Potchefstroom - The inaugural season of
Varsity Cricket kicked off here on Tuesday with six thrilling
matches offering plenty of entertainment.
Tuks are top of the table after day one
with nine points, followed closely by the University of Johannesburg on eight
points, while UWC are bottom of the log.
The University of Johannesburg claimed two
wins in their two matches, beating UWC and Maties in their two matches of the
day. Tuks also claimed two wins out of their two matches, beating Stellenbosch
and NMMU as the tournament got off to a flying start with non-stop action
across three different venues. UCT and
Pukke also bagged a win each with victories over Kosvies and NMMU respectively.
Tuks' Jacques Snyman tops the run-scoring
charts with 89 runs at an average of 44.50. David White is in close second with
85 runs at an average of 42.50. Harry van Straaten leads the wicket-takers list
with six wickets in two games at an average of just 9.83, an impressive return
considering the tough conditions bowlers face in this format.
It was a day filled with fanfare as
cheerleaders kept the crowd going while players got to grips with the newly
introduced Power Play Plus over, which sees runs scored during the over doubled
while a loss of a wicket results in five penalty runs being added to the
bowling side’s total.
The tournament continues on Wednesday with
six more matches that promise to deliver even more excitement as Varsity
Cricket continues to break all the rules of conventional T20 cricket.
Tuks vs Maties: Tuks won by 36 runs
Tuks: 168/5 (J Snyman 61, M Coetzee 49; N
Scholtz 2/23, J Dill 1/30)
Maties: 132/8 (L le Roux 45, J Marais 26; C
Bosch 3/19, R Claassen 3/21)
UJ vs UWC: UJ won by 29 runs
UJ: 155/9 (H van Straaten 31, Y Valli, 25;
D Christians 2/17, J Smith 2/17)
UWC: 131 all out (J Smith 30, I Hendricks
27; K Dudgeon 4/26, H van Straaten 4/2
UCT vs Kovsies: UCT won by 7 wickets
UFS Kovsies: 151/6 (M Erlank 29, I Finlay
24; J Leppan 2/27, S Golding 2/23)
UCT: 155/3 (J Newby 59, R Tissiman 41; J van
Dyk 1/16, K Rafferty 1/19)
Pukke vs NMMU: Pukke won by 11 runs
NWU Pukke: 176/9 (W Lubbe 55, J Malan 36; S
Nqweni 4/37, B Dolley 2/16)
NMMU: 170/8 (D White 28, B Dolley 24; H du
Plooy 3/32, J Malan 2/17)
UJ vs Maties: UJ won by 3 runs
UJ: 181/4 (D Potgieter 53,Y Valli 49; N
Botha 3/24, D Botha 1/26)
Maties: 178/6 (J Bredenkamp 41, D Botha
36; N Mvelase 2/25, H van Straaten 2/33)
Notes on scoring:
In cases where there is a difference
between winning margins and team totals, it means a team lost a wicket (or
wickets) during the Power Play Plus Over. A loss of a wicket during this over
would have originally resulted in the loss of five runs for the batting side,
but due to a scoring system complication, they are now being added to the
bowling team's total as penalty runs instead.