Red-hot Fourie cold-shouldered by Province selectors
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.