South Africa under-19’s World Cup winning captain, Aiden Markram, continued his good form today when he broke Momentum National Club Championships batting records, scoring an unbeaten 210 runs from just 153 balls for Assupol Tuks when they took on United Cricket Club at Sinovich Park.
Markram’s remarkable knock, which included 14 fours and four sixes, surpassed Blake Snijman’s record 204 for University of Johannesburg (UJ), to become the competition’s highest individual run-scorer.
His double ton was backed up well by Johan Wessels and Graeme van Buuren, who added important knocks of 80 and 73* respectively to give Tuks a formidable total of 377/2 at the end of their innings.
“It was important that after having won the toss we did ourselves justice,” Markram said. “I had a lot of fun out there today, some really good shots and a couple of lucky breaks saw me through. I’m just really enjoying my cricket and I think it’s showing.”
United, who have yet to win a match in the competition so far, put up a valiant fight during their reply. Their batsmen managed to get a few good starts but hanging on to their wickets and building partnerships proved difficult against their pumped-up opposition.
Ruben Klaasen and Sean Nowak took 3/41 and 3/53 respectively, while Corbin Bosch and Tiaan Koekemoer claimed two wickets each to bowl United out for 223 and complete an emphatic, 154-run victory.
In Section One, UJ fought their way to a narrow, 14-run victory over ABSA North West Pukke at St Alban’s College. Matt McGillivray bashed 136 runs from 89 balls and, along with Jayden Broodryk’s 93 from 107 balls, led their side to a challenging 336/9 despite Garnett Kruger’s impressive spell of 6/44.
Pukke had a centurion of their own. Wihan Lubbe struck 127 runs from 110 balls with assistance from Reghardt Frenz’ 58 from 68 balls to set their side in the right direction. The rest of the line-up struggled to add runs to the board, however, with no one managing more than Rohan Kruger’s 27 (26 balls) and leading to their ultimate defeat.
The Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz PE maintained their winning streak when they beat Hollywood Bet.Net Crusaders by six wickets and University of Free State (Kovsies) recorded their first win of the competition, beating Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End by an emphatic 76 runs.
Kovsies won the toss and chose to bat first, posting 266 before they were bowled out with just one ball of the innings remaining. Jacobus Dreyer and Andries Gous scored 76 and 56 respectively to give their side the competitive total, while Jan Frylinck once again produced a five-wicket-haul, this time yielding 49 runs and a maiden in his 10-over spell.
Gerard Abrams (71) and Gihahn Cloete (58) put up a strong fight when the top order collapsed. Kovsies bowlers Sine Ntshona and Leus du Plooy took 3/39 and 2/23 respectively to restrict West End to 190, claiming a well-deserved victory.
In the rest of Section Two’s matches, Madibaz George continued to find no joy in the tournament, losing their third consecutive match by eight wickets this time, when they faced Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park, while Steinhoff Maties remained unbeaten after defeating Cape Town CC by four wickets.
The logs saw some reshuffling today, but UJ remained at the top of the Section One log with 14 points, edging out Madibaz PE (also with 14 points) for the pole position by virtue of a superior net run rate. In Section Two, Tuks have unseated Maties and taken the number one spot.
Momentum National Club Championships Log
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