A century by ABSA North West-Pukke opening batsman, Ludwig Roos (103), along with half-centuries from Grant Mokoena and Righardt Frenz, gave their side a solid base on which to set up a convincing 89-run win over University of Free State (Kovsies) at Groenkloof in Pretoria on Saturday.
Pukke set the opposition a 333-run target after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Roos and Mokoena did the most damage up front, sharing a 129-run opening stand before the latter was removed by Leus Du Plooy. Roos went on to share his next partnership with Frenz (74), adding a vital 87 runs between them to the board before Kovsies’ Leonard Killeen put an end to Ludwig’s innings. His 103 runs came off 127 balls including nine fours and a six.
The rest of the line-up struggled to get runs on the board but the damage had already been done. Pukke posted 332/7 at the end of their innings.
Kovsies made a strong start to their reply. PJ Jansen scored 101 from 115 balls (8x4s, 2x6s) to give his side a good foundation. His team mates did not fare as well, however, as the in-form Jacobus Dreyer and Andries Gous were both restricted to 35 runs. The rest of the line-up struggled to score against a rampant Bjorn Fortuin (4/56) and could not add more than Keagan Rafferty’s 24 off 22 balls.
In the other Section One matches, the Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz PE beat Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End by six wickets thanks to an inspired performance by their bowlers.
Brad Dolley was the chief destroyer, taking four wickets for 39 with support from Devon Adams and captain, Simon Harmer, who took 3/19 and 3/35 respectively, to skittle them for 139. Gihahn Cloete gave the only notable performance with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 40 off 51 balls.
Lloyd Brown and Harmer batted their side to victory. They were both unbeaten for 51 and 36 respectively. This win sees the Madibaz PE cement their place at number one on the Section One log with 19 points, the most points in the competition so far.
In the last Section One match, the Hollywood Bets.Net Crusaders bounced back well from their six-wicket defeat to Madibaz PE yesterday to inflict the first defeat on University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Crusaders posted 218/9 in their 50 overs and managed to confine UJ to 203 all out thanks to Jared van Heerden’s 4/47. UJ’s Umar Asad, Harry van Straaden and Neels Bergh did well to add 57*, 42 and 41 respectively, but it was not enough to lead their side to victory. Crusaders won by 15 runs.
In Section Two, Assupol Tuks beat Steinhoff Maties by three wickets in the group’s biggest clash of the day. Maties were restricted to 206/9 by Tuks’ clinical bowling attack. Sean Nowak once again led the onslaught, taking three wickets for 20 while Tiaan Koekemoer, Gerhard Linde, and Corbin Bosch took two wickets each.
In Tuks’ reply, Sean Dickson played a much needed knock of 74 runs after the top order failed to get their side the booming start of previous matches. The middle-order and tail-enders did well to gather vital runs and scrape through to victory.
In the other matches, NMMU Madibaz George recorded their first triumph of the competition when they beat United Cricket Club by four wickets and Cape Town Cricket Club’s losing streak continued when they were beaten by Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park by 17 runs to round off the day’s action.
United were bowled out for 182 after they were asked to bat first. Romano Esau, Marco Marais and Bevan Bennett were the main contributors with the bat scoring 64, 53 and 31 respectively. Lance Roelfse and Bronwell Goeda tore through the line-up, returning outstanding figures of 5/47 and 4/35 correspondingly.
Tyron Walsh led the Madibaz reply, scoring 68 not out to lead his side to success.
Tomorrow is the last day that the top four teams have to secure their place in Monday’s Final at SuperSport Park. The teams that top the log at the end of tomorrow’s play will progress to the grand finale and play for the R50 000 prize money.
Momentum National Club Championships Log – Day 4
Day 5 Fixtures
Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End vs ABSA NWU-Pukke – Mamelodi Oval
Mecer NMMU Madibaz PE vs University of Johannesburg –Tuks Oval
Kovsies CC vs Hollywood Bets.Net Crusaders – St Albans College
Assupol Tuks vs Madibas George – TUT Oval
Steinhoff Maties vs Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park – Sinovich Park
United CC vs Cape Town CC – Irene Villagers
- All the matches can be followed on a live scoring system at www.webcricket.co.za.
- The official Twitter hash tag of the competition is #ClubChamps14.