Western Province coach Salieg Nackerdien has made just one change to his 15-man squad ahead of the T20 Knock Out quarter-finals.
Batsman David Bedingham replaces all-rounder Jordan Woolf, who got his first taste of professional cricket during the Pool A phase of the competition.
Bedingham had a sublime season in England with county team Durham, scoring over 1,000 first-class runs, which resulted in him being awarded the Paul Collingwood Medal for Player of the Year.
“Obviously it’s great to be back home at Newlands,” said the 27-year-old. “I hope I can make a decent impact in this tournament; we’re in a quarter-final now so hopefully we can go all the way and win it. Personally, it will be nice to score some runs, and quick runs.”
WP will play the Free State Knights in the second quarter-final at the Kimberley Oval on Tuesday (14:30) and Nackerdien is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s been a good seven, eight days of preparation and obviously good to have the whole squad together now that Bedders has joined the squad this week – we’ve had a couple of nets and practice games which went well,” he said.
“The main thing we’re looking for is to execute properly in our quarter-final against the Knights. I think our preparation has been key in terms of the matches we have played in the middle. Overall, we have a good squad and I’m very confident we can get over the line, but the main thing is to look at our execution and as a team we need to believe in ourselves that we can take it much further than the quarter-finals.”
WP squad: Wayne Parnell (c), Aviwe Mgijima, Basheer Walters, Beuran Hendricks, Daniel Smith, David Bedingham, Jonathan Bird, Kyle Simmonds, Kyle Verreynne, Mihlali Mpongwana, Nandre Burger, Tony De Zorzi, Tshepo Moreki, Yves Kamanzi, Zubayr Hamza.
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