UWC upset Tuks with superb display
A stunning opening stand of 101 from Tayo Walbrugh (44) and Adrian du Toit (63) set up a memorable and well deserved eight-wicket win against the defending champions Tuks on Tuesday morning at the Puk-Oval.
In the first upset of the tournament, UWC showed that they mean business, while Tuks will do some soul searching after this defeat where their bowlers struggled for wickets.
In a repeat of last year’s final between UWC and Tuks, it was clear to see that UWC wanted to avenge that defeat this year as they elected to bowl first to put the pressure on early.
Lizaad Williams got the breakthrough in the first over getting rid of Donavon Ferreira for 2. That brought in Tuks skipper Tony de Zorzi, who was tipped before the tournament as one of the upcoming stars for the Pretoria side.
He and Sean Phillips started pilling on the runs as they combined for a steady 43-run partnership. That was before Philander got the crucial wicket of De Zorzi LBW for 24. Sheer delight streamed from UWC faces. There was more joy to follow an over later as Allie removed Phillips for 14 caught behind by wicketkeeper, Jean Heunis.
This brought together Thomas Kaber and Rubin Hermann who made UWC pay for a dropped catch and a few missed run-out chances as they moved the score past the 100 mark.
In the end Tuks posted a 142/6 total of from their allotted overs, giving a slight advantage to UWC who definitely fancied their chances.
Williams was the standout bowler for UWC, producing figures of 2/14 in four overs.
UWC got off to a perfect start as Walbrugh flicked Vincent Moore for a first ball boundary. UWC maintained their momentum as Du Toit and Walbrugh were still at the crease after the first 10 overs.
Tuks tried their hardest put could not find a way through until Craig Kirsten got the wicket of Du Toit for 63. Kirsten was by far Tuks best bowler with his accurate line and length causing problems.
UWC though batted superbly as captain Zubayr Hamza finished off the champions contributing 14 runs as they reached their target with 19 balls to spare.
UWC next face UJ next at Senwes Park at 14:00 today in a quick turnaround.
FNB Best Bowler: Lizaad Williams (UWC)
Samsung Man of the Match: Adrian du Toit (UWC)
Steers Best Batsman: Adrian du Toit (UWC)
NWU-Pukke and Janneman Malan off to a flyer
NWU-Pukke got their Varsity Cricket off to a cracking start, beating UCT by 10 wickets on Tuesday morning in Potchefstroom.
The Potchefstroom outfit won the toss and elected to field first. This proved to be the right decision, when UCT were unable to score quick runs.
UCT lost the wickets of Jack Newby and Taaria Chiecktey with successive balls in the ninth over. They put on 55 runs for the first wicket and although it was a slow start, it seemed to give the Capetonians a solid base.
But the middle order was unable to build on the foundation laid by the two opening batsmen. Except for a little cameo innings by Riaz Sader who scored 16 runs of 7 balls, there wasn’t much to write home about.
UCT’s inability to build partnerships in the middle of the innings proved to be their downfall. But credit must also go to the boys from Potchefstroom, who restricted the visitors on most occasions to single runs with clinical fielding.
UCT scored 119/9 in their 20 overs and with a required rate of just 5.95 per over, this would never post a threat to the NWU-Pukke.
The NWU-Pukke were off to a good start, with Janneman Malan tearing the Capetonians’ bowling apart scoring 94 from just 42 balls. Wihan Lubbe, on the other side of the pitch was happy to play the anchor role.
NWU-Pukke reached the total in the tenth over, making their intensions clear for this week. Janneman Malan with an emphatic unbeaten 94 in 42 balls.
FNB Best Bowler: Dyllan Matthews (Pukke)
Steers Best Batsman: Janneman Malan (Pukke)
Samsung Man of the Match: Janneman Malan (Pukke)
Maties make merry with bat in hand against UCT
Maties got their Varsity Cricket campaign off to the best start possible with a 7-wicket win over UCT at the NWU Puk Oval on Tuesday afternoon.
This was down to a tight bowling display and solid batting from Jean Bredenkamp (44) and the long haired left handed batsman, Fritz de Beer (48) that took the men from Stellenbosch to victory as they posted 137/3, chasing 134 for victory.
UCT needed to get their confidence back after enduring a thrashing from Pukke early on in the morning while Maties wanted to get their first win under their belts in this Cape Derby. The latter got exactly what they wanted, while UCT received their second loss of the day.
Jack Newby and Taariq Chiecktey once again got UCT off to a great start as fours and sixes cannoned from both batsmen’s bats in their opening stand of 49. Justin Dill then got Newby to mistime is pull shot which landed into the grateful hands of Jean Bredenkamp.
Chiecktey continued pummelling the Maties attack to all corners of the Puk Oval before hitting one shot too many as he fell to Botha, straight after hitting him for a six.
Two runouts followed as Maties strangled UCT’s momentum away from them. UCT struggled to gain momentum as Maties kept their foot on UCT’s necks leaving UCT at 110/8 with four overs still to go.
In the end UCT stuttered to 133/9 from their 20 overs. Dill ended on figures of 4/16 from his four overs, while Niel Botha took 3/28 in his four.
Maties started their chase with a mix of precision and power as Bredenkamp and De Beer consolidated after losing Tyler Smith early for 7.
They soon turned consolidation into domination with a 93-run partnership.
De Beer and Bredenkamp were cruising before UCT’s Luke Stevens thought he had De Beer caught at the deep, but the umpires ruled the chance in favour of the batsmen.
The next over UCT finally had a wicket as they had Bredenkamp caught at cover for 44 off the bowling of Jordan Leppan. It was though a little too late for UCT as Maties cruised to a win with captain Gerhard Erasmus hitting a quick 23 to take Maties home.
FNB Best Bowler: Justin Dill (Maties)
Samsung Man of the Match: Fritz de Beer (Maties)
Steers Best Batsman: Fritz de Beer (Maties)
Kovsies overcome Madibaz in rollercoaster encounter
Kovsies defeated Madibaz by five wickets on Tuesday afternoon at the Ibbies Oval in their Varsity Cricket clash.
Madibaz won the toss and elected to bat. Mathew Christenson started with a bang, hitting a six from the first ball, however his lifeline was cut short when he was caught LBW by Marno van Greuning.
Michael Hansel (12) and Lloyd Brown (45) both were looking to rip the Bloemfontein boys’ bowling apart, but Kovsies claimed crucial wickets at crucial times. Brown would have been particularly upset with himself, getting stumped at a time he was looking in control.
After Brown’s departure Tian Koekemoer (18) and Solo Ngweni (17) attempted to steer the Madibaz innings to an acceptable score, but the boys from Bloemfontein had other plans in mind. Van Greuning and Ruan Janse van Rensburg both got two wickets, but it was Sean Whitehead who claimed two scalps, only conceding 16 runs in his four overs, which was the pick of the lot.
Madibaz ended on 142/9 in their 20 overs.
Kovsies’ batting started catastrophically when Wihan Victor lost his wicket in the very first over.
Arno Bouwer (24) and Jacobus Dreyer (36) secured the win in the middle order with effective running between the wickets. On more than one occasion they forced two runs, which under normal circumstances would only have been a single
After Bouwer and Dreyers departed, Van Greuning (17*) and Sean Whitehead (23*) put on a 52-run partnership to secure a crucial win for the chaps from Bloemfontein.
This win will keep their hopes alive to achieve Varsity Cricket glory in 2017.
FNB Best Bowler: Sean Whitehead (Kovsies)
Steers Best Batsman: Lloyd Brown (Kovsies)
Samsung Man of the Match: Sean Whitehead (Kovsies)
UJ exact revenge on UWC, defeating them by 10 runs
UWC were unable to chase down UJ’s target of 153 (which became 158 due to the loss of a wicket in the Powerplay Plus over) at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Tuesday afternoon.
Delano Potgieter and Ryan Rickleton took UJ to 11/0 as early as the first over, Potgieter with two boundaries off Luke Philander’s bowling. Lizaad Williams looked to slow things down from the other end, but Rickleton turned on the gas with two fours and UJ were on 22/0 after just two overs.
Chad Fortune pulled UWC back into it; his swing unplayable. Just a single run came off his first over. It was soon 41/0 after four overs, but Fortune seemed a different class as both batsmen swung and missed, eventually trapping Rickleton LBW for 18.
Potgieter went an over later, with Zain Allie nabbing him for 21, and UJ were suddenly 42/2. Captain Niels Bergh stepped up to the crease and smashed a boundary off his second ball.
Stef Kloppers was caught off Adrian du Toit and UJ were beginning to slow at 63/3 after 8.1. Bergh put up a fight, but was trapped LBW by Dawood Christians for 24 and UJ were on 78/4 after 9.4 at the drinks break.
Grant Roelofsen and Broodryk steered UJ to 120/4 until Luke Philander made the breakthrough, getting the free-scoring Roelofsen for 33, caught by Allie in the covers.
UJ took Powerplay Plus over in the 17th over, but Fortune opted to bowl and restricted them to just four runs. Fortune ended with figures of 3/9 and UJ never really picked up steam, eventually setting UWC a target of 153 for victory.
UWC got off to the worst start possible, losing openers Adrian du Toit and Tayo Walbrug in the first over to the bowling of Mat Varner.
At 5/2, Zubayr Hamza and Luke Philander attempted to rebuild the innings early on. Some wayward bowling from Justin Watson helped UWC to 18/2 in the second over and at 29/2 an over later the match was swinging back into the balance.
Hamza and Philander were finding the gaps and scoring freely until the sixth over. In a brilliant move by skipper Bergh, spinner Stef Klopper was brought into the attack and rattled Philander’s wickets with the final delivery of his over. UWC on 53/3. In his next over Klopper drew Ebrahim into a swing only to catch him out of his crease, stumped beautifully by Mofokeng. UWC were struggling on 62/4.
Landsberg struck two balls later, with his first delivery, turning the ball well off the surface and bowling Jean Heunis for a duck.
Hamza and Allie took UWC to 123/5, but Allie was run out in the Powerplay Plus over for 21. UWC were on 123/6, needing 35 from 21. And the loss of Allie in the Powerplay Plus over meant five runs were added to UJ’s score and UWC’s target increased to 158.
With 27 needed off the last 12 it looked a mountain too high to climb. Fortune and Hamza both fell in the final over and UWC fell 10 runs short. UJ exacting revenge over the Capetonians after defeat on the same field a year ago in the 2016 semi-finals.
FNB Best Bowler: Chad Fortune (UWC)
Samsung Man of the Match: Zubayr Hamza (UWC)
Steers Best Batsman: Zubayr Hamza (UWC)
Lubbe steers NWU-Pukke to a 19 run victory
In the main match of the day, NWU-Pukke cruised to a 19 run victory, mainly because of captain Wian Lubbe and his bat. Lubbe put up a score of 86*. NWU-Pukke put up a score of 171/6 while the Madibaz could only manage 152/9.
FNB Best Bowler: Bantu Dandala (NWU-Pukke)
Samsung Man of the Match: Wian Lubbe (NWU-Pukke)
Steers Best Batsman: Wian Lubbe (NWU-Pukke)
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