Other match winners for Kovsies were their captain Andries Gous with 33 as well as Marno van Greuning who bowled with point blank accuracy to restrict NMMU to 75/8 after posting Kovsies 99/5. The first match of the tournament match eventually kicked off in bright sunshine with Kovsies winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
Openers Gous and Ryan Du Plessis targeted NMMU bowler, Solomzi Nqweni but his fast bowling partner Stefan Tait got rid of Eduard Venter. A couple of wickets later and Kovsies were 40/3. The first powerplay over of the tournament was a mix of excitement as a four, six and wicket was at the order of the day as Anrich Nortje held his nerve.
In the end Kovsies managed a dangerous and competitive score from their 10 overs, largely thanks to Gous’ explosive hitting. NMMU started poorly with Edward Moore being run out in the first over as Kovsies tightened their grip on the game from the onset. A few more soft wickets fell which damaged the Madibaz’ hopes, leaving them at 34/4 after four overs.
Their hopes were on scoring big in the powerplay over, but this was brutally stopped by Van Dyk’s hat-trick. These three wickets also added 15 extra runs to their target. In the end NMMU collapsed under the pressure and will need to up their game against Maties and UCT. Kovsies have made the perfect start and take one step closer to the title.
Kovsies captain Gous says: 'We kept it quite simple and stuck to our plans.'