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Western Province cricket team

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Western Province cricket team

Western Province cricket team is the team representing Western Cape province in domestic first-class cricket in South Africa. The team began playing in January 1890 and its main venue has always been Newlands in Cape Town.


  • Currie Cup (18) - 1892–93, 1893–94, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1908–09, 1920–21, 1931–32, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04; shared (3) - 1921–22, 1969–70, 1989–90
  • Standard Bank Cup (5) - 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 2002–03
  • South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge (1) - 2010–11
  • South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge (0) -
  • Gillette Cup/Nissan Shield (5) - 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1988–89

Club history

Under the reorganisation of professional South African cricket in the 1990s and more recently, Western Province joined with Boland to form the side that now plays in the SuperSport Series under the name Cape Cobras and divides its time between Newlands and the Boland Park ground in Paarl. Western Province still competes under its provincial name in the UCB Provincial series.

As Western Province, the team won the SuperSport Series (under its previous names, as the Currie Cup and the Castle Cup) 18 times.


Venues have included:

  • Newlands, Cape Town (main venue 1890–present)
  • RJE Burt Oval, Cape Town (occasional venue Nov 1976 - Oct 1991)
  • Boon Wallace Oval, Cape Town (occasional venue Dec 1985 - Jan 1992)
  • PP Smit Stadium, Bellville, Cape Town (occasional venue Dec 1997 - Oct 2002)


  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions

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