The World Sports Betting Western Province team, spearheaded by sensational performances from the spinners Luke Philander and Emmanuel Sebareme, hit back splendidly in the second of two warm-up matches against the former Africa T20 Cup champions, Northerns, at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria on Wednesday 23rd August.
Northerns benefited from the warmer winter up North and played in eight matches before the visitors romped to a five-wicket win in the second of two clashes on Wednesday.
The visitors, visibly upset by the winter blues and rustiness, struggled to assert themselves in the opening clash and went down by six wickets, only to turn a below-par performance into a triumph in the second clash.
Qaasim Adams, the WSB Western Province skipper, said the 20-year-old Philander was arguably WP’s standout-performer.
“He batted well in the first game, where we only managed 120 and Northerns chased it down within 15 overs.
“He also bowled superbly in the second match. We limited them to 143 and we struck the winning runs in the final over.
Jean Strydom and Carlos Koyana got the visiting team off to a rollicking start by adding 54 in the first six overs.
Thereafter, the top order chipped in to ensure a superb victory. What made it special, was that Western Province had only played in their second game of the off-season, while it was Northerns’ ninth match.
The hosts played seven matches in Potchefstroom before the double-header against WSB Western Province.
“There was a lot of rustiness in the first game.
“Sebareme bowled well at the start in both games, and in the second, he controlled things well in the middle. He produced a lot of variety. All the bowlers performed admirably as a unit in the second match.
“Mthiwekhaya Nabe and Mpilo Njoloza, Dayyaan Galiem and the spinners were very good,” Adams added.
“We were not up to scratch in the first match.
“What we can take out of the match in the build-up to the Africa T20 Cup starting on Friday against Namibia is how quickly we adapted and hit our straps in the second match,” Adams added.