WP Women are CSA One-Day Competition Champions

Cape Town, 3rd April 2023

The President, CEO, Board and Members of the Western Province Cricket Association congratulate the Western Province Women’s team on their outstanding achievements this season.

Western Province Cricket President Ashraf Burns led the Association’s response to the team’s success: “We are extremely proud of the Women’s achievements in winning the CSA One-Day competition and being pipped by the Lions in the T20 competition, in what would have been a great double. Congrats to Claire and her team.”

WPCA CEO Michael Canterbury aptly sums up the feeling of euphoria at the WP Women’s achievements: “I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of everyone involved with WPCA, to congratulate our WP Women’s team on winning the CSA 50 over competition over the last weekend, and on being so close to the double. The result is a testimony to the talent, hard work and commitment shown by the players and the management team. Well done everyone, we are incredibly proud of you!!! The latest win adds to the team’s growing collection of accolades and achievements. We wish the team well in the off season, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back for another good season. Once again, well done on a fantastic achievement.”

Provincial One-Day Competition Champions

On Saturday 1st April Captain Leah Jones led her team to an emphatic 8-wicket victory over the DP World Lions in Johannesburg, securing the CSA Provincial One-Day Championship. It has been an incredible season in the 50-Over format for the Women’s team. They played 10 matches, won 7, lost 1 and had 2 no-results.

They are deserved winners of the title, as they dominated the competition. WP ended a significant 9 points clear of their nearest rivals, the HollywoodBets Dolphins.

Provincial T20 Competition Runners-up

On Sunday 2nd April the team narrowly missed out on an elusive double (last achieved in the 2017/18 season), as they took the Lions to the last over in the final round of the competition. WP and the Lions went into the final fixture equal on wins and losses, with WP one bonus point ahead of the Johannesburg-based outfit.

In a topsy-turvy match, it was Yolani Fourie’s team that just came out on top, in what proved to be a fitting finale for the tournament. WP Cricket congratulates the Lions on their achievement and looks forward to renewing this historic rivalry next season.

Comment from Head Coach, Claire Terblanche

“I’d just like to thank each and every person that contributed to our season… each player, each member of management that put in the hours of work and planning. It would’ve been brilliant to take the double this season and to take the T20 to the last over was a real all-out effort by the team, they left everything out there; hearts, souls and tears! A special thank you to them for this intense season of cricket and I only hope they grow from strength to strength. Watch out for next season, in our pursuit for the double!”

The Squad

The following proudly represented and supported the Western Province Women’s team across both formats this season:

Players: Leah Jones (Captain), Andrie Steyn, Lara Goodall, Saarah Smith, Kelsey Adams, Faye Tunnicliffe, Sinalo Jafta, Delmi Tucker, Nadine de Klerk, Nosipho Vezi, Yandiswa Mangele, Robyn Appels, Tatum le Roux, Caitlin Wyngaard, Jemma Botha, Kayla Reyneke, Christine Tomlinson, Anri Grobbelaar, Refiloe Bomvana, Babette de Leede, Yasmeen Khan, Jae-Leigh Filander, Sinelethu Yaso, Stacy Lackay.

Coaches: Claire Terblanche, Gabi-Lee van der Westhuizen, Shiree Steyn

Support staff: Lindsay O’Malley, Alexis le Breton, Brent Bingham, WP scorers, Newlands and Claremont CC ground staff.

Robyn Appels has announced her retirement from cricket, and fittingly bowled the final over of this year’s competitions. Robyn has been a cornerstone of the WP squad for many years, and during her illustrious career also represented the SA Emerging Women’s team. WP Cricket wishes her well in her future endeavours.

Faye Tunnicliffe will also be leaving WP, as she moves to the UK to pursue her career there. Faye has represented both WP and South Africa in her career so far. All the best to Faye for her cricketing future.