Pukke overcome tricky UWC

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Captain Wihan Lubbe leads from the front after a superb innings.

Madibaz claim UWC skull

Madibaz beat UWC by two wickets on Wednesday afternoon to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive. Madibaz won the toss and elected to field first. UWC got off to a slow start with only 41 runs coming from the first five overs.

Adrian du Toit and Tayo Walbrugh put on 42 runs for the first wicket before Walburgh was caught leg-before-wicket by Christoffels. Adrian du Toit hit 55 from 33 balls, before he was caught on the boundary trying another flamboyant shot.

Although UWC did not lose many wickets, the runs dried up in the middle of the innings. Zubayr Hamza scored 26 runs, but apart from him and Du Toit there was not much to write home about.

By restricting the chaps from the Western Cape to 145/6, Madibaz would feel they were still in with a chance.

Madibaz started their run chase slowly, after five overs they only had 30 runs on the scoreboard. But they were peddling on quite nicely, not risking big shots, but keeping the scoreboard ticking.

But after the departure of Mathew Christensen who scored a patient 20 from 30 balls, one got the feeling UWC lost a bit of initiative.

Madibaz were hungry for a victory.

Aubrey Ferreira’s 17 from 20 balls and Vian Maritz’s 31* from 25 balls kept their foot on the pedal. In the end it was Onke Nyaku with 20* from 11 balls securing the victory.


FNB Best Bowler: Zain Allie (UWC)

Steers Best Batsman: Adrian du Toit (UWC)

Samsung Man of the Match: Adrian du Toit (UWC)

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Captain Wihan Lubbe leads from the front after a superb innings.

Maties remain undefeated after convincing victory over UJ

The men in maroon beat UJ by 67 runs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Wednesday afternoon, to remain undefeated in 2017.
Maties won the toss and and elected to bat first. Tyler Smith and Fritz de Beer getting off to a slow start thanks to the bowling of Justin Watson and Dean Horn.
In the third over Justin Watson bowled an absolute peach, as the ball swung back in and removed De Beer’s stumps. A vital wicket, considering De Beer’s form. Maties were 7/1.

Tyler Smith and Jean Bredenkamp were living dangerously, top-edging and a narrow runout miss. Smith turned on the gas in the fifth over, hitting a couple boundaries in succession, and narrowly missed being runout in the next over, taking a risky run. The TV umpire deciding he was home safe, by a matter of inches.

Maties were trudging along at 34/1 after six overs. As he has done so often, Klopper got the breakthrough when he found Smith driving straight, comfortably into the hands of Watson.

Poor fielding let UJ down, leaking fours and dropping catches. But luckily Juan Landsberg broke the 54-run partnership, getting Bredenkamp to attack a wide ball, which was caught by Dean Horn in the covers. Maties were now 89/3. Erasmus came in and took it upon himself to anchor the innings, helping Maties to 113/3 with five overs to play.

He reached his 50 off just 30 balls in the 17th over. Hitting four boundaries in succession, he punished Broodryk, until the bowler clean-bowled him off his final delivery. It was 139/4 with three overs remaining.
Maties took their Powerplay Plus over in the final over, but Klopper capitalised, nabbing the wicket of Isma-eel Galfieldien and Maties ended on 172/5.

Maties had the first wicket, Klopper stumped off Botha in the third over as UJ began on 10/1. Stevens got the second breakthrough, trapping the captain Neels Bergh LBW just as UJ started scoring freely. They moved to 36/2 off 6.2.
The Maties bowling attack were brilliant with their line and length, restricting the usually free-scoring Grant Roelofsen and Ryan Rickleton. In contrast to UJ, the Maties fielding effort was superb.
Roelofsen was caught brilliantly by Gafieldien coming in from the long off boundary. There was another stumping as UJ fell to 46/4. A carbon copy of Botha’s first wicket.

Shortly after that there was a complete mix-up and UJ’s Whitelaw was runout, UJ now 47/5. Botha was destructive, knocking over Broodryk’s stumps and nabbing his third and everything crumbled from there. UJ lost their final four wickets for just 19 runs and ended on 105, 67 runs short.


FNB Best Bowler: Niel Botha (Maties)

Steers Best Batsman: Gerhard Erasmus (Maties)

Samsung Man of the Match: Niel Botha (Maties)

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UWC’s Tayo Walbrugh leaves defeated as NWU-Pukke restricts UWC to 131, a score they successfully chased.

Tuks stroll past Kovsies as they find their next gear

The defending champions, Tuks, had little problems getting past Kovsies, winning by seven wickets in Potchefstroom on Wednesday afternoon.
Kovsies won the toss and elected to bat. Wihan Victor couldn’t follow up hi 97* from the previous match and fell for a disappointing 1, caught behind by Herman off the bowling of Ruben Trumpelmann. It would get worse the following over when Pretorius grabbed the wicket of Jacobus Dreyer and Kovsies were down to 8/2.

Arno Bouwer and Siphamandla Mavanda attempted to rebuild the innings, but Thomas Kaber, who would have a fine outing with the ball, removed Bouwer’s stumps and Kovsies were three down at 20/3.

Dylan Francis was a lone ranger, holding things together for Kovsies, while his partners tumbled at the other end, eventually ending on an unbeaten 39.
Although Kovsies still had five wickets remaining they could only muster a low 98/5 thanks to the pinpoint accuracy by the Tuks bowling department.
Tuks would have thought it would be smooth sailing, but Kovsies had them in trouble early on, when Tuks lost Donavon Ferreira for 1 in the second over. But Ivan Kriek and Tony de Zorzi took the Pretoria men to a respectable 43, before De Zorzi fell for 20.
Thomas Kaber was runout four balls later and there was a glimmer of hope for Kovsies with Tuks on 45/3. But Rubin Hermann and Kriek steered the defending champions home comfortably, as they reached 99/3 in just over 10 overs, winning by seven wickets.

FNB Best Bowler: Thomas Kaber (Tuks)

Steers Best Batsman: Ivan Kriek (Tuks)

Samsung Man of the Match: Ivan Kriek (Tuks)


Pukke overcome tricky UWC

NWU-Pukke remain undefeated as they beat UWC by six wickets on Wednesday at Senwes Park in round two of the Varsity Cricket tournament.

The visitors from the Western Cape, UWC, won the toss and elected to bat first.

A perfect first over by NWU-Pukke’s bowler Wihan Lubbe put the home side in a favourable position as he took two early wickets, that of Adrian Du Toit (0) and Luke Philander (0) putting UWC in a very uncomfortable position with 1/2 after 0.5 overs on the scoreboard.

Captain Wihan Lubbe took another one for the home side- to end of Zubayr Hamza (0) with the scoreboard at 6/3 after three overs. UWC’s Tayo Walbrugh was still going strong in the middle when Aaqil Ebrahim joined him. Jovuan van Wyngaardt followed in the footsteps of his captain and took the wicket of Aaqil Ebrahim (0) with a great catch by Edrich Lubbe to end his innings with a duck.

Jean Heunis hoped to support Tayo Walbrugh at the crease as they put UWC 34/4 up after 7.1 overs. What looked like a catch quickly turned into a runout with NWU-Pukke’s crafty wicket keeper Edrich Lubbe running out the batsman after the umpire signalled no ball, and Walbrugh (26) was sent to the changing room with 26 runs off 29 balls.

Matthew joined the bowling party in style when he bowled both Zain Allie (4) and CWJ Fortune (0) which put him at a hat-trick attempt. With a closing attempt, Matthew managed to restrict UWC to a score of 57/7 after 11 overs.

After the two quick wickets, the new batsman Dawood Christians joined Jean Heunis out in the middle to put UWC 71/7 up at the end of the 14th over.

Ruan Haasbroek bagged the eighth wicket of Jean Heunis (24) for the NWU-Pukke which left UWC 77/8 after 15 overs.

Warren Stoman, the new batsman up for UWC with Dawood Christians, called for the Powerplay Plus over and secured a score of 81/8 after 16 overs.

Dawood Christians (16) was runout by the NWU-Pukke side to leave the UWC boys with a score of 109/9 after 18 overs. Lizaad Williams (3) saw UWC to a final score of 130/9 after 20 overs.

NWU-Pukke needed 131 runs to win as Wihan Lubbe and Janneman Malan opened the batting. UWC’s Lizaad Williams with the safe hands of Dawood Christians claimed their first wicket of Janneman Malan (2) which put NWU-Pukke 18/1 up after 3.5 overs.

A superb catch by UWC’s Chad Fortune sent the captain of the home side Wihan Lubbe (31) off the field with 31 runs off 22 balls. NWU-Pukke were 38/2 after 5.3 overs on the scoreboard.

With a great catch by Jean Heunis, UWC got the wicket of Marques Ackerman (8) to add a wicket to the NWU-Pukke’s score of 41/3 after 6.1 overs.

Ruan Haasbroek and Edrich Lubbe built a partnership of 28 runs out in the middle before Haasbroek (13) ended his innings with 13 runs off 10 balls.

But it was the 63-run partnership of Hanco Olivier (13) and Edrich Lubbe (53) that kept the NWU-Pukke undefeated in this year’s tournament so far, after round three.

The NWU-Pukke won by 6 wickets with 26 balls remaining.


FNB Best Bowler of the Match Award: Wihan Lubbe (NWU-Pukke)

Samsung Player of the Match: Wihan Lubbe (NWU-Pukke)

Steers Best Batsman of the Match: Edrich Lubbe (NWU-Pukke)


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