Thursday, 28 November 2019

Carl Julius and Kayden van der Merwe both played lead roles with the ball as Kimberley’s Sol Plaatje University claimed impressive twin wins on the third day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) B Week taking place in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday.

The pair shared 10 wickets between them to help their side overcome Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and Sefako Makgatho University (SMU), while there was also an important win for Cape Peninsula University of Technology, who remained the top team overall.

CPUT won their only game of the day, overcoming University of Zululand (UZ) by nine wickets thanks to Mohammed Rahman’s three for six that help shoot out the opposition for just 53.

In the end, the Cape Town-based team won with ease and a bonus point to move top of Pool A with 24 points. 

Pool B in the 11-team competition is being led by SPU, whose first match on the penultimate day of action saw them also impress with the bat.

After losing the toss and being put in to bat, Daniel Olifant struck 51 off 56 balls (6 fours) to help them total 134 for six.

Juan Mpofu then took three for 15 with Van der Merwe (2/21) and Julius (1/17) also chipping in to restrict MUT to 103 – concluding a 31-run win.

In the second game, SPU only managed 71 for five, but Julius took four for 12 and Van der Merwe three for 27 to bundle out SMU for 53.

The result made it four wins from four for the Pool B leaders and means they are one of just two unbeaten teams alongside CPUT at the Pool A summit.

Elsewhere on day three, Khulekani Mthembu (3/9) and Theesan Naicker (4/10) shared seven wickets as Durban University of Technology (DUT) sent University of Venda tumbling for the lowest score of the week (25 all out) in a 94-run win.

DUT also beat Walter Sisulu University (WSU) by eight wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis Method, while UZ needed the rain-modified system to beat University of Venda by three wickets.

William Letsoalo struck 39 to guide his University of Limpopo (UL) team to a 27-run win over WSU.

Finally, University of Fort Hare had Mihlaliyethu Fata (4/17) and Sinethemba Khala (3/14) to thank for their 24-run triumph over ABSA Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

The fourth and final day of the USSA B Week takes place on Friday. To follow the action live from Vanderbijlpark, go to