West Coast are looking forward to defending their Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s Super Fours title when the competition begins in Pretoria on the weekend. The two-day Twenty-20 (T20) tournament, ending on Sunday, sees the 16 provinces divided into four regions. They are Highveld, East Coast, Central and defending champions, West Coast, in a strength versus strength match-up that will determine the T20 champions of 2013.
This tournament is the only provincial T20 women’s competition in the country and serves as the hunting ground for up and coming talent for the Momentum Proteas national women’s T20 squad. It is every player’s final chance to impress selectors with the ICC Women’s World T20 competition taking place in Bangladesh in March 2014.
Sunette Loubser of West Coast believes her side is ready to face the music come Saturday. She believes their approach of not changing too much in their mind set for the shorter format will once again help them win the tournament.
“We’re just going to go out there and stick to the basics. Everyone thinks that because it’s a T20 we have to go in hard but that’s never been our approach as the West Coast. We’ll definitely be giving it our all and implementing the skills that we have practised. We’re looking forward to a good weekend of competitive cricket,” she said.
National coach, Hilton Moreeng will also be attending the tournament to see what new talent might be spotted. He is looking forward to seeing a professional approach from the teams playing.
“I want to see a professional approach from the players,” he commented. “I am hoping to see players thinking about their game plans and keeping a cool head under pressure when those plans do not work out. There is a lot of room to lose the plot quickly in this format so it would be great to see players constantly on the lookout for a Plan B or Plan C if the occasion calls for it.”
All matches will be played at St Alban’s College, with double-headers played in the morning and afternoon of both days. Each team will play one another with the winner determined by the side that ends on top of the log. Live ball by ball updates will be available at www.webcricket.co.za.
Day 1 ( Saturday 30/11)
Morning : Highveld vs Central, East Coast vs West Coast
Afternoon : East Coast vs Highveld, West Coast vs Central
Day 2 (Sunday 01/12)
Morning: West Coast vs Highveld, Central vs East Coast