Dayyaan Galiem would be up-beat about his match-haul of eight for 93 in the Sunfoil Three-day Cup match against KwaZulu-Natal at Kingsmead in Durban. Mpilo Njoloza would almost be equally satisfied with his six for 111. And Derek Mitchell and Pieter Malan made telling contributions with the bat as Western Province continued to dominate first-class action in Group A of the competition in which they were a beaten finalist last season.

But the visitors would have feel a tinge of disappointment that they enforced the follow-on after Njoloza had taken 4-35 to reduce Natal to 124, a first-inning deficit of 155.

But Western Province allowed Natal to escape as the hosts finished with 349 in their second innings.

The visitors limped to 42 for five in their second innings as the victory target disappeared quickly and survival became all-important.

For all the shortcomings, Western Province continued to play the brand of first-class cricket that every franchise team would love to emulate.

The confident team sports several emerging stars and they have been on the hunt for the ultimate accolade, the ten bonus points, all season, instead of playing tentatively and defensively.

Galiem’s exploits would have been satisfactory to the Western Province selectors, while Malan continues to march relentlessly towards a 1000 runs in a first-class season.

He has scored 685 runs at an average of 137. Kyle Verreynne, with 367 runs, is the closest to him in terms of being a leading run-scorer by the Cape team.

Galiem, with 22 wickets, is comfortably the leading wicket-taker among the bowlers.

KZN romped to a comfortable eight-wicket win against Province in the CSA One-Day Provincial match on Sunday as the visitors only managed 169 which was surpassed with mechanical ease by the hosts.