Assupol TuksCricket’s celebration of 100 years of cricketing excellence got more special over the weekend when they won the Red Bull Campus Cricket T20-tournament in Dubai.
This effectively means that they can again be regarded as the world’s best universities cricket team.
Kruger van Wyk’s team had the Pakistan’s University of Karatsji on the backfoot from the very first over.
Ruben Trumpelmann trapped Kashif Iqbal leg before wicket with his fourth delivery. Ruan de Swardt was even more devastating with the ball taking 5/12 in four overs limiting the Pakistan team to 100/10.
Credit must go to Karatsji’s bowlers who took the fight to Assupol Tuks batsmen. After nine overs Tuks were with their backs against the wall with their score being 5/48. Fortunately, Jandre Pretorius and Aron Visser kept their cool and steered the team to a victory. Visser scored 36 runs off 21 balls and Pretorius 36 off 41 deliveries.
It is the third time that Assupol Tuks managed to win the tournament. They were also victorious in 2014 and 2015.
The Assupol Tuks captain, Jiveshen Pillay, ended up being the best batsman during the tournament scoring 245 runs in five games. He was also rated as the most valuable player. He was the only batsman able to score a century during the tournament. He did that by getting 109 during the semi-final encounter against Sri Lanka’s International College of Business & Technology.
De Swardt was the leading wicket taker with ten wickets in five games while Pretorius scored the third-most runs when he was able to score 160 runs during the tournament.
The best fielder was Donovan Ferreira who took eight catches. Francois van Heerden was the second most effective wicketkeeper making three stumpings.
On being asked how Assupol TuksCricket continues to dominate nearly every tournament that they are participating in, coach Kruger van Wyk responded saying that the key to their success is planning.
“Talent identifying and player management are of utmost importance, especially since we are continually losing players to the provincial franchises. That is exciting, but it also means there is never resting on one’s laurels. At any given time, we try and have more than one good player in any position so as not to be caught off guard,” Van Wyk explained.
The coach also praised his captain.
“Jiveshen is a true warrior. He had gone through a torrid time undergoing surgeries in both knees. Still, instead of feeling sorry for himself, he tends to get more motivated. He wants to make the most of every opportunity and he led this team by example in Dubai,” Van Wyk concluded.
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