PMB hosts Sassu cricket

2007-11-28 00:00

No less than 16 teams from the top cricket universities in the country will be competing for the Sassu title from Monday to Friday, while the remaining 12 universities will be in and around Vereeniging doing their best to win the Sassu B title and be promoted to the top division.

The fact that the week in Pietermaritzburg sees the bottom team relegated for the top Sassu B Week team puts an extra edge to the competition. The PMB and Durban campuses combine to form a University of KZN team for this cricket week and they will be hard-pressed to beat the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) first XI in Pool A.

The other teams in Pool A in this four-pools-of-four tournament are the Central University of Technology (the old Free State Technikon) and the Vaal University of Technology (from Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng).

Reigning champions the University of Johannesburg (the old Rand Afrikaans University, or RAU) are undoubtedly the favourites, as they also won the national Club Champion of Champions crown in Pretoria recently.

Blake Snijman, UJ’s dynamic opening batsman, has had a lean time of late in the Highveld Lions team and some of the university bowlers could cop it in spades during the week.

Only bona fide students are eligible to play in the week, so it is fair to say that the cream of the country’s student cricketers will be on display at the Varsity Oval and the top ovals at Michaelhouse, Maritzburg College, St Charles, the PMB Oval and Collegians Club.

The Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, Rhodes, Wits and Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (the Old University of Port Elizabeth or UPE) are just some of the other teams taking part.

UKZN kick off the Sassu A Week against the Central University of Technology on Monday, December 3 at the Varsity Oval and meet Tukkies at the same venue on the Tuesday.

On Wednesday they move across to Goldstones at Maritzburg College, where they will play against the Vaal University of Technology. Thursday sees the cross-pool playoffs with the final at the Varsity Oval on Friday, December 7. The other classification matches will take place in and around the capital city and the midlands.

The 50-over matches start at 9.30 am and are scheduled to finish in the vicinity of 5.15 pm. Let’s just hope that the weather holds.

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