At the same time it welcomed the positive response by provinces to CSA’s incentivised plan for the affiliates to give playing opportunities to black African players.
Western Province clinched the title when they beat Eastern Province by an innings and 149 runs in the final round of matches played at the weekend.
“Western Province were indeed worthy champions, having finished their campaign in great style,” said CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat.
“It is pleasing to see the title race going right down to the wire, with North West also in the running in their final match against Northerns. Had they won that match they would have finished a mere 0.12 points behind Western Province. A closely run fight indeed.”
North West were held to a draw after leading by 277 runs in the first innings.
“It was encouraging to see the provinces responding positively to CSA’s incentivised plan for the affiliates to give playing opportunities to more black African players,” Lorgat said.
A total of 74 African players were given opportunities by the 13 franchises and, of these, about half played in at least six of the 13 matches.
“We look forward to seeing some of these talented players progressing through to franchise level,” Lorgat said.
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Inland will be hoping to complete the limited-overs double when they take on Gauteng in the CSA provincial T20 Challenge final in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Earlier this season they won the CSA provincial one-day title. They were clear winners of the southern pool of the T20 Challenge while Gauteng clinched the northern pool ahead of Griquas when they beat Namibia in their final pool match on Sunday.