A clinical bowling and fielding display by NMMU helped them restrict Maties, who fell 26 runs short of their target at the Ibbies Oval today.
A solid batting display from man of the match Edward Moore, who hit 72 off 55 deliveries, helped NMMU to post 153/5 from 20 overs.
The Madibaz shone under the Potchefstroom sun, as they were tactically smarter than Maties who seemed to wilt under the pressure that the Madibaz field placing created.
Maties lost key wickets as none of their batsmen managed more than 20 runs. NMMU’s best bowlers were Onke Nyaku and Solomzi Nqweni who took two wickets apiece.
NMMU started on a good note through Eddie Moore, who formed a great second-wicket partnership of 72 with Matthew Christensen, before the latter went off with an injury.
Lloyd Brown then joined Moore as they kept the scoreboard ticking until Moore fell to the bowling of Niel Botha – out for 72.
Maties pegged back the runs in the final five overs through accurate bowling from spinner Niel Botha and Brandon Glover with NMMU ending on 153/5 off their 20 overs.
Maties had a poor day with the bat with soft dismissals and a runout making their task that much harder.
The team from Stellenbosch just could not get going and eventually posted 127/8, Isma-eel Gafaldien top scoring with 19.
Maties must now regroup for their next match with Pukke later tonight at 18:00, while NMMU literally change fields to the Puk Oval for their match with UCT.