Ma­di­baz cric­ke­ters plan for vic­to­ry

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport -

The Ma­di­baz cricket te­ams are de­ter­mi­ned to ma­ke an im­pact in the U­ni­ver­si­ty S­port SA (USSA) tou­r­na­ment in the Western Ca­pe that star­ted on Mon­day 3 De­cem­ber and ends on F­ri­day 7 De­cem­ber.

The an­nu­al com­pe­ti­ti­on ta­kes pla­ce in S­tel­len­bosch and Nel­son Man­de­la U­ni­ver­si­ty is fiel­ding two te­ams: Ma­di­baz A com­pe­ting in pool A

(the top eig­ht te­ams) and Ma­di­baz B in pool B. Todd Wal­ker from Knys­na plays for Ma­di­baz B.

Ma­di­baz A will be look­ing to ma­ke up for the di­sap­point­ment of lo­sing to P­re­to­ria U­ni­ver­si­ty in last ye­ar’s fi­nal, said cap­tain Da­vid Mas­ter­son, ad­ding that the te­am’s fo­cus would be on their first ga­me a­gainst UCT.

De­spi­te lo­sing so­me key play­ers from last ye­ar, he said t­he­re is still a good spre­ad of ex­pe­rien­ce in the squad, “with mo­re than half the guys playing last ye­ar”.

The Ma­di­baz B te­am, con­sis­ting of pre­do­mi­nant­ly play­ers from the Ge­or­ge cam­pus, will ha­ve a num­ber of new fa­ces in their ranks but are fi­red up to pro­ve their po­ten­ti­al. Ge­or­ge cam­pus s­port ma­na­ger Hugo Loub­ser says their fo­cus would be on im­pro­ving on their per­for­man­ces from last ye­ar w­hen they fi­nis­hed se­venth out of eig­ht te­ams.

“T­his ti­me we want to do bet­ter than that and are ai­ming for the se­mifi­nals.

“I be­lie­ve we can go all the way if we play to our po­ten­ti­al and stick to our ga­me plan,” he said be­fo­re the tou­r­na­ment.

The Ge­or­ge te­am would be mis­sing s­tar bats­man and cap­tain Je­an du P­les­sis, who had pro­vin­ci­al com­mit­ments.

“Alt­hough t­he­re ha­ve been ma­ny chan­ges – t­he­re are on­ly two play­ers left from last ye­ar – I be­lie­ve t­he­re is a gre­at de­al of po­ten­ti­al in the squad,” he said. “Le­vin Mul­ler, who mis­sed the 2017 tou­r­na­ment due to in­ju­ry, is back and has been s­ho­wing re­al­ly good form, whi­le Tra­vis Ac­ker­man, a top-order bats­man and off-spin­ner, will cap­tain the te­am in the ab­sen­ce of Je­an.”

He ad­ded that the lar­ge num­ber of al­l­roun­ders in the si­de pro­vi­ded the co­ach and cap­tain with plen­ty of op­ti­ons, “es­pe­ci­al­ly la­ter in the week w­hen the pit­ches start to we­ar”. –

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Da­vid Mas­ter­son is cap­tai­ning the Ma­di­baz A te­am whi­le they com­pe­te in the U­ni­ver­si­ty S­port SA cricket week in S­tel­len­bosch t­his week.

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