SPU came crashing down against fellow debutants.
Sol Plaatje University’s good start at the University Sports SA Cricket Week being held at the Durban University of Technology campus in KwaZulu-Natal hit a pothole yesterday, on day two of the tournament, when the Kimberley team faced off against fellow tournament debutant The University of Limpopo.
SPU had on Tuesday won their opening game beating the University of the North West by 10 runs. SPU had managed to defend a score of 95 runs by dismissing the North West University’s team for just 85. SPU’s medium right arm bowler Kayden van der Merwe proved devastating with ball in hand as he took 3/18.
It was middle order batsman and skipper Selwyn Cloete who scored a quick-fire 52 runs off just 36 deliveries that set the tone for the team’s victory. Cloete’s score included four boundaries and five sixes. His exploits with the bat rightly earned him the Man of the Match title in their opening game.
In yesterday’s game, however, Limpopo won the toss and sent SPU in to bat before restricting them to 95/9 in their 20 overs. Limpopo then easily knocked off the runs, racing to 97/3 in 14.3 overs to take the game by 7 wickets.
Limpopo University’s bowlers proved very economical with Faiz Delawala taking 2/4 while Tshepo Mhlongo and Akeeb Amanji also chipped in with a wicket each for a combined eight runs.
SPU will today take on the Cape Peninsula University of Technology team which tentatively stands top of pool B with five points.