Liam Peters and Fritz de Beer both hit centuries on the opening day of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) A Week that began in Johannesburg on Monday.
Their teams, hosts University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and University of Stellenbosch (Maties) respectively, were both winners on the opening day of action, which saw all 16 teams in action. Two of those that impressed most with the bat were the teams of Peters and De Beer.
The former struck a splendid 105 (97 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) to help Wits crush North West University (Vaal) by 120 runs after they amassed the highest total, a score of 293 for nine, before restricting the visitors to 173 all out.
Josh Arnott (60) also hit a half-century, with Motheo Sekgotho (3/39) and Hayden Bowman (4/31) then sharing seven wickets to bowl out the opposition for 173.
Maties, meanwhile, overcame University of Johannesburg (UJ) after bowling them out for 262 in defence of their own 286 all out.
De Beer struck 103 (101 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes), while Isma-eel Gafieldien (69), Timothy Whitehead (3/37) and Anele Ngcwabe (3/56) also played integral roles in the outcome.
Elsewhere, there were other impressive wins in the USSA A Section for University of Pretoria (Assupol Tuks), University of North West (Pukke) and University of Western Cape (UWC).
Tuks and Pukke both won with bonus points to top Pool A in their section, with Kundai Matigimu (3/25), Sean Gilson (3/22) and Francois van Heerden (61) playing key hands as the former thumped University of Cape Town (UCT) by six wickets in an easy chase of 130.
The latter won by seven wickets chasing 176 against Nelson Mandela University (NMU) thanks to Bantu Dandala’s four for 22 that was followed by an unbeaten 91 from Lourens Steenkamp.
In Pool B of Section A, Maties trail University of Western Cape (UWC), who had Kyle Pluke to thank for helping them slay Central University of Technology (CUT) by seven wickets – the bowler securing an exceptional five for 28 that was the best figures on the day.
Meanwhile, in Section B Pool A, Wits’ win over Vaal was bettered by Nelson Mandela University George (Madibaz) as they eased past Rhodes University by five wickets for a bonus point win of their own.
The key performers in that game were Faheem Nomani (4/26) and Hanno Kotze (51) for the winners.
Finally in Pool B, opening bowler Duan Jansen grabbed two for 25 and then hit a key 26 not out as University of Free State (UFS) edged out University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) by two wickets.
And University of Fort Hare (UFH) began the week with an impressive 100-run win over Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
Mkhululi Calana (76), Thabang Sqoko (3/20) and Unathi Mbathane (3/21) were the key men for UFH.
Day two of the USSA A Week continues on Tuesday. To follow the action live from Johannesburg, go to www.websports.co.za.