Red-hot Fourie cold-shoul­dered by Prov­ince se­lec­tors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

STEL­LEN­BOSCH Van Der Stel’s men have ex­celled in West­ern Prov­ince district com­pe­ti­tion th­ese past few weeks, scoop­ing the triples and fours ti­tles.

That’s quite an achieve­ment for a club con­sid­ered any­thing but se­ri­ous con­tenders a few years back. Now watch out as they strive to win pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

Hav­ing won pro­mo­tion in men’s Flag com­pe­ti­tion for four years on the trot, the first team, now cam­paign­ing in the First Divi­sion, are sit­ting just off the pace in sec­ond place af­ter three rounds of play. Don’t bet against them join­ing the top flight next sea­son.

Two men, Adri­aan Fourie and Will Ester­huizen, both pro­vin­cial caps, the lat­ter cur­rently play­ing for WP A, have been at the heart of the club’s run of suc­cess. That’s not to say the other mem­bers of the var­i­ous teams haven’t played their part be­cause they have – but the class of the above two is un­de­ni­able; play­ing and beat­ing the best bowlers in WP on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is tes­ti­mony of this.

But some­how the men’s se­lec­tors aren’t see­ing it that way in the case of Fourie. A for­mer win­ner of the trips ti­tle a few years back, Fourie made his de­but for the WP B team in 2006/2007 as a back-ranker and won sil­ver at the in­ter-dis­tricts, but was dropped soon af­ter­wards for some un­known rea­son.

Now, af­ter back-to-back ti­tles, he’s still out in the cold and set to stay there un­less the WP con­vener of se­lec­tors, Alan Loft­house, sees fit to ac­knowl­edge his cur­rent form and in­clude him in the al­ready se­lected WP squad. Loft­house said a cou­ple of weeks back, af­ter Fourie’s sec­ond trips ti­tle, that he would come into the frame for next sea­son but that it was too late to in­clude him now as the play­ers se­lected (at the start of the sea­son) were a set­tled unit.

Let’s hope com­mon sense pre­vails and Fourie takes his right­ful place in the squad at the very least, be­cause he’s de­liv­ered the goods.

Of his team’s victory in the fours, Fourie said it was once again a team ef­fort. He did, how­ever, sin­gle out his sec­ond, Johnny Malan, de­scrib­ing him as the best sec­ond he had played with.

“Johnny came in and made a huge im­pact in what is a very tricky po­si­tion to ex­cel in,” Fourie said. “But the play of all of us dur­ing the tour­na­ment played a part in our lat­est tri­umph.”

Fourie trailed ear­lier on against Daniel Loub­ser’s fours side from WPCC 1-10, but hit back with a six to draw level at 13-13. Once again they were star­ing down the bar­rel in the lat­ter stages, down 13-18 with five ends to play, and once again they re­sponded to score two threes and a two to wrap up the win 23-19.

Jenny Hann’s Dur­banville out­fit won the women’s ti­tle with a con­vinc­ing 2616 victory over a game Mow­bray side skipped by vet­eran Ge­orgie Mackie.

Anita Quinn, Pat Stevens and Pickie Down­ing played for Hann, while Madge Pace, Molly Phips and Jill van Rens­burg teamed up for Mow­bray.

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