South Western Districts 229 (McLaren 67, Muller 6-55) beat Western Province 141 (Barnes 31, McMillan 3-16) & 34 (Piedt 7-6) by an innings and 54 runs.
South Western Districts, who were given provisional affiliate status by CSA in August last year, pulled off a stunning coup when they beat Western Province by an innings and 54 runs inside two days in Oudtshoorn. Debutant fast bowler Marcello Piedt took 7 for 6 as Western Province were bowled out for 34 in their second innings.
Piedt has played under-19 cricket but this was his first foray into first-class cricket and he had a match to remember. Bowling alongside Warriors seamer Gurshwin Rabie, he took two wickets in the first innings while Ross McMillan took three as Western Province were dismissed for 141.
Adrian McLaren, a former franchise player at the Knights, held the SWD innings together. His 67 was the only half-century on the card. Another youngster, 19-year old Travis Muller claimed 6 for 55 but SWD took an 88-run lead into their second innings.
The rest of the match belonged to Piedt. He took two wickets each in his second, fourth and fifth overs to ensure Western Province never had a chance. He only needed to bowl ten overs. Rabie and Douglas Baartman cleaned up the rest and SWD had earned a memorable win. The match was SWD’s first of the season, while it was Western Province’s third. They still top the table despite the result but have played more matches than any other team.