After targeting a spot in the semifinals, the Madibaz B cricket team went one better by winning pool B in the University Sport South Africa tournament in the Western Cape last week.
Comprising players mainly from the George campus, the Nelson Mandela University side triumphed in thrilling fashion against Free State University by two wickets in the final when the week ended in Stellenbosch on Friday.
Hugo Loubser, the Madibaz sports manager in George, said it was a team effort, with everyone in the squad contributing at some stage.
“The fact that in four of the games we had four different players winning the man of the match award is an indication of how everyone made a contribution,” he said.
“During the week the wickets were shared among all the bowlers and at any one time we could call on at least seven or eight bowlers to share the responsibility.”
There was further recognition for Madibaz players at the culmination of the tournament when Hanno Kotze (Madibaz B) was named the batsman of the tournament.
He was also selected for the USSA team to compete in a triangular tournament involving the CSA National Academy and Emerging Sri Lanka teams in August next year.
In addition, Kenan Smith (Madibaz A) and Levin Muller (Madibaz B) were included in the USSA team which will compete in the Cricket SA Future Cup in April in Kimberley against SA Rural and SA Colts.
The Madibaz A side ended fifth out of eight teams in the top section, comprising the top-ranked sides at the A week.
USSA regulations do not allow institutions to have more than one team in the top section, which means Madibaz B will remain in pool B for the 2019 tournament.