The 2013 Momentum National Club Championship came to a fitting end when Assupol TUKS remained unbeaten in the tournament after defeating the Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz by five wickets at SuperSport Park. They win the tournament for the second year running after a dominant appearance all week long.
The Madibaz won the toss and chose to bat first, admittedly falling 20 runs short of a winning total thanks to Gerhard Linde's exceptional five wickets for 35 when they were bowled out for 221 with a ball to spare. Edward Moore top scored with 68 from 93 balls, while James Price and Sisanda Magala added 42 and 36 respectively. Tumi Masekela took two wickets for 30 to cement the bowling side's domination over the Madibaz' innings.
It took TUKS 44 overs to reach their target thanks to a brilliant effort by Graeme van Buuren (88*) and Cobus Pienaar (56) who shared a 130-run partnership to keep their Club Champs title. The fielding side had no answers for the pair's resolute effort with skipper Corbin Dolley the only one to take two wickets.
TUKS captain, Ernest Kemm is delighted to have lead his side to yet another victory when it counted. He said: "It's an overwhelming feeling to have played such good cricket over six days. I'm really happy that we were able to retain our title today."
He commended his side on their professionalism throughout the tournament.
"We have trained like professionals and we have a great group of players who set high standards for themselves and that has also helped us throughout the week's matches," he continued. "Building partnerships was always going to be key in this match and keeping calm in pressure situations helped us get to the desired goal in the end."
Kemm has been a stand out performer for the past three weeks in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Colts Week, the CSA Future Cup and also at Club Champs. He attributes his continued success to taking each day as it comes.
A disappointed Corbin Dolley gave full credit to TUKS for being the better side.
"We were not on the button today," he said. "We were outplayed at certain stages but when we put them under pressure we quickly allowed them to take the game away from us. Full credit goes to TUKS for sticking to their guns and winning when it counts."
The Man of the Match award was shared by Linde and van Buuren, who were both instrumental in their side's victory.
CSA Senior Cricket and Transformation Manager, Maxwell Jordaan is very pleased with the standard of play in this year's tournament as well as its visible growth. He said: "This year's tournament has definitely improved thanks to the introduction of Momentum as sponsor. The standard of play has increased significantly and so has the level of competitiveness between teams thanks to the added incentive of prize money for Best Bowler and Best Batsman," he said.
"Having franchise players such as Neil McKenzie and experienced players like Garnett Kruger participating has been wonderful and I hope that this week continues to grow from strength to strength," Jordaan concluded.
It has been confirmed that next year's competition will be held in Pretoria once again.