Assupol TuksCricket crowned Varsity Cricket champions

Assupol TuksCricket crowned Varsity Cricket champions

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

Assupol TuksCricket was crowned this year’s Varsity Cricket champions after beating NWU Pukke by five wickets. The match took place on the evening of 3 February at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Assupol TuksCricket’s batsmen Neil Brand (59 off 57) and Corbin Bosch (41 off 21) were the stars of the show. They propelled UP to victory with the score of 157/5, beating NWU Pukke’s 154/4. Brand snatched the Samsung Man of the Match, FNB Best Batsman and Samsung Player of the tournament.

The Varsity Cricket tournament was held between 29 January and 3 February where eight teams faced each other before the top four teams progressed to the semi-final. The other title contenders were CUT, Madibaz, Maties CC, NWU Pukke, University of Johannesburg, UCT CC and UWC CC. Assupol TuksCricket had a fantastic start to the 2018 leg by beating newcomers CUT by 4 wickets in their first game for the tournament. It was Assupol TuksCricket’s Rubin Hermann’s hit 45 (29) that led to UP’s 131/6 win over CUT’s 129/10. Hermann was named Samsung Player of the Match and the FNB Best Bowler. The FNB Best Batsman went to Assupol TukCricket’s Corbin Bosch while CUT’s Jason Raubenheimer won the Steers Best Catch award.

On the Varsity Cricket Day 2 played on 30 January, Assupol TuksCricket won their second match of the tournament by beating the Madibaz by 36 runs. Rubin Trumpelmann won the FNB Best Bowler award, Donovan Ferreira was awarded the Steers Best Catch award, and Brand was awarded both the Samsung Player of the Match and the FNB Best Batsman award.

On the Varsity Cricket Day 4, the team faced off UCT CC, securing their spot in the semi-final with 57 runs against the Capetonians. Hermann won the Steers Best Catch award while Tony de Zorzi was the Samsung Man of the Match and the FNB Best Batsman of the match for his fantastic 101 runs.

Assupol TuksCricket clashed with UJ in the semi-final with a fantastic 54 runs. Tuks swept past UJ with a whopping 185/4 score to UJ’s 131 all out. Assupol TuksCricket swept up all the awards. Gideon Pieters was awarded the Samsung Man of the Match and the FNB Best Bowler award while de Zorzi was the FNB Best Batsman. de Zorzi (66 off 55) alongside Brand (40 off 33) played a pivotal role in bagging Assupol TuksCricket’s success. Katleho Bala got the Steers Best Catch award. Having lost to NWU Pukke on 30 January by 20 runs, The UP team’s brilliant semi-final play was a needed confidence boost to secure TuksSport’s first win for the year by stripping NWU Pukke of their Varsity Cricket champions title.

 

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