T Malatji and G Ramodile scored impressive centuries to lead the University of Limpopo (Turfloop) to an emphatic 247-run trouncing over North West University (Mafikeng) on the first day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) B Week in Oudtshoorn on Monday. This Week keeps university cricket alive and helps to drive Cricket South Africa's (CSA) vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners. The teams have everything to play for; the winning squad will earn automatic promotion to the USSA A Week next season.
North West, who won the toss and chose to field first in their Pool A Section A1 match, did not know what hit them as Malatji scored an exceptional 161 runs, while Ramodile provided grand back up with his 101 to set a massive total of 345/9 at the end of their 50 overs.
The North West batsmen could not survive under the ruthless bowling attack of Limpopo. M Matladi took a notable five wickets for 36 runs to skittle them out for just 99 runs.
In the second Section A1 match Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CUT) beat the University of Zululand by four wickets. Zululand were all out for 118 runs after being asked to bat first by CUT. B Samsoodien returned best bowling figures of five wickets for 38 runs.
It was W Olwagen who contributed a useful 55 runs to lead his side to victory, while the Zululand bowlers struggled to take wickets. This resulting in their ultimate loss.
Hosts Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) opened their Week with a satisfying eight-wicket victory over Durban University of Technology (DUT) in their Pool A Section A2 match. DUT were removed for a cheap 72 runs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. L Volkwyn and B Goeda took 4/13 and 3/7 respectively to achieve this noteworthy feat.
In reply, L Hendricks and W Scholtz scored 30 and 25* to lead their side to an easy victory.
The University of Venda beat Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) by 15 runs in the last Section A2 match, while in Pool B, the University of Fort Hare pulled off an inspired 185-run victory over the University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA).