WP B

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Head Coach Bles Kemp
Assistant Coaches Ollie Moosa, Gavin Jeffries

WPB.png   Western Province are holding nothing back in the upcoming NBC as can be seen with the strength of their “B” team. With WBC players in the team, it shows enormous depth in the union and mixed with some lively young players, this is going to be a team to watch.

The team struggled to live up to expectations despite being the only team to score runs against the WP A team in a game that could have gone either way. Here is the wrap up from Coach Bles Kemp and well done to the young players that did such a superb job for WP in this tourney.  A couple of untimely errors took it all away from them, though coming 3rd after the powerhouse WP A team and gritty and tough Gauteng A team is a formidable achievement.

Here is a note from Coach Bles on the tourney.

IMG-20160329-WA0008The WP B – TEAM had a disappointing finish to our tournament when 2 x vital errors in the semi final cost us 8 runs and the ball game.

On day 1 Luwayne du Plessis(6 INN) gave us the perfect start on the mound vs KZN. Terrence le Roux closed the game out for us in the 7th.

In game 2 young Bradley de Waal (5inn) also pitched great for us and Grant Robertson closed the game for us on the mound.

On day 2 we came up against the top side in the country,WP A. Jason Theys kept the game close for us on the mound, but we just didn’t have enough runs to beat the A-SIDE. The team came close and narrowly lost 3-5.

We then played vs our WP U:23 side and beat them in a tough game 7-0. Damian Perkins pitched all 7 x innings a got the shut out with some great hitting again by young Josh Halvorsen and Charl Cordier.

On day 3 we face the 2 x Gauteng teams and only had to win one to reach the semis. Game 1 was vs the Gauteng u:23 side and was easily won by our boys.IMG-20160329-WA0006

The night game then was just to determine who ends 2nd,3rd or 4th since Gauteng u:23 already fell out of the competition with 4 x losses. We started Keagan Watson who did a good job on the mound. Some great defensive plays kept this game alive all the way. However, we had far to many runners left on base in this game to compete against such a quality side as Gauteng. In the end the 1-4 lost to them was a bitter pill to swallow after we had our chances with runners in scoring positions but just couldn’t execute.

We then came up against them again the next morning in our first 9 inning game in the tournament. After a good start again on the mound by Luwayne du Plessis we had a 2-1 lead after 5 innings. Jason Theys took over from him and gave up 2 x runs in the 6th coming from 2 x errors in the field. In the 7th, more errors caused Gauteng to score another 6 runs which took the game away from us. Damian Perkins came in to pitch 2 x scoreless innings in the 8th and the 9th.

IMG-20160329-WA0004This was a very nice mixed team between very experience players (Luwayne du Plessis, Charl Cordier, Grant Robertson, Alan Randall and Kyle Ettisch) and some unbelievable good young talent (Damian Perkins, Bradley de Waal, Tyrone Milne, Josh Halvorsen, Keenen Clarke and Lee Marks). This team had it in them to be in that final but just stumbled over their last hurdle.

The baseball community can take down some of these young names ,because they will be hearing these names in the future SA Teams for sure.

It was a pleasure coaching this team and I am looking forward in working with these players again in the future.

Regards

Bles Kemp

 

Played Won Lost Drew Runs For Runs Against Runs Diff
7 4 3 0 39 19 20

WP B

1 - 3
C Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
C Field - Battswood

KZN vs WP B

11 - 0
C Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
C Field - Battswood

WP B vs Gauteng B

3 - 5
Green Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
B Field - Lansdowne

WP B vs WP A

0 - 7
Green Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
A Field - VOB

WP U23 vs WP B

0 - 12
Green Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
B Field - Lansdowne

Gauteng U23 vs WP B

4 - 1
Green Division
2016 NBC Cape Town
A Field - VOB

Gauteng A vs WP B

9 - 2
Championship Finals
2016 NBC Cape Town
B Field - Lansdowne

Gauteng A vs WP B

5 - 5
Green Division
2017 NBC Gauteng

Gauteng U23 vs WP B

15 - 3
Green Division
2017 NBC Gauteng

Gauteng A vs WP B