Western Province upgrade last season’s rookie to full contract

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Batsman Valentine Kitime has signed a full contract with Western Province ahead of the 2024-25 domestic season in South Africa.

Kitime, who joined Western Province from Boland in 2023, was previously on a rookie contract. He averages 14 in first-class cricket – and has been included among Cricket South Africa’s Emerging Academy intake for 2024.

“It is a massive privilege and opportunity for me to be in the Western province set-up,” said Kitime.

“I feel like the team is growing and moving forward in the right direction and I’m excited to be a part of it.

“I felt like this past season has been a really good one for Western Province. To be welcomed into the set-up has been a smooth and enjoyable experience.

“Leading up to the next season, I’d obviously like to contribute and be among the run-makers with every opportunity I’m presented with, which enables us to compete for more trophies.”

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Rookie contract for Bayoumy

Earlier this week, Western Province awarded all-rounder Abdallah Bayoumy a rookie contract.

Bayoumy played for South Africa Under-19 two years ago and has since been capped by Western Province at T20 and List A level.

“Two years ago, when I earned my first professional cap, it was a highly emotional moment for me, filling my parents and family with immense pride,” said Bayoumy.

“Since then, I’ve continued moving forward without any hesitation. However, I know that the real hard work starts now.

“Upon hearing the news, immense joy filled my heart, and a sense of calm settled over my mind. Years ago, I would watch these players on TV, longing to meet them and perhaps even get a photo or signature.

Fast forward to today, I find myself sharing the dressing room and field with these experienced players whom I’ve long admired.”

Bayoumy featured in Western Province’s title-winning One-Day Cup campaign earlier this year.

“Lifting my first trophy was an incredible feeling, hearing about WP not winning silverware for a while and then having the chance to play in a home final after remaining unbeaten in the competition was special,” he added.

“Being part of the winning team and contributing in any way, whether through wickets, runs, catches, or run-outs, was an unbelievable experience.

“It was a moment of immense pride and satisfaction, knowing that our hard work had paid off and we had achieved something significant as a team.”

Western Province lose Kaplan

Boland contracted batsman Gavin Kaplan last month. Kaplan was previously on a high performance contract at Western Province.

Kaplan had not played first-class cricket for two years prior to February 2024’s return. He struck 45, four, 173, 60 and zero during Western Province’s 4-Day Series, division one, campaign that month.

The 173 against the Dolphins at Newlands in Cape Town marked Kaplan’s maiden first-class century.

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