NWU secured their first win of the competition when they beat Madibaz by seven wickets at the Ibbies Oval in Potchefstroom on Tuesday afternoon.
Log-leaders Madibaz won the toss and elected to bat first, and once again it was Tristan Stubbs who impressed the most, scoring an unbeaten 81 off 59 balls. Michael Hansel helped carry his team over the 100-run mark before he was sent back to the locker room with Madibaz on 113/4.
Bantu Dandala took two wickets for NWU, with the visitors ending their innings at a respectable total of 159/5.
Louren Steenkamp scored the first century of the 2019 Varsity Cricket tournament and only required 63 balls to reach the milestone. After suffering a defeat to UJ yesterday, NWU came out with a point to prove.
Only losing their first wicket of Eben Botha in the fourth over, Steenkamp and captain Lesego Senokwane helped carry NWU closer to their required target before Senokwane was dismissed at 116/2. Steenkamp kept his composure and scored his 100th run by smashing his third six of the match, also handing NWU a seven-wicket victory.
FNB Player of the Match: Tristan Stubbs (Madibaz)
MTN Pulse Bowler of the Match: Bantu Dandala (NWU)
Steers Best Batsman: Louren Steenkamp (NWU).
Madibaz: Keeran Forbes, Tlangaleni Mushwana, Hlumelo Cekisani, Mark Amm, Joshua van Heerden, David Masterson, Michael Hansel, Tristan Stubbs, Morne Venter, Brian Jack, Jarryd Lookwhy
NWU: Eben Botha, Louren Steenkamp, Lesego Senokwane, Nico Davin, Ruan Haasbroek, Bantu Dandala, AJ Jacobs, Hlompho Modimokoane, Danfred Sefoor, Steffan Vorster, Henro Janse van Rensburg
By Bronwen Bain