The experienced Laurie Ward has been appointed head coach of Western Province Cricket Club, ahead of the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association premier league.
Club Cricket SA were going to announce the appointment earlier this month, but at the request of Ward, delayed until this week.
What Ward said
“I am excited to have the opportunity to coach at a club with such history and tradition. These need to be maintained while creating a culture of modern, thinking cricketers – and a positive style and attitude across the cricket section of the club,” said Ward.
“There is a good blend of youth, experience and talent throughout the club to work with – and I cannot wait to start.”
Ward has succeeded former head coach Rasheed Lewis, who has joined Ottoman Cricket Club in the WPCA first division A.
More about Western Province Cricket Club
Western Province Cricket Club finished in sixth position across 2018-19’s 12-team premier league, after 13 victories in 22 attempts. Eight of their wins were achieved with a bonus point.
Fast bowler Michael Cohen recently declined a provincial contract extension, but will continue to represent Western Province Cricket Club “as much as possible”.
Western Province Cricket Club will be without batsman James Crowson, though. Crowson has joined Cape Town Cricket Club.