UWC send UCT into a dizzy spin at NWU Puk Oval
UCT and UWC took to the field on Thursday morning with both sides desperate for a win, but UWC took the initiative with their spinners and opening batsman taking them to a clinical 10-wicket victory at the Puk Oval.
The stars for UWC were the spin trio of Emmanuel Sebareme (2/18), Zain Allie (1/24) and Luke Philander (3/14). In the batting department, openers Tayo Walbrugh 69 (51) and Adrian du Toit 38 (36) took their team home without losing a wicket. It was a one-sided contest from the start as UWC struck with Thandani Majebe trapping Taariq Chiecktey in front for 7.
Jack Newby was the rock for UCT with a solid 36, but he was part of a three-wicket batting collapse as UWC went from 82/2 to 83/5 due to UWC’s spinners. Emmanuel Sebareme and Zain Allie bowled beautifully after the strategy break with guile and accuracy.
UWC’s Luke Philander also joined the party with a hat-trick in the penultimate over as he finished off UCT’s charge with 3/14 in his three overs.
UWC started their chase untroubled as Walbrugh and Adrian du Toit put on a 130-run unbeaten partnership in reply. Du Toit was especially good off his legs with one flick going for six. Walbrugh also favoured the onside boundary with a number of exquisite pull shots, taking a liking to Josh Coetzee’s bowling. It was plain sailing for UWC against their Cape neighbours for the majority of their innings as they reached the 10 over mark at 90/0. The left-hand and right-hand combination and the use of the Powerplay Plus over worked in UWC’s favour as they strolled to a bonus point victory with 33 balls to spare.
FNB Best Bowler: Luke Philander (UWC)
Samsung Man of the Match: Tayo Walbrugh (UWC)
Steers Best Batsman: Tayo Walbrugh (UWC)
UJ put the nail in Kovsies’ coffin
UJ beat Kovsies on Thursday morning convincingly, by 88 runs, in Potchefstroom on Thursday morning.
The Joburg boys won the toss and elected to bat, on a warm Potchefstroom morning. They got off a solid start when Delano Potgieter scored a solid 55 off 45 balls. His innings included a 10, when he hit the giant Samsung phone on the boundary. For this shot his team received 10 runs – the first of the tournament.
Potgieters’ innings lay the foundation for Grant Roelofsen (32*) and Justin Wilson (28*), who tore the Kovsies bowlers apart later on. But Kovsies were also their own worst enemy. Their opening bowler Dylan McKenzie bowled five wide balls in his first over, something that is very costly at this level. But credit must go to the lads from Johannesburg, they had their eyes set on victory, and achieved this. After they lost to Maties on Wednesday, they were in danger of missing out on a place in the play-offs on Saturday.
UJ got to 184/5 in their 20 overs. Kovsies got off to a mediocre start by scoring only 33 in the first five overs. Stephen van Vollenhoven (25) was caught in the gully by Ryan Rickelton off the bowling of Jayden Broodryk. Wihan Victor also contributed 25 runs before he was trapped LBW by Broodryk. After the departure of these two the Kovsies innings slowly fell apart. They only mustered 111/9 in their 20 overs.
FNB Best Bowler: Stephan Klopper (UJ)
Steers Best Batsman: Delano Potgieter (UJ)
Samsung Man of the Match: Stephan Klopper (UJ)
Madibaz defeat UCT to keep their semi-final hopes alive
The NMMU-Madibaz put on a strong batting display to defeat UCT at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday afternoon.
UCT won the toss and elected to field, looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to UWC earlier in the day. But the men from Port Elizabeth had completely different ideas. They were 30/2 after the first two overs thanks to a combination of five boundaries by openers Mathew Christensen and Kevin Carroll, and the four wides by Stuart Cox in his first over.
UCT would have been relieved to have claimed the wicket of Christensen an over later thanks to the bowling of Kieran Hayne. But it was to be brief respite as the incoming Lloyd Brown along with Carroll, continued where the openers had left off. Madibaz had a slight hiccup when Carroll and Vian Marnitz fell in the space of five balls, the latter going for a duck. But a steady partnership ensued and Aubrey Ferreira put on a quick-fire 31. Brown steadied reached 50 in some style with a six off the penultimate over.
Madibaz ended on 170/5, setting UCT 171 for victory. The Capetonians got off to a much steadier, more controlled start than the Madibaz. Jack Newby and Taariq Chiektey took UCT to 22/0 in the first three overs.
In the fourth over Jason Davidson got the breakthrough, as Chiektey edged through to Vian Marnitz, who took a diving catch. Madibaz on 25/1. In the second ball after strategy break Junaid Dawood struck, trapping Brandan Tattum LBW.
Madibaz took the Powerplay Plus in the 12th over but would have been disappointed when Jack Newby was bowled and his team lost five runs. Wickets were in UCT’s favour, only four down, but the scoreboard wasn’t. They needed 65 off the final five overs after Matthew Hawken was runout taking an unnecessary second run.
Jamie Rood was bowled looking to go big, as the scoreboard pressure started to tell. Luke Stevens went after facing just two balls, then Jordan Leppan. Stuart Cox looked UCT’s last hope, but he too fell, caught on the boundary as UCT needed 37 to win off 10.
In the end UCT were all out for 146 with two balls remaining. Jason Davidson chief destroyer with 4/14.
FNB Best Bowler: Jason Davidson (Madibaz)
Steers Best Batsman: Lloyd Brown (Madibaz)
Samsung Man of the Match: Lloyd Brown (Madibaz)
Powerplay Plus takes Tuks to unbelievable two-wicket win
Unbelievable, breathtaking and unexpected. This is one way to describe the amazing match between Tuks and Maties. Tuks used the Powerplay Plus over to maximum effect to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, as they beat Maties by two wickets in a thriller at the Puk Oval on Thursday afternoon.
When Tukkies were 124/8, they needed more than 17 runs to the over, but Craig Kirsten was undeterred as he hit Niel Botha for 32 runs in the power play plus over to swing the game into Tuks’ favour.
Kirsten ended on 34 from 17 balls as he hit the winning boundary with four balls to spare to overhaul Maties’ 168/6. It was a win from nowhere as Tuks looked dead and buried. Tuks have now broken Maties’ undefeated record at this year’s tournament.
Maties won the toss and batted first as they aimed to put Tuks under pressure from ball one. Fritz de Beer and Tyler Smith made a solid start putting on 56 for the first wicket. De Beer was oozing with confidence as he played some fantastic pull shots and late cut shots to the fence.
Tuks finally got the breakthrough from the pacey Kirsten who had Smith caught for 19. De Zorzi was in the action again as the Tuks captain took another catch, this time to dismiss Jean Bredenkamp for 9 off the bowling of Thomas Kaber. This did not deter de Beer though, and together with Gerhard Erasmus they took the Tuks bowling to the sword with some big hitting. De Beer hit 75 from 62 balls before Blake Schraader got his wicket with his off-spin bowling. Schraader then struck in the same over as he got Erasmus for 16, stumped down the leg-side.
Gerhard Janse Van Vuuren and Niel Botha were brutal in the final over as they smashed Kirsten for massive sixes to lift the score to 168/6 in their 20 overs.
Maties continued momentum with the ball as opening bowlers Divan Odendaal and Justin Dill kept things tight in the mandatory power play. Sean Phillips and Ivan Kriek got their eye in and they started hitting the middle of the bat regularly. Fenito Mehl then stepped up for Maties as he had Kriek stumped for 10 with the score on 39. Maties were jubilant as they could sense the game swinging in their direction.
Mehl was the key destroyer for Maties as he got the big scalp of Kaber as well for 8. Rubin Herman’s runout for 4 did not help the defending champions either as they reached 5/57 after 10 overs.
Blake Schraader was defiant though and kept Tuks in the game with a belligerent 47 before Justin Dill got the crucial breakthrough just before the Powerplay Plus over. This was where Maties’ luck ended as Kirsten took control to win the match for Tuks in an unbelievable come-from-behind victory. Champion mentality is definitely still strong in this Tuks team.
Varsity Cricket at its best!
FNB Best Bowler: Fenito Mehl (Maties)
Samsung Man of the Match: Craig Kirsten (Tuks)
Steers Best Batsman: Fritz de Beer (Maties)
Unstoppable Pukke hit 52 runs of Powerplay Plus over, defeating Kovsies
Pukke are still undefeated in the 2017 Varsity Cricket tournament after beating Kovsies by 29 runs in Potchefstroom on Thursday.
Pukke won the toss and elected to bat. They posted a massive 199/6 in their innings, scoring 52 runs from the final over, the Powerplay Plus over. Kovsies got the important early wicket of Wihan Lubbe for 1 in the second over. Janneman Malan, however, stayed calm and kept the scoreboard ticking. He played some flamboyant shots in his innings of 29. The trademark of a classy team is that they keep the scoreboard ticking. Something that the Pukke have done consistently. Kovsies were chasing the ball to every corner of the park. Marques Ackerman with a steady 56 was the pick of the batsmen.
At the end of the innings Jovuan van Wyngaardt (37*) and Lesego Senokwane (12*) helped Pukke reach 199/6 in their 20 overs. Kovsies never looked able to chase this massive score, as Wihan Victor lost his wicket in the fourth over for 6 runs. At that stage Kovsies only had 16 runs on the scoreboard. Stephen van Vollenhoven (26) and Jacobus Dreyer (34) provided some resistance, but never enough to ensure a win for the lads from Bloemfontein.
Kovsies ended on 170/7 in their 20 overs, losing by 29 runs.
FNB Best Bowler: Dyllan Matthews (Pukke)
Steers Best Batsman: Marques Ackerman (Pukke)
Samsung Man of the Match: Juvian van Wyngaardt (Pukke)
The orange army’s soldier leads UJ to Gauteng derby victory with a ton
Stefan Klopper smashed the fastest ever Varsity Cricket century as his 101* from 52 balls took UJ to a crushing 98-run win against UP-Tuks at Senwes Park on Thursday.
It was a Gauteng derby in Potchefstroom on Thursday between UJ and UP-Tuks as they faced each other in round four of this year’s Varsity Cricket tournament. UJ won the toss and elected to bat first as Delano Potgieter and Ryan Rickleton stepped to the crease. Migael Pretorius claimed UJ’s first wicket of the match and sent Potgieter (11) back to the change room with 15/1 up after 2.1 overs.
The partnership (167*) between Rickleton and Stefan Klopper looked to put UJ up for a big score for the defending champions to chase. Just before the strategy break UJ managed to put up a classy performance as the scoreboard ticked over to triple figures to put them 104/1 after 10 overs. In the 15th over UJ called the Powerplay Plus and secured another 14 runs to add to their total of 165/1 with UP-Tuks’ Pretorius impressive bowling performance.
Craig Kirsten claimed the crucial wicket of Rickleton (77) as he went for 77 runs off 49 balls to break the 167-run partnership between Rickleton and Klopper. It was Klopper who stole the limelight with his superb batting performance as he claimed his 100 off just 52 balls for UJ to put the score on 211/2 after 16.3 overs.
Grant Roelofsen (17*) supported Klopper (101*) as they put themselves in a favourable position to claim the match with a final score of 223/2 after 20 overs. Up-Tuks looked to chase the total of 224 runs as Sean Phillips and Donavon Ferreira stepped onto the field. UJ’s Justin Watson quickly took the two wickets of Phillips (3) and Ferreira (2) to put him on a hattrick but UP Tuks survived on a score of 6/2 after the end of over two.
With two new batsmen Thomas Kaber (12) and Rubin Hermann to the crease it was a great catch by Neels Bergh and bowling by Kofi Apea-Adu which secured the third wicket for UJ to put UP- Tuks on 20/3 after 5.1 overs.
Matthew Varner from UJ claimed the wicket of Blake Schraader as he went out for a duck 22/4 after 5.5 overs. It’s UP-Tuks’s Rubin Hermann and Tony de Zorzi who look to build a partnership as they require 193 runs with six wickets and 13 overs left. A runout effort by UJ got the wicket of de Zorzi (7) as he left the field with UP-Tuks on 61/5 after 10 overs. UJ kept the wickets falling as Herman (34) left the field with UP-Tuks 66/6 up after 11 overs. A fantastic catch from Watson got rid of Pretorius (24) as UP-Tuks stared down the barrel of defeat.
The last three wickets of UP-Tuks fell cheaply as UJ romped to a 98-run victory.
FNB Man of the Match: Justin Watson (UJ)
Steers Best Batsman: Stefan Klopper (UJ)
Samsung Player of the Match: Stefan Klopper (UJ)