Tuks crowned 2017 USSA A Week champions

Mitchell van Buuren

Mitchell van Buuren

The University of Pretoria (Tuks) were crowned 2017 USSA A Week winners on Friday after edging out Madibaz A by five runs in a pulsating final at Tuks Oval on Friday.

Mitchell van Buuren (76) and Thomas Kaber (59) starred with the bat for Tuks as they posted 256/7 after being asked to bat first.

Their opponents from Port Elizabeth made a good fist of the chase thanks to a century from Lloyd Brown (108) and a half-century by Kirwin Christoffels (56), but they could only reach 251/6 as the match went right down to the wire.

The star with the ball was Craig Kirsten for his four for 77, while Altus Pretorius (1/26) and Donovan Ferreira (0/19) were miserly with the ball, conceding under four to the over, which ultimately proved priceless for the home side.

In other matches on the final day, Janneman Malan hit 95 and his brother Andre, scored 75 as North West University (NWU) Pukke smashed University of Stellenbosch (Maties) by 174 runs – the latter were bowled out for only 90.

Ryan Rickelton made exactly 50 as University of Johannesburg (UJ) ousted University of Western Cape by 40 runs, with University of Cape Town smashing University of Free State by eight wickets thanks to Tendai Chitongo’s four for 20 and half-centuries by Taariq Chiektey (87) and Brandon Tattum (54*).

Those matches were all in the A Section, while the B Section saw Central University of Technology thump NWU Vaal thanks to a sensational display by Koot Pienaar. The all-rounder hit exactly 100 not-out with the bat, before grabbing four for 23 as CUT won by 83 runs.

Elsewhere, Tshwane University of Technology rocked University of Fort Hare to just 50 all out and a 261 run win. This after Thomas Hobson hit an unbeaten 141 and Itumeleng Tsetsewa (4/11) and Chris Ralston (4/16) snatched four wickets apiece.

Madibaz B hammered Rhodes University by 205 runs after Coenie Nel’s outstanding four for 11 in 10 overs, five of which were maidens.

Finally, University of KwaZulu-Natal beat Wits University by five wickets. Cameron Gordon took three for 36, with Jethro Eustice hitting a crucial 66 to help take the Durban side to victory.