NMMU and Harlequins Forces recorded victories in the first round of the SWD Cricket Board Premier League last weekend. Only two of the four matches were completed after rain had the final say in the Mayflower-George and Pirates United-NMMU matches.
Thanks to a solid contribution by Glenton Stuurman (51), Harlequins made 220 and then dismissed Sussex for only 57.
Envirino Swarts (6/12) was outstanding with the ball for Harlequins.
On Sunday, NMMU (132/3) recorded a decisive seven-wicket victory over Mossel Bay (131).
In the last round of preliminary- round matches on Sunday, Brendon Louw blasted his second consecutive century, hitting 100 not out off 57 balls for Union Stars as they defeated Ramblers by 91 runs.
Melvin Japtha (91) and Fernando Tiemie (59 not out) made fine contributions for Calitzdorp in their match against Selbourne in the T20 series, while Arthur Lottering (77no) and Andrew Calvert (62) were also in top form for Ramblers against Selbourne.
The best individual performance in the Promotion League came from Shaun Pretorius, who took 6/39 with the ball for Ramblers against Ladismith. Summarised scores were:
Mayflower 172; George 32/1. Match abandoned
NMMU 225/9; Pirates United 62/4 in 17 overs. Match abandoned
Harlequins 220 (Glenton Stuurman 51, Jason Le Kay 38, Geoffrey Perel 34, Kurt Fourie 23, Godwin Plaatjies 4/29, Jonathan Blom 3/32); Sussex 57 (Envirino Swarts 6/12, Lonwabo Rodolo 2/7, Luthando Mnyanda 2/15). Harlequins won by 163 runs
Mossel Bay 131 (Drikus Visagie 45, Gareth Dukes 4/42, Richard Maree 3/29); NMMU 132/3 (Patrick Hancock 35, Hanno Kotze 31no, Glen Addicot 26no, Ross Mcmillan 21). NMMU won by 7 wickets
Thembalethu 123; Calitzdorp 59. Thembalethu won by 64 runs; Ramblers 310/6; Ladismith 145. Ramblers won by 165 runs
Mossel Bay B 219; Bongolethu B 80. Mossel Bay B won by 139 runs; Mayflower B 93; Union Stars C 95/3. Union Stars C won by 7 wickets; Thembalethu B 96; NMMU B 97/3. NMMU B won by 7 wickets
Union Stars 173/4, Ramblers 82. Union Stars won by 91 runs; Calitzdorp 165/1; Selbourne 73/8. Calitzdorp won by 92 runs; Dysselsdorp 30/6; Selbourne 32/2. Selbourne won by 8 wickets; Ramblers 124/5; Calitzdorp 102. Ramblers won by 22 runs; Ramblers 205/5; Selbourne 48. Ramblers won by 157 runs; Dysselsdorp 111/6; Calitzdorp 113/7. Calitzdorp won by 3 wickets