Day Two of the Momentum National Club Championships saw an abundance of runs scored thanks to four centuries and two near-misses.
Edward Moore of the Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz PE, Murray Coetzee of Assupol Tuks, Hollywood Bets.Net Crusaders’ Sean Dixon and Xander Pitchers of Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End were the day’s centurions.
In Section One, Moore continued his good form in the competition striking 137 runs off 117 balls to set up Madibaz PE’s 126-run thrashing of North West University Pukke at St Alban’s College.
Madibaz set a daunting 313-run target after opting to bat first. David White and Peter Furstenburg added 53* and 51 respectively to lead their side to 312/4 in their allotted 50 overs.
Pukke’s batsmen were ill-equipped to deal with the Madibaz’ spinners. Brad Dolley took three wickets for 23, while skipper, Simon Harmer, claimed two for 12 in seven overs including two maidens. Pukke’s Wimpie Viljoen and Henning Du Plooy were the top run scorers with 43 and 35* respectively.
A century from each side was scored when the Crusaders took on West End CC at Memorial Park. Openers Riaan Minnie (56) and Jared van Heerden (54) scored a half-century each to get the Crusaders off to a solid start when they were asked to bat first. Sean Dixon came in at number five to cause the most damage, scoring his 121 off a hasty 76 balls including 14 fours and four sixes.
West End’s Jan Frylinck took an exceptional seven wickets for 35 in his 10-over spell.
In reply, West End opener, Xander Pitchers achieved his 113 runs at a more sedate rate, coming off 137 balls (17x4s) as wickets tumbled around him. Frylinck made a good start with the bat but was defeated by a delivery from Jason Biddulph (2/41) and was stumped for 46. Rob Clift and Nick Hewer took two wickets each, restricting West End to 266/8 and giving the Crusaders a well-deserved 85-run victory, their first win in this year’s tournament.
In the last match of Section One, University of Johannesburg jumped to the top of the log after serving a 134-run drubbing on University of Free State (Kovsies).
In Section Two, Tuks’ Murray Coetzee (111) and Aiden Markram (59) batted their side to victory when they faced Cape Town CC. They posted 287/6 in their 50 overs, setting a target too high for the opposition to chase.
Cape Town’s Tom Main and Marc de Beer scored 51 and 47 respectively, but the rest of the batting line-up could not contend with the Tuks bowlers. Gerhard Linde, Tertius Gouws, Graeme van Buuren and Sean Nowak took two wickets each, confining the visitors to 183 and a 104-run defeat.
In the lowest scoring match of the day, Madibaz George suffered a seven-wicket loss to Steinhoff Maties. The Madibaz were bundled out for 119 thanks to a fifer from Niel Botha.
After the initial loss of wickets, Mark van Heerden (47*) and Emile Kriek (31*) batted Maties to an easy win. Maties now top the Section 2 log with 10 points.
In the last match of the day, Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park CC bounced back well from their opening defeat to beat United CC by a comfortable six wickets.
United posted a competitive 236/9 in their allotted overs, with a half-century from Kevin Bennett (53) and 47 from his brother, Bevan.
Kempton Park’s openers, Johan Fourie and Wesley Marshall, both fell short of their centuries when they were dismissed for 99 and 97 respectively, but did well to set their side on the right course to victory.
Momentum National Club Championships Log
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