The two kept rotating the strike, while Cupido seemed to have license to go for the big shots. Their opening partnership of 131 was calculated to a tee as they strolled past 15 overs without losing a wicket.
They then took the Power Plus over with all 10 wickets in hand – an ideal situation to take the game away from Kovsies with a few massive hits. UWC did not take advantage though, as Walbrugh was dismissed just after scoring his fifty. Kovsies now looked for a way back into the match and finally got the wicket of Cupido for 62.
UWC’s captain, Zubair Hamza, chipped in with a quick 20 to lift UWC to their total of 169/3. Kovsies did not get off to the best start as captain Andries Gous was caught early on for 12, leaving Kovsies at 16/1. Directly thereafter Kovsies lost their second wicket as a brilliant direct hit from Cupido left Wihan Victor short of his ground.
UWC were now in seventh heaven and could smell victory against the men from Bloemfontein. Leus Du Plooy and Jacobus Dreyer tried to get Kovsies back into contention with a steady 47-run partnership, but once Zain Allie got the wicket of Du Plooy for 23, things turned into an uphill battle. Another runout saw Kovsies slump to 77/4 with Zain Webster providing the magic for UWC.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as Kovsies lost their fight against a determined UWC outfit who excelled in all departments at the NWU-Puk Oval. Kovsies will now play for pride as they have no chance of making the semi-finals after this loss. UWC next face the reigning champions, Tuks, at Senwes Park tonight in another crucial match.
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