The NMMU-Madibaz premier league cricket team secured their title of the 2016-17 season when they defeated Old Grey in the T20 Mayoral Cup final at St George’s Park at the weekend.
The five-wicket win will give the Mecer-Madibaz side a boost for their remaining goals this summer which coach Corbyn Dolley said would be focused on retaining the Nelson Mandela Bay premier league title, as well as targeting success in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) week.
A number of Madibaz players showed their worth early in the season when they formed part of the Eastern Province side which triumphed in the Africa Cup T20 competition.
“It’s been a while since EP or the Warriors have managed to win a trophy in a national competition so it speaks volumes for the group of cricketers who were part of that squad,” said Dolley.
The Madibaz coach said he hoped the players would learn from that experience as they competed in a number of tournaments during the season.
“From a Madibaz point of view, we would like to compete for the titles on offer. Success in a tournament of this nature enhances the club’s culture and commitment to achieve excellence both on a local and national level.”
Dolley, a former player who has now taken on the coaching role, wants to ensure the Madibaz continue to make an impact in South African cricket.
“We want the club to remain one of the leading cricket institutions and a beacon for cricket, both in the Eastern Cape and South Africa.
“I’m privileged to be serving the club from the other side of the boundary rope,” he said. “I’m here to serve the players and cricket.
“Essentially you want the players to be hungrier, even after they have some success.
“At Mecer-Madibaz we pride ourselves on being leaders, not only on the field but off it as well.”
The Madibaz confirmed their potential against Old Grey in the T20 final on Sunday when they dismissed their opponents for 98, with Brad Haller, Stefan Tait and Odwa Xonxa taking two wickets each.
Vian Maritz (24) and Lloyd Brown (36 not out) set the students up for a comfortable victory.