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Western Province vs Knights, 4-Day Franchise Series 2022-23, Today Match Prediction

Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

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Knights and Western Province look to finish the first leg on a high

  • Western Province has 38 points from 2 matches while Knights have just 11 points from the 2 matches.
  • Western province has picked up 26 wickets in the 170-odd overs they have bowled so far while Knights have just 11 wickets in the 160-odd overs they bowled.
  • Knights batting scoreboard reads as 243/10 & 263/10 in their 2 innings while Western province`s read as 557/5d & 328/10.

Western province will win the match

Tournament: 4-Day Franchise Series 2022-23 | Format: FIRST CLASS | Venue: Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa | Toss: To Bowl

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4-day Franchise series is all set to happen in two phases this season with the first phase played in months Oct-Nov 2022 and the second phase in the months of Feb-Mar 2023. Knights and Western province are Division 1 teams and they have already 2 matches in this phase. Western province has a good tournament so far with a victory and a draw and are in the second place in the points table. Knights have lost one and drawn one match and are searching for their first victory. We expect both teams to go hard with this match being their last one in the first phase.

Western Province Preview

Western province posted a massive score of 557/5 in their last game to win the match by inns and 210 runs. Kyle Vereynne (201* runs) and Tony De Zorzi (163 runs) did the bulk of scoring in the match as thy piled up the runs. Moore (71 runs) and George Linde (70* runs) scored vital runs to build crucial partnerships in the middle.

Their bowlers bowled out the opposition for 202 & 145 in the last game. Their pace quartet picked up 16 wickets in the match with Nandre Burger (2/21 & 1/46), Beuran Hendricks (2/24 & 2/29), Tshepo Moreki (3/58 & 0/39), and Dane Paterson (3/41 & 3/20) were relentless with the ball as a unit. George Line chipped with 2 wickets n the second innings to clean off the tail.

Key Players: Kyle Vereynne, Dane Paterson, George Linde


Western Province Predicted Playing XI:

Edward Moore, Tony de Zorzi, Yaseen Vallie, Daniel Smith, Kyle Verreynne (c & wk), Aviwe Mgijima, George Linde, Beuran Hendricks, Dane Paterson, Nandre Burger, Tshepo Moreki

Knights Preview

Knights’ batters were dismissed for 243 & 263 as they suffered a loss by an inns and 10 runs in the match. Gihan Cloete (50 & 6 runs), Mathew Kleinvelt (5 & 58 runs), and Pite Van biljon (33 & 73 runs) made half-centuries but failed to convert them into a big score in the last game. Miguel Pretorius chipped in with cameos of 37 & 29 in the last game.

Their bowlers were taken for 648 runs as they suffered for a massive 128 overs in the field. Heerden claimed a hard worked figures of 5/118 after bowling for 27 overs. Miguel Pretorius (3/122) and Budaza (2/132) chipped in with the remaining wicket after bowling 25+ overs in the innings. Gerald Coetzee and Jacques Snyman file to take wickets in the match.

Key players: Gian Cloete, Miguel Pretorius, Budaza




Knights Predicted Playing XI:

Matthew Kleinveldt, Isaac Dikgale, Pite van Biljon (c), Gihahn Cloete (wk), Patrick Kruger, Patrick Botha, Aubrey Swanepoel, Gerald Coetzee, Nealan van Heerden, Mbulelo Budaza, Nhlakanipho Mpungose

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Weather Conditions

Newlands will be hard and flat for the first two days and batting will be easy on the first 2 days of the match. The pitch might spice up as the match progresses helping the bowlers effectively. Newlands is expected to have dark and cloudy weather on all the 4 days of the match.

Venue Details

Cape Town is expected to have intermittent rains and some rain delays in the match. The pitch was good to bat on in the last game but we expect pacers to play a big role in this match with overcast conditions.


Toss: To Bowl

Teams will opt to bat first in the pitch as the pitch will be very good for batting in the first 2 days of the match.


Western province batters have posted big totals with their players making big centuries once they are set. Their bowlers too have been good and claimed all 20 wickets in the last game. Knights batters are struggling to convert their starts while their bowlers suffered a hard grind in the last game. We expect Western province to win this match too. 

Western province will win the match


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Author: Dhinesh Kumar