The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) boasted an overall 4 % improvement on last year’s result and concluded the season as one of the top-franchises with respect to the overall CSA Incentive Scorecard, said Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, at the annual general meeting on Wednesday.
“The WPCA achieved it without the capacity which could have been the difference between winning and losing,” Williams said. Whilst the core business of CSA is cricket, the WPCA ended second in the country in cricket services.
The Association had to manage the challenges in the province with water shortages and its concomitant effects which included poor pitches, outfields and the curtailment of fixtures which was already a reality in the past season, Williams explained.
The youthful professional squad and several newcomers were at the heart of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ revival which resulted in two semi-finals’ appearances, he said.
WPCA hosted a CSA club cricket roadshow in June to align the 50 over and T20 playing conditions and to focus on the club quality index, added Williams.
The task team and the support of the clubs are critical in the existence of WPCA going forward. Club cricket is the lifeblood of cricket and excellent club performances have on numerous occasions been the springboard to greatness, Williams added.
He congratulated the WP women’s team who achieved the domestic double and had won 13 of their last 15 tournaments.
He also hailed the inclusion of five players in the South Africa A squads, an accolade which reflects a healthy and efficient pipeline.
The WPCA also produced the curator of the year as Evan Flint scooped the award for a second successive season despite the water restrictions and its resulting impact, Williams said.
Omar Sonday noted in his treasurer’s overview that WPCA had successfully completed the year with a surplus of R2.13 million compared to the previous year’s surplus of R3.82 million.
A major contributing factor to the current year’s financial performance is the increase in international matches hosted. The hosting of the Indian test match, ODI and T20 Internationals and Australian cricket test resulted in approximately 125 590 cricket fans accessing the PPC Newlands ground.
In seeking and identifying revenue opportunities to ensure the sustainability of the association in developing cricket in the Western Cape, the stadium hosted the Heart FM musical festival and the Fifa World Cup concert in this year.
Further enhancement of this surplus was a result of the operational model’s focus on activity based expenditure and deliberate and effective financial/treasury management, Sonday said.
The board was re-elected unopposed at the meeting. The office bearers are Beresford Williams (president), Nic Kock (vice-president), Omar Sonday (treasurer). The non-independent directors on the board is Johannes Adams, Ashraf Burns, Fezile Mguqulwa and Richard Noor. The independent directors are Mustaq Brey, Fagmeedah Peterson-Cook (lead director), Itumeleng Langeni, Suliman Mahomed, Mandla Mgogoshe and Garth van Gensen.
Noor, newly elected non-independent director, has been the managing director of a manufacturing company the past twelve years. He boasts experience in corporate governance and strategic management.
Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA, noted in his written report that this probably will be his last report. “It has been an incredible journey. I have enjoyed it, albeit with significant challenges at times, but a worthwhile one given the outcomes,” he added.