PRETORIA University continued their winning ways by beating Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) by a comfortable 94 runs to win the Momentum National Club Cricket Championship in Centurion yesterday.
This is their third successive club championship title win and it came with a R50000 cash prize for the second year. The winners also received kit worth R10000 to donate to an underprivileged club of their choice.
The Tuks batsmen did not fail their side when they were put into bat first. They posted an impressive 316/6 in their allotted overs. Aiden Markram and Murray Coetzee shared a 133- run opening stand before they were removed by Brad Dolley (2/37) for 79 and 52 runs respectively.
Johan Wessels played a good innings of 49 off 53 balls before being dismissed by Sisanda Magala.
It was, however, Graeme van Buuren’s 97 off 68 balls that set his side up for the win. He missed his century thanks to Magala, who finished with 2/72.
The Madibaz reply did not get off to a good start when they lost their top order cheaply. David White was trapped lbw for five and was followed by Edward Moore for 18 at the hands of Sean Nowak in the eighth over.
Lloyd Brown and Curtis Samboer provided a little stability with a 26-run stand before Brown was removed by Corbin Bosch for 20 off 23 balls.
Wickets continued to tumble as Samboer and Madibaz captain Simon Harmer were removed for 31 and one respectively by Wessels and Gerhard Linde.
Josh Dolley was the top run- scorer, contributing a spirited 64 from 60 balls to give NMMU some hope.
Tuks’ unrelenting bowlers maintained the pressure, removing Sisanda Magala (37), Onke Nyaku (7) and Devon Adams (0) to bowl Madibaz out for 222 and win the match comfortably.
Tuks skipper Heinrich Klaasen was delighted to keep the trophy for another year.
“I think what has led to our success is everyone contributing in some way or another,” he said. “If one of us doesn’t produce the goods, someone else will step up. We have a team of very talented young players in our pool.”
Madibaz captain Harmer was disappointed, but said: “On the flip side, I am very proud of the team to reach the final four times out of six years. We just need to get our basics right and let the rest take care of itself.”