Rovers well beaten in Club Cricket Championships final in pretoria

2009-09-29 00:00

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth won the National Club Cricket Championships in Pretoria on Sunday with a seven-wicket victory over KZN Coastal champions Rovers.

Rovers played six and won five over the week, deserving their title showdown against Eastern Province’s NMMU, although they had some close shaves along the way, St Charles product SJ Erwee playing a vital all-round role in their crucial final Pool match. But Sunday’s final was a bridge too far. NMMU, on the other hand, won their first SA Club Champs crown in 17 years and were understandably ecstatic at the feat.

“It has been a great performance, the guys went out there and stuck to their roles, I am very proud of them,” said NMMU captain, Piet van Biljon. “The youngsters showed a lot of character to pick themselves up after defeat on the first day.”

After a mediocre start, Rovers mustered 198/4 in 45 overs. In contrast, NMMU openers Chad Baxter and Jon-Jon Smuts put on 59 to set up victory.

Standard had a disappointing end to the tournament on Saturday, losing by 16 runs to East London Police, but for the first time KZN Inland champs ended a reasonably satisfying fourth in Section One of this two-section, 12-team event.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Final: Rovers 198/4(Pierre de Bruyn 97*, HD Ackerman 54).NMMU 199/3 (Warrick Fynn 80*, Chad Baxter 43, Jon-Jon Smuts 34). NMMU won by 7 wkts.

Final KZN Pool matches: EL Police 184 (Scott Tarr 3-20, Kyle Nipper 2-4, Clint Bowyer 2-48). Standard 168 (Morne van Vuuren 47, Chad Barron 43*). EL Police won by 16 runs.

Rovers 201/7 (R Vaughan 61*, SJ Erwee 48, B Hector 43). Pretoria High School Old Boys 198/7 (SJ Erwee 2-36, B Whatmore 2-41). Rovers won by 3 runs.

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