four matches during Pool A of the CSA 50 Over Women’s Provincial League, also including Imperial Central Gauteng and Northerns at the Vineyard Oval.

Saarah Smith was the star of the week with the bat, making telling contributions in match winning performances for Western Province, including a knock of 51 from 78 balls with six fours in her team’s 91 run win over Central Gauteng Lions. WP also had Leah Jones and Tatum le Roux to thank for stand out performances with the ball.

Central Gauteng Lions had mixed performances including some heroics as they finished the week with two wins, both coming against Northerns. They have their bowlers to thanks with Raisibe Ntozakhe, Jameelah Shaikjee and Yolani Fourie making useful contributions for their team.

For Northerns, it was largely a week to forget, losing all four matches. Spare a thought for Ricea Coetzer who finished with 12 wickets including the only five wicket haul of the week – taking 5/6 against Gauteng Lions in a low scoring affair.

Check out short accounts of each match highlighting stand out performances with both bat and ball.

 

Pool A Results: Cape Town:

 

18 March:

Northerns vs Western Province, Vineyard Oval

Northerns won the toss and elected to field. Saarah Smith top scored for Western Province with 42 from 64 balls including five fours, as the home team posted 168 in 49.5 overs. Eliz-Mari Marx (3/22 in 6.5 overs), Kayleigh Tapp (3/29 in 10 overs) and Ricea Coetzer (3/30 in 10 overs) starred with the ball for visitors. Going in search of 169 for victory, Northerns were bowled out for 98 in 42.4 overs, as Christine Tomlinson (4/19 in 6.4 overs) and Tatum le Roux (3/21 in 10 overs) snared key wickets to take their team to victory by 72 runs.

 

17 March:

Central Gauteng Lions vs Western Province, Vineyard Oval

Western Province won the toss and elected to field first, restricting Central Gauteng Lions to 129/8 in 50 overs. Sharne Mayers top scored for the Lions with 37 off 50 balls, including five fours. The leading bowlers for Western Province were Robyn Appels (3/30 in 10 overs) and Leah Jones (2/14 in 9 overs). Looking for 130 to win, Saarah Smith top scored for WP, as they won by two wickets, reaching 131/8 in 45.5 overs. For the Lions, Jameela Shaikjee (2/19 in 10 overs), Raisibe Ntozakhe (2/23 in 10 overs) and Yolani Fourie 2/36 in 10 overs) were among the wickets.

 

18 March:

Central Gauteng Lions vs Northerns, Vineyard Oval

Central Gauteng Lions won the toss and elected to field, restricting Northerns to 102/9 in 50 overs. Yolani Fourie (2/10 in 10 overs) and Jameelah Shaikjee (2/22 in 10 overs) produced stand out figures for the Lions. Chasing 103 to win, Yolani Fourie then starred with the bat, top scoring with 30 off 40 balls to lead the Lions to a three wicket win, as they reached 103/7 in 33.4 overs. Even though on the losing side, Ricea Coetzer took 4/33 in 10 overs.

 

21 March:

Central Gauteng Lions vs Western Province, Vineyard Oval

Central Gauteng Lions won the toss and elected to field. Western Province posted 184/8 in 50 overs. Saarah Smith top scored 51 from 78 balls including six fours. For the Lions, Lehlohonolo Sardick (3/42 in 10 overs) and Traci Brest (3/26 in 10 overs) took three wickets a piece. Chasing 185 to win, the Lions were bowled out for 93 in 36.5 overs. Leah Jones took 3/19 in 4.5 overs to lead the attack for Western Province, who went on to win by 91 runs.

 

22 March:

Northerns vs Central Gauteng Lions, Vineyard Oval

In this low scoring affair, Central Gauteng Lions chose to bat and were bowled out for 70 in 39.2 overs. Northerns’ Ricea Coetzer returned astonishing figures of 5/6 in 10 overs including 46 dot balls. Chasing just 71 to win, Northerns were bundled out for 33 in 27.5  overs, with Raisibe Ntozakhe (4/9 in 10 overs), Jameelah Shaikjee (3/12 in 10 overs) and Yolani Fourie (3/7 in 3.5 overs) combining to lead their team to a sensational 37 run win.

 

23 March:

Western Province vs Northerns, Vineyard Oval

Western Province won the toss and elected to field. They bowled Northerns out for 110 in the 46th over, thanks to three wickets a piece from Robyn Appels (3/12 in 9.2 overs) and Leah Jones (3/19 in 8 overs) who starred with the ball. Chasing 111 four their fourth win of the week, Delmari Tucker top-scored with 38 off 65 balls including 4 fours. Captain, Andrie Steyn weighed in with 35 as WP won by seven wickets.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Mitchum Western Province’s unbeaten run in Cricket SA’s 50-over Women’s Provincial League has been powered by all-round squad performances, including the prolific Saraah Smith (pictured), at the Vineyard Oval in Cape Town. Photo: Supplied

Photo 2 Caption: Mitchum Western Province and the Imperial Central Gauteng Lions teams pay respects after their fixture. Photo: Supplied

 

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