WP include Liyema Waqu and Bonga Makaka for EP clash

File image: Liyema Waqu.

Fast bowler Liyema Waqu and batsman Bonga Makaka have been named in Western Province’s squad for this week’s 4-Day Domestic Series fixture against Eastern Province at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Waqu is a grade 11 pupil at South African College High School (SACS) and uncapped at first-class level. He represents Avendale Cricket Club.

Makaka recently left Rondebosch Cricket Club for the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club – and has been capped nine times at first-class level.

All-rounder Kieran Kenny and batsmen Gavin Kaplan and Daniel Smith, who welcomed first-class debuts against Northerns last week, have been retained.

Fast bowler Ziyaad Abrahams, who is on loan from Boland, has been included as well.

Batsman Yaseen Vallie will captain the XI.

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Western Province squad

  1. Yaseen Vallie (captain)
  2. Aviwe Mgjima
  3. Basheer Walters
  4. Bonga Makaka
  5. Daniel Smith (wicketkeeper)
  6. David Bedingham
  7. Gavin Kaplan
  8. Jonathan Bird
  9. Kieran Kenny
  10. Kyle Simmonds
  11. Liyema Waqu
  12. Yves Kamanzi
  13. Ziyaad Abrahams

Western Province without several first-choice players

Western Province are without wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne, batsman Zubayr Hamza and all-rounder Wayne Parnell. They are with the Proteas for this month’s ODI series against the Netherlands.

Western Province also don’t have seamer Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder George Linde, who are with the South Africa A squad for a series against India A.

Seamer Nandre Burger has been sidelined by a back injury for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Western Province currently occupy seventh position in the eight-team division A standings after draws with KwaZulu-Natal Coastal and Boland – and defeat to Northerns.

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