The Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz PE will meet Assupol Tuks in the final of the Momentum National Club Championships for the second year running at SuperSport Park tomorrow. Both sides are unbeaten in the competition and will look to remain that way and claim the R50 000 prize money at stake.
Madibaz make their way into the final by inflicting a 10-wicket drubbing on the University of Johannesburg at Tuks Oval. UJ, who have played good cricket throughout the week, were undone by the Madibaz’ bowling attack, led once again by Brad Dolley, who took an extraordinary five wickets for just 11 runs in seven overs. His spell included two maiden overs. David White and Devon Adams took two wickets each to assist in rounding off the rest.
UJ were skittled for 73 runs in 26 overs.
In reply, Madibaz openers, Edward Moore and David White, reached their target in nine overs, scoring 32 and 31 respectively.
Tuks beat NMMU Madibaz George by seven wickets to qualify for their third consecutive Club Champs final.
Madibaz George were restricted to 171 in 45.2 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat. Neil Hornbuckle and Tyron Walsh both scored 36, Hendrik Kotze added 33 and 22 runs in extras helped them to reach a respectable total.
Tertius Gouws was the leading wicket taker with 4/27, followed by Gerhard Linde with 3/23.
After a modest start that saw Tuks lose their openers, Aiden Markram and Murray Coetzee, for 20 and 21 respectively, Johan Wessels and Heinrich Klaasen led their side to victory with 69 and 53 not out respectively.
In other matches, Steinhoff Maties ended their week on a high, beating Bidvest Steiner Kempton Park by seven wickets when they met at Sinovich Park. The latter were bundled out for 68 in 29.1 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
Dewald Botha was the chief demolisher, taking a remarkable 5/10 in nine overs, including three maidens. Maties finished the match in 11.3 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Cape Town CC won their second match of the week when they beat United CC by six wickets. The latter ended the tournament without a win.
United were dismissed for 112 in 24.2 overs after they lost the toss. Darren Rolfe and Brandan Young led the attack, taking 3/29 and 3/36 respectively.
Matthew Norris scored an unbeaten 38 runs in the reply, to lead his side to victory.
At St Albans College, Kovsies CC finished their tournament on a positive note, beating Hollywood Bets.Net Crusaders by a convincing 61 runs. Jacobus Dreyer’s good form continued when he made 120 at a run a ball to set up Kovsies’ 307/5 in their 50 overs. Number six batsman, Driaan Bruwer, added a vital 49 runs off 32 balls to push his side to this testing total.
In reply, Michael Alexander (70), Rob Cliff (68) and Jason Biddulph (40) tried to get their side over the line, but were hampered by wickets falling regularly around them. Kovsies won with 5.4 overs to spare.
In the last match of the day, ABSA North West University Pukke beat Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End by an emphatic 96 runs at Groenkloof. Pukke posted a formidable 370/7 in a match reduced to 44 overs a side.
A strong show by the top order ensured that Pukke set up a commanding total. Grant Mokoena (105) capped off an excellent week of batting with his first century, coming off 79 balls including eight fours and six sixes. Regardt Frenz continued his good form, adding 81 off 62 balls and Wihan Lubbe provided good back-up with his 57 off 36 balls.
West End’s Gerard Abrams took four wickets for 51 in five overs.
In their reply, West End’s batsmen did not produce the same fire as the opposition, although good performances by Abrams (76), Xander Pitchers (62) and Roche Rossouw (47) looked promising at the start. Pukke’s bowlers ensured they were restricted 274/6 to give their side a comfortable victory.
Tomorrow’s final between Tuks and Madibaz PE will be at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Play will start at 09:45. Live scores will be available at www.webcricket.co.za and the official Twitter hash tag for the tournament is #ClubChamps14.
Momentum National Club Championships Day 5 log