Lethukuthula Sithole the star of day one at USSA B Week
Mangosuthu University of Technology’s Lethukuthula Sithole claimed six wickets and hit a half-century to help his side claim double wins on the opening day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) B Week that began in Vanderbijlpark on Tuesday.
There were also twin victories for Durban University of Technology and Cape Peninsula University of Technology as the 11 teams involved were involved in 20-over action at the Vaal University of Technology, where the week is being hosted.
Sithole helped his team first overcome locals ABSA VUT Cricket Club by nine wickets and then University of Fort Hare (UFH) by a whopping 70 runs.
In the first outing, he claimed an outstanding four for 12 in just 15 deliveries as VUT were dismissed for 97, with Philani Zulu (51 not out off 44 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) spearheading the chase.
Sithole then nabbed two for 16 and Sphelele Nzuza sizzled with four for 16 when University of Fort Hare were restricted to 95 for nine chasing 165 for four – the former top-scoring with 65 off 57 balls (7 fours, 1 six) and Mpathi Zulu thumping 51 off 35 balls, which included four sixes and three fours.
Both MUT’s wins were with bonus points too as they ended day one top of Pool B with 10 points, six ahead of their closest challengers.
Pool A, meanwhile, saw both DUT and CPUT win twice.
Like their KwaZulu-Natal compatriots, DUT also won with bonus points, first overcoming University of Zululand (UZ) and then University of Limpopo (UL).
In their opener, Khulekani Mthembu claimed four for 13 in three overs as the Durbanites won by eight wickets, having restricted UZ to 71 for nine, while Theesan Naicker then took three for 13 in a 68-run triumph over UL – a match in which 121 all out played 53 all out.
CPUT, meanwhile, had Lawrence Bailey (57 off 58 balls, 7 fours) and Siphamandla Sigodi (4/18) to thank for their opening 59-run win over Walter Sisulu University (WSU). In their second game, Mohammed Rahman (2/14) and Darryn Walters (34) played key roles in a low-scoring affair against UL, who lost both opening-day encounters.
The results of DUT and CPUT meant that the former headed Pool A by a point from the latter.
The only other winner in the group was WSU, who overcame University of Venda by 63 runs thanks to McArthur Hulana’s three for 20.
In the two other matches played in Pool B, meanwhile, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) won their only match when they edged out VUT by seven runs – this following a stunning return of 4-0-9-4 by Carl Julius.
Finally, UFH won an even closer encounter against Sefako Makgatho University by a single run with Aphiwe Marhafane starring with three for 15.
Day two of the USSA B Week continues on Wednesday. To follow the action live from Vanderbijlpark, go to www.websports.co.za.