Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Raees Sylvester, Audiofin Davids and Garth Abrahams all starred as Cape Peninsula University of Technology doubled up with another two wins on the second day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) B Week in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday.

The Cape Town-based institution, who are playing in Pool A, were the only side to claim victories in both their games at the Vaal University of Technology, where the week is being hosted, while Sol Plaatje University (SPU) won their only game to narrow the gap in Pool B.

Sylvester and Davids both claimed four-fours, with Abrahams starring with both bat and ball as CPUT blew away Durban University of Technology (DUT) and University of Venda (UV), both by handsome margins, on a day when 20-over cricket was again played.

In the first game, all-rounder Abrahams (33 not out) top scored for the tournament pace-setters – one of 11 teams competing – posting 138 for four after winning the toss and batting against DUT. The same player then nabbed a fine three for 12 in four overs to help his side dismiss the opposition for 74, securing a 64-run win.

However, he was still not the pick of the bowlers after watching his team-mate, Sylvester, go even better with the scarcely believable figures of 2-1-1-4.

Davids was the man that shone for CPUT in the second game where he claimed four for 10 in three overs to shoot out UV for a paltry 51.

Sylvester too could not get left behind with figures of two for one, with Abrahams claiming one for seven in a nine-wicket win.

The results extended CPUT’s advantage at the summit to nine points after they moved to 19, with DUT a distant second on 10.

In other action from Pool A, University of Limpopo (UL) climbed into third place with a thumping 93-run win over UV, who were demolished for 31 – William Letsoalo (4/4) and Imfundiso Ngobeni (3/10) sharing seven of the wickets.

UL also overcame University of Zululand by three wickets in another match where they blew away the opposition for a low score, this time 63. Huzefa Patel (3/10) and Letsoalo (2/17) shared five of the wickets in that game.

UZ did have some joy in their other match on day two where they edged Walter Sisulu University (WSU) by four runs.

Meanwhile in Pool B, SPU (nine points) moved to within a point of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) at the top of the table after a thumping seven-wicket win over University of Fort Hare.

They are now the only unbeaten team in the group after MUT were stunned by Sefako Makgatho University (SMU) by a single wicket.

Olebogeng Mosime (4/24) and Itumeleng Boshomane (3/6) proved key for SMU, who then went on to lose to hosts ABSA Vaal University of Technology (VUT) by eight wickets.

Sifiso Majaja (4/15) and Thokozane Witbooi (56 off 52 balls, 7 fours) played starring roles for VUT, now third in the group.

Day three of the USSA B Week continues on Thursday. To follow the action live from Vanderbijlpark, go to www.websports.co.za.