Day One of the Momentum National Club Championships got off to an exciting start when several matches were decided by the Duckworth/Lewis method after intermittent rain fell throughout Pretoria on Wednesday.
The teams did not allow the inclement weather to affect them as they braved the slippery grass to pull off some exhilarating results.
The only match of the day that was not decided with the help of the rain was a thriller between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz PE and University of Free State (Kovsies). The Madibaz posted a challenging total of 246/8 in their 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
David White (101) scored one of two centuries on the day and was backed up well by Edward Moore (60) to give their side a strong start in the competition. Kovsies bowlers, Driaan Bruwer and Keagan Rafferty, took three wickets each.
Their batting reply was not as strong as the Madibaz, but they fought hard to put their side on an even keel. Leus du Plooy and Jacobus Dreyer produced impressive knocks of 71 and 70 respectively, but their side still fell six runs shy of victory.
An aggressive show from the ABSA North West University Pukke saw them beat the Hollywood Bets.Net Crusaders by 60 runs via the D/L method. PUKKE posted 296/8 in their shortened 48-over innings after they were asked to bat first. Grant Mokoena was the leading run scorer with 88, followed by Wihan Lubbe and Righardt Frenz with 58* and 56 respectively.
The Crusaders tried valiantly to stay in contention but were thwarted by Elmar van Wyk, Bjorn Fortuin and Philip Snyman who returned figures of 3/47, 3/53 and 2/33 respectively.
In the last Section One match of the day, University of Johannesburg (UJ) beat Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End CC by eight wickets in the lowest scoring match of the day.
West End were restricted to 141 in 36 overs after they were put in to bat. Etienne Gerber was the chief destroyer, ending with impressive figures of 4/18 from eight overs.
UJ had the job of chipping away at the target while staying well ahead of their D/L requirements. Harry van Straaten scored a half-century to help his side to 132/2 in 33.2 overs and victory when the match was called because of the weather.
In Section Two, defending Champions, Assupol Tuks beat Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park CC by a comfortable 39 runs via the D/L method.
Tuks posted a competitive 258/8 in their reduced 49 overs thanks to half-centuries by Sean Dickson (70), Graeme van Buuren (58*) and Tiaan Koekemoer (50).
Kempton Park could not manage victory despite Johannes Fourie’s unbeaten 103 from 139 balls. They were denied by the Tuks triple bowling threat of Sean Nowak, Corbin Bosch and Gerhard Linde who took two wickets each to restrict the opposition to 219/9.
In other matches, Steinhoff Maties skipper, Emile Kriek (97) led his side to a massive, 144-run victory over Border’s United Cricket Club, while Cape Town CC recorded a 35-run win over Madibaz George.
All of the Section Two matches were decided by the Duckworth/Lewis system.
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