Three players with a combined age of 57, have kept Western Province at the top of the table after nine games in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup competition as the sensational trio steered the hosts to a five-wicket win against Border at PPC Newlands on Saturday.

On Sunday, Pieter Malan (84) and Zubayr Hamza (51) also guided Western Province to an emphatic eight wicket win against Border in the CSA provincial one-day competition.

But Western Province’s greatest triumph was that five-wicket win. Michael Cohen, an 18-year old former South African U19 player who, at first glance, looks more like a scrumhalf than a left-arm swing bowler, completed a match-haul of 6-49 in his first first-class game and looked like the real deal.

Kyle Verreynne, also a former U19 player, produced a swashbuckling unbeaten 79 off 77 balls and featured in an unbeaten 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket with the 20-year old Dayyaan Galiem to take the hosts to the required 161 for victory.

Malan impressed again in the first innings with his 61.

Western Province’s final match is a cross-pool game against KwaZulu-Natal Inland at PPC Newlands from 23 to 25th March.

But North West is still in a favourable position to overtake Western Province. They will tackle Eastern Province from 9 to 11th March at St. George’s Park, and the struggling Southwestern Districts at Senwes Park from 23 to 25th March.

Province must continue their attacking and explosive style, a fearless approach which almost resembles the Stormers of 2017-vintage in the Super Rugby campaign, if they want to clinch their must-win game against KwaZulu-Natal Inland at PPC Newlands.