Maties master the Powerplay Plus to end Pukke’s unbeaten run
The Maties side showed the NWU-Pukke how to use a Powerplay Plus over as they put a stop to the unbeaten record of the home side. They won the match by four wickets with seven balls remaining.
The men from Stellenbosch won the toss and elected to send in the opening pair of the NWU-Pukke to the crease.
Jay Stevens from Maties, with a brilliant catch, claimed a huge wicket of the dangerous Janneman Malan for just 1. He came into the game in top form, but left his team 10/1 after 1.1 overs on the scoreboard.
A huge wicket came for Maties when there was a misunderstanding between Ackerman and Lubbe. The visitors managed to get the wicket of captain Lubbe (10) as he left his team on 24/2 after 4.1 overs.
The 100 came up in style for the NWU-Pukke, but they couldn’t celebrate long, as Marques Ackerman (50) departed just after his 50 runs off 42 balls to put the home team 103/3 after 13 overs.
The hands of Maties’ Neil Botha secured another NWU-Pukke wicket as Dadswell departed for 42 runs off 27 balls with NWU-Pukke on 114/4 after 14.1 overs on the board.
Edrich Lubbe came to the crease but could unfortunately not join the batting party as he was caught off guard by an LBW and departed for a golden duck to leave the home side on 114/5 after 14.2 overs.
Wickets tumbled quickly with the dismissal of Jovaun van Wyngaard (1) followed by Lesego Senokwane (0) who joined the golden ducks with Pukke on 117/7 after the 15.5 overs.
A brilliant over was bowled by Stevens from Maties, as the NWU-Pukke called the Powerplay Plus over. They added only 12 runs to put their score on 144/7 after 19 overs.
The NWU-Pukke ended their innings on 157/7 after 20 overs.
After half time, Tyler Smith and Fenito Mehl from Maties stepped to the crease to put them 32/0 up after 3.3 over. Mehl (10) departed with a great catch by the youngster Bantu Dandala, as well as a great catch by Janneman Malan to dismiss the wicket of Tyler Smith (15) from Wihan Lubbe’s bowling to put Maties on 34/2 after 6 overs.
Dandala also contributed to the wickets as he claimed the wicket of Jean Bredenkamp (13) who left his side on 55/3 after 9.1 overs. Matthews and Lubbe teamed up to steal the seventh wicket of Gafieldien (10) as Maties tried to bat their way to 158.
Van Wyngaardt joined the party when he took the wicket of Gerhard Janse van Rensburg (5) with Maties on 86/5 after 13.4 overs. Another strike by Van Wyngaardt had Nathan Mnomgezuluas (8) walking back to the dugout. He departed for 8 runs of 10 balls.
Maties called the Powerplay Plus over in the second last over as Botha and Erasmus each hit two sixes to put an end the NWU-Pukke’s unbeaten record.
The last over of the match belonged to the Maties side as the won by four wickets with an over to spare.
Steers Best Batsman of the Match: Gerhard Erasmus (Maties)
Samsung Player of the Match: Gerhard Erasmus (Maties)
FNB Best Bowler of the Match: Niel Botha (Maties)
Defending Varsity Cricket Champions beat a hapless Madibaz side
University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) won their final group stage match by beating the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Madibaz) by 36 runs on Friday at the NWU-Puk Oval in Potchefstroom.
Madibaz were off to a flying start when Jason Davidson claimed the wicket of Sean Phillips in the opening over, caught behind by wicket-keeper Vian Maritz. All-rounder Thomas Kaber carried the Tuks batting innings on his shoulders. The former Affies player was the highest scorer for UP-Tuks on 62 as he steered his side to a score of 169/8 in their allotted twenty overs.
Captain Tony de Zorzi was next in and somewhat steadied the innings for the defending champions. De Zorzi along with opener Jiveshan Pillay kept the scoreboard ticking with a partnership of 25 runs for the second wicket. It was however short-lived as the Madibaz struck in quick succession, Pillay in the fifth and de Zorzi in the sixth over for 6 and 24 runs respectively.
Eighteen-year-old Pillay played a mistimed slog from the brilliant bowling of Solo Nqweni, which found the top edge of his bat and taken comfortably at mid-wicket by Tian Koekemoer. In the following over, Koekemoer struck again, this time with the ball as he bowled de Zorzi for 24.
Rubin Hermann and Kaber, in similar fashion to de Zorzi and Phillips, seemed as though their partnership would bring some stability to the Tuks innings. The men from Pretoria just couldn’t get the right momentum to establish a good run chase for the Madibaz. With the score on 65/3 in the tenth over, Koekemoer struck again when he clipped the bails of Hermann. Suddenly, halfway through their innings, UP-Tuks found themselves in desperate need of a few runs. In the 11th over Kirwin Christoffels delivered a gem of a ball which sent Blake Schraader packing after adding just two runs to his side’s score.
Tuks found themselves at 67/5 and posting any decent total for the Madibaz was a huge ask. Right hand-batsmen Thomas Kaber along with Migael Pretorius restored the dignity of the defending champions. The Powerplay Plus Over worked very well for Tuks, they scored nine runs which was doubled and brought up their century, 106/5. The pair posted a healthy partnership of 55 runs, with Kaber making his half-century and Pretorius supporting him brilliantly by adding 21 runs before he was bowled by Brad Haller in the 16thover with Tuks on 122/6.
In his fourth and final over Jason Davidson claimed the very important wicket of the in-form Kaber after Koekemoer took a brilliant catch on the long-off boundary. The Namibian-born bowler claimed the wicket of Abel Mokhuane off his last delivery in the 19th over, Tuks were on 151/8. A massive 17 runs, which included two fours and a six, was added by Craig Kirsten and Ruben Trumpelmann in the final over of the Tuks’ innings, setting a target of 169 for Madibaz at a run rate of 8.72 per over.
The Madibaz were off to a rather shaky start, they lost the wicket of Michael Hansel in the opening over when Pillay took a catch while running in off the long-on boundary, off the bowling of Pretorius. Madibaz only managed to add 20 runs over in their first four overs before another wicket fell. Wicket-keeper Maritz played a rather indecisive shot which was comfortably taken at deep mid-wicket by Pretorius. Madibaz soon found themselves in worrisome conditions, with a run rate of 5.00, almost half of what was required, on 32/2.
Craig Kirsten dealt another devastating blow for the Madibaz when he took the wicket of Mathew Christensen which meant that both batsmen at the crease were new with the score on 42/3. The right-hand batsman added 26 runs.
Just before drinks the top scoring batsman for Tuks, Kaber, stepped up and took the wicket of Koekemoer, trapped before his wicket, LBW.
Madibaz called for the Powerplay Plus Over ahead of the 12th over, at this stage they required 108 from 48 deliveries. They could only add 15 runs but what made the 12th over even more painful for the Port Elizabeth side was when Onke Nyaku was forced to retire on seven runs after he picked a nasty injury that did not allow him to continue batting.
Madibaz were on 76/4 with a run rate of 6.33 but requiring 11.62 runs per over. The Tuks bowling attack restricted the Madibaz’ batsmen, Solo Ngweni and Aubrey Ferreira, to just nine runs in the 13th and 14thover. Ngweni was the next to head back into the locker rooms after he was run-out for 18 runs, Madibaz were 94/4 and in serious trouble. Next to go out was Ferreira, caught and bowled by Kaber.
Despite requiring a mammoth 18 runs per over for a victory, the Madibaz never gave up. Kevin Carroll and Davidson stood their ground, but matters seemed to be getting worse for Madibaz when Carroll lost his wicket in 18th over.
Madibaz needed 55 runs off the last two overs, which meant they needed to score 27 runs from 12 balls. Davidson hit a six and four off the first two balls of the 19th over, which seemed like light there was light at the end of the tunnel after all. A carefully placed short-ish delivery from Kirsten tempted Davidson to pull the ball for the maximum, but the ball did not clear the boundary rope which de Zorzi comfortably took. Tuks went onto to secure a (44) run victory and with that qualify for the 2017 Varsity Cricket semi-finals on Saturday.
FNB Best Bowler: Craig Kirsten (Tuks)
Steers Best Batsman: Thomas Kaber (Tuks)
Samsung Man of the Match: Thomas Kaber (Tuks)
Christians’ bowling performance clinched a victory for UWC
Dawood Christians from UWC took the lead in the bowling department to lead his team to a victory over Kovsies in this year’s Varsity Cricket tournament.
UWC won the toss and elected to field first as Christians took two quick wickets to put him on a hat-trick, but Kovsies survived on 2/2 runs at the end of the first over.
With the men from the University of the Free State on the back foot, it was Wihan Victor and Siphamandla Mavanda out in the middle to end, what can be described as an intense over, on 8/2 after three overs.
A steady partnership of 51 runs between Victor and Mavanda ensured that the scoreboard kept on ticking for 52/2 after 10.3 overs. Christians bagged his third Kovsies wicket thanks to some brilliant bowling and a catch to send Victor (28) back to the locker room with Kovsies on 6/3 after 11.3 overs.
Arno Bouwer (8) lost his wicket as he was caught by the safe hands of Mamhiyo to leave Kovsies on 80/4 after 14.3 overs. Kovsies ended off their batting innings as Mavanda (56*) got his 50 alongside Dilivio Ridgaard (23*) to end things for Kovsies on a score of 127/4 after 20 overs.
UWC needed to chase 128 runs to stay in the competition as Tayo Walbrugh and Adrian Du Toit stepped to the crease as they showed a solid start to put UWC 24/0 on the scoreboard after two overs.
Marno van Greuning with a superb catch in the outfield secured the first wicket of UWC’s Walbrugh (6) to send Kovsies into over three with a score of 24/1 after 2.4 overs.
As Du Toit (44) looked to approach his half century, wicketkeeper Dilivio Ridgaard and bowler Ruan Van Rensburg contributed to the second wicket of the match and left Kovsies on 57/2 after six overs.
The two new batsmen for UWC; Zubayr Hamza (38*) and Godwill Mamhiyo (15*), kept running between the wickets to put their side 78/2 after 10 overs.
After the strategy break, the UWC called for the Powerplay Plus over as the two batsmen at the crease lead them to victory over Kovsies.
UWC clinched the match by eight wickets. Their tournament unfortunately coming to an end, finishing fifth on the log, as Madibaz failed to defeat Tuks.
Steers Best Batsman of the Match: Siphamandla Mavanda (UWC)
Samsung Player of the Match: Dawood Christians (UWC)
FNB Best Bowler of the Match: Dawood Christians (UWC)
UJ dispatch of UCT to reach the semi-finals
UJ reach the semi-finals after beating UCT comfortably, by seven wickets, at Ibbies Oval on Friday afternoon.
UCT won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping to end their tournament off on a high, by moving up off the bottom of the table, while third-placed UJ were hoping to cement their spot in the semifinals for a second year in succession.
UCT’s talented opener, Taariq Chiecktey left quacking for a duck and would have been disappointed to end his tournament with a zero to his name after what has been a fine individual performance with the bat in 2017.
The KES boy, Dean Horn was causing all sorts of problems with his pace and soon had Hlumelo Notoko trapped LBW. An over later, when Stefan Klopper trapped Brandan Tattam LBW, UCT were staring down the barrel early on at 24/3. Shortly after UCT reached the 50 mark, Matthew Hawken was bowled for 11 and UCT were on 52/4 after 10 overs, needing something special to dig themselves out of trouble.
Jack Newby still at the crease on 26, but watching his brothers in arms fall at the other end.
UCT took the Powerplay Plus in the 14th, but lost Josh Coetzee just two balls in. They managed 87/6 with five overs to play and Jack Newby still at the crease.
Newby reached his 50 at almost a run a ball, seeming to be immune to the problems his partners were experiencing at the other end. Dylan Beavan and Newby struggled to find the boundary for more than three overs and eventually pressure told as Beavan was caught and UCT were 101/7 with two overs to play.
Newby soldiered on and helped UCT post 111/7, scoring more than half of their runs himself.
UJ looked eager to finish off the match early, secure their top four spot and get some rest ahead of their semi-final tomorrow. Reaching 42/0 in the sixth over, Delano Potgieter went, caught off Hlumelo Notoko for 4. Ryan Rickleton continued to dazzle with the bat, smashing it around at a strike rate of around 162. Stefan Klopper, who was rested in the previous match following his ton at Senwes Park last night, went for just 6. But captain Neels Bergh and Rickelton did the dirty work, taking UJ to within 12 runs of victory before Rickelton departed for 60 off 40.
Bergh hit a boundary with UJ needing a single run for victory, easing his side to a seven-wicket victory.
FNB Best Bowler: Dean Horn (UJ)
Steers Best Batsman: Ryan Rickelton (UJ)
Samsung Man of the Match: Ryan Rickelton (UJ)
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