Pool A saw two matches ending with massive margins on the penultimate day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) B Week on Thursday. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU Georg campus) were once again big winners when they trampled over the University of Zululand, beating them by an astounding 254 runs.
The tournament's leading batsman, W Scholtz (134) scored his third century in the week to help his side post a 340-run target for Zululand. J Olivier, who has been a consistent contributor to the run scoring, posted 61, with E Swart adding a useful 59 to make up NMMU's 339 all out.
In reply, Zululand only managed 108 runs thanks to the nonstop pressure they were served by A Brooks (4/22) and M Slabber (3/34), making NMMU one of the three unbeaten teams in the tournament so far.
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, also unbeaten, secured their place in the final against NMMU when they categorically beat Durban University of Technology (DUT) by 138 runs.
Cape Peninsula were 162 all out after being asked to bat first. D Govender of DUT had another brilliant day with the ball, taking four wickets for 22 runs, while D Juma took two for 24.
Their batsmen were all fingers and thumbs however, and were smothered by a superior Cape Peninsula bowling attack. DUT were all out for a mortifying 24 runs with J Adams and R Lok taking outstanding knocks of 5/15 and 4/9 respectively.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) lost their second match in a row when they faced an obstinate University of Limpopo (Turfloop). TUT won the toss and batted first, losing their wickets for 72 runs. Turfloop made short work of the chase, winning the match by nine wickets.
In the last Pool A match University of Venda successfully defended their insubstantial score of 65 runs against North West University (Mafikeng), beating them by five runs.
In Pool B, South Western Districts Invitational XI continued their unbeaten streak when they beat University of Fort Hare by a solid six wickets, while Mangosuthu University of Technology beat University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA) by 29 runs.