NWU and UJ stay on winning track with superb performances

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UJ take Madibaz to the cleaners with big win
The University of Johannesburg continued on their merry way with a dominating 9-wicket victory against the beleaguered NMU Madibaz on Wednesday morning at Senwes Park.

The Madibaz had no answer for UJ’s Joshua Richards who hit his second half-century in as many games with an unbeaten 75 (37). His knock included 6 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 203. This enabled UJ to easily chase down the Madibaz score of 148/7 that they had posted batting first.

The Madibaz struggled early on and were in trouble at 19/4 but their middle order once again dug them out of trouble with Tian Koekemoer (63 off 44) and Solomzi Nqweni (44 off 43) putting on a decent 117 run partnership.

UJ spinner Delano Potgieter was almost untouchable with his 4/23 as the experienced campaigner showed his skills with the ball in the opening overs.

Samsung Man of The Match: Delano Potgieter (UJ)
FNB Best Batsman: Joshua Richards (UJ)
FNB Best Bowler: Delano Potgieter (UJ)
Steers Best Catch: Zane Green (UJ)

Maties pull off surprise win against Tuks
Maties pulled a rabbit out of the hat against Tuks at the Puk Oval with an impressive albeit unexpected 19 run win against the former two time champions. Fritz de Beer’s powerhouse 66 (42) which included 7 sixes, paved the way to victory as Maties put up a challenging 169/4. Interestingly this was the same score that the NWU put up in their victory against Tuks yesterday.

Tuks could not put up a solid partnership as their batsmen got start but no one kicked on when they needed it most. William Sendin was Maties’ hero with the ball as he returned match figures of 4/25. Spinners, Neil Botha (2/20) and Kyle Simmonds (2/28) also put on the brakes with the latter dismissing Ruben Hermann for 23 (17). Botha dismissed both openers, Ivan Kriek and Niel Brand for low scores as Maties showed their intent from the start. Tuks in the end could only get to 151/8 in their 20 overs with Mitchell van Buuren’s 27 being the highest score.

Samsung Man of The Match: Fritz de Beer (Maties)
FNB Best Batsman: Fritz de Beer (Maties)
FNB Best Bowler: William Sendin (Maties)
Steers Best Catch: Kyle Simmonds (Maties)

UWC win battle of the Cape
UWC got the Varsity Cricket campaign back on track with their first win of the competition against UCT at the Ibbies Oval on Wednesday. Their 64 run win was set up with a solid batting display and aggressive bowlers that suffocated UCT’s chances. Mujaahid Toffar hit his first half-century of the tournament (50 off 38) to set up a great 167/7 total in the Western Cape derby. UCT’s bowling unit were not as effective this time around as they seemed to lack the line and length that had served them well in the second round of the tournament.

Just like their bowlers, the UCT batsmen found the going tough as well with only Brandom Tattum with an unbeaten (39* off 51) standing up to the UWC bowling attack. The experienced pace bowling of Lizaad Williams (3/23) was a true highlight to witness as he tore through the UCT batsmen. Thandani Majebe (2/15) also supported Williams well. UWC can be pleased with their performance heading into a crunch encounter with Maties on Thursday.

Samsung Man of The Match: Mujaahid Toffar (UWC)
FNB Best Batsman: 
Mujaahid Toffar (UWC)
FNB Best Bowler: 
Lizaad Williams (UWC)
Steers Best Catch: 
Shabir Mallie (UWC)

UJ keep entertaining with all round performance against CUT
UJ extended their winning run with another walk in the park victory, this time against CUT by 6 wickets. Juan Landsberg’s lighting 40 (25) and another unbeaten innings from Joshua Richards, 25 (23) carried UJ to a comfortable victory. UJ only had to chase 110 in 20 overs after restricting CUT to 109/8.

CUT were never in the game as UJ kept things tight with economical bowling and clever bowling rotations throughout the innings. Chad Claassen (2/16) and Tumelo Thlokwe were the pick of the UJ bowlers at Senwes Park. CUT’s Thiardt Ingram was their best batsman with 21 (15).

Samsung Man of The Match: Juan Landsberg (UJ)
FNB Best Batsman: 
Juan Landsberg (UJ)
FNB Best Bowler: 
Tumelo Thlokwe (UJ)
Steers Best Catch: 
Ryan Rickelton (UJ)

Haasbroek steers NWU to big win against UCT
NWU cruised to a 102 run victory against UCT at the Ibbies Oval on Wednesday. Ruan Haasbroek played one of his best innings for the NWU and the tournament thus far with a breath-taking 90 (42) which included 5 fours and 6 sixes. He was especially brutal in the final over of the innings hitting UCT’s Craig Meier for 5 sixes in one over. Meier had bowled beautifully picking up 2 wickets earlier on, but saw his figures ruined in a matter of a few balls.

Haasbroek’s big hitting boosted NWU to a mammoth score of 200/7 after 20 overs. Haasbroek first anchored the innings and then let lose in the last couple of overs in a mature knock that showcases his talent with the bat. He also got good support from Jean Bredenkamp (30 off 27).

UCT struggled in their reply with Jack Newby retiring hurt early on and the rest of the top order losing their wickets cheaply. At one stage UCT were staring down the barrel at 20/4 after Sean du Plooy picked up 2/9 with his spin bowling in the opening two overs.

Things did not get better for UCT who were pegged back further by Dyllan Matthews (3/21) as they slumped to 98 all out.

It was only Geoffrey Dakin with a gusty 41 (30) who kept up any sort of resistance for the men from Cape Town.

Samsung Man of The Match: Ruan Haasbroek (NWU)
FNB Best Batsman: 
Ruan Haasbroek (NWU)
FNB Best Bowler: 
Shaun du Plooy (NWU)
Steers Best Catch: 
Brandon Tattum (UCT)

NWU put Maties in a spin with 9- run victory
NWU continued their dominance in this year Varsity Cricket campaign with a crushing 91 run win against Maties at Senwes Park on Wednesday night. NWU batted first and hit 195/4 before bowling Maties out for 104.

NWU made a perfect start with Janneman Malan (86 off 51) and Shane Dadswell (65 off 46) putting on a solid 137 run opening partnership.

Dadswell continued his good form with the bat and hit a superb half-century as the NWU pilled on the runs.

Janneman Malan also brought up a half-century of his own shortly thereafter with a couple of thunderous fours and sixes. Malan also played some audacious reverse sweeps and paddles to complement the brute force he showed earlier.

Maties were also not at their best in the field as NWU exploited the gaps with some clever hitting and benefitted from a few missed chances.

Maties needed a breakthrough and Fenito Mehl got the vital wicket of Dadswell with the score on 137.

Jean Bredenkamp then joined Malan and together they added 36 runs before Malan lost his wicket for 86 clean bowled by left-armer, William Sendin.

Ruan Haasbroek, fresh off his 90 against UCT and Van Wyngaardt finished off the innings on 195/4 with Haasbroek losing his wicket with the final ball of the innings.

Maties’ batsmen were not going to go down with a fight and Fritz de Beer led the charge with some crisp hitting in his innings of 36 (23).

NWU got the first big breakthrough when Julian Soutter picked up the wicket of Vezokuhle Mntungwa with his first ball with the score on 42.

De Beer was next to go as man of the match Dyllan Matthews got the crucial wicket with a caught and bowled off his second ball to leave Maties at 63/3.

NWU’s spinners took control thereafter as they kept things tight with economical stump to stump bowling.

Wickets flowed and from 77/3 to 96/8 in the blink of an eye as Matthews confused the living daylights out the Maties batsmen to end with (4/14). Julian Soutter also chipped in with 3/14 from his four overs.

Samsung Man of The Match: Dyllan Matthews (NWU)
FNB Best Batsman: 
Janneman Malan (NWU)
FNB Best Bowler: 
Dyllan Matthews (NWU)
Steers Best Catch: 
Jean Bredenkamp (NWU)

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