Cape Town - Assupol TUKS Cricket Club (CC) came out on top on the day's big match when they beat the defending champions, the Mecer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz by a mammoth 151 runs on the fourth day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Club Championships in Pretoria on Thursday.
Graeme van Buuren and Francois le Clus top scored for TUKS with 86 and 64 runs respectively when they won the toss and chose to bat first. TUKS scored 252/9 in their allotted overs. In reply, NMMU did not measure up as they were bowled out for 101 runs thanks to Ernest Kemm, who was the best bowler of the entire day, taking an incredible six wickets for 34 runs in his 10 overs. TUKS are the only unbeaten side of the week and remain at the head of the Section Two log.
The TIB Crusaders CC have yet to win a match as they suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, this time, at the hands of the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Crusaders posted 202/9 in 50 overs when they were asked to bat first by UWC who won the toss. Vaughn van Jaarsveld (52) was once again the top performer, returning the only half century of the innings to help his side to their total. In reply, UWC scored the winning 206 runs in 34.4 overs at the loss of four wickets with Mujahid Berhadien and Imraan Hendricks their best performers scoring 59 and 44 runs respectively to win by six wickets. UWC are now in the No 2 position of the Section Two log, moving ahead of NMMU who are now in third place.
In the other big match of the day, Steinhoff Maties beat The Horseshoe Kempton Park CC by 26 runs when Maties posted 175/9 in 50 overs after being asked to bat first. Lenert van Wyk scored 74 runs while Dewald Botha chipped in with 41 as Johan Fourie claimed three wickets for 26 runs in his allotted overs. Van Wyk was also top performer with the ball, taking four wickets for 22 runs in just nine overs. Kempton Park were skittled out for 149 runs and dropped from first place to third in the Section One log, to make room for Maties who now top the table.
KIA CUT CC rose from fifth to fourth position in the Section Two log after they beat North West PUKKE by 40 runs, while United CC rose to second place in the Section One log after they beat the Philips Glenvista CC by 15.
Steel & Pipe/DDCM West End remained at the bottom of the Section One log after they suffered a six-wicket defeat to Union Stars CC, who continue to hold their fourth position on the log steady.