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The Tuks Cricket Club was started in 1919 as a men’s cricket club and the club broadened its horizons in 1996 by starting a women’s cricket team. TuksCricket is not only a cricket club, in 2008, Rob Walter – currently the Unlimited Titans Head Coach – started the TuksCricket Academy which consists of a junior and senior academy.
In the 2013/2014 season TuksCricket won the NCU Premier League for the fourth year in a row, the NCU Reserve League, the NCU Fourth League, the NCU Ladies League, the NCU Ladies T20 League, the NCU Knock Out Competition and the NCU T20 Club Competition. Tuks 1 also won USSA, the Red Bull Campus Cricket SA Finals and the Momentum National Club Championships for the third year in a row. At the end of 2013 TuksCricket won the TuksSport Club of the Year Award and head coach, Pierre de Bruyn won the TuksSport Coach of the Year Award.
In 2014, South Africa were invited to take part in the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals - a University World Cup - for the first time. Assupol TuksCricket represented South Africa and are now the best university cricket team in the world.
Currently the TuksCricket coaching staff include, Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn (Former Titans and Dolphins player), Chris van Noordwyk (former Titans Head coach), Andre Nel (Former Protea player) and Aldin Smith (Former Titans player).
TuksCricket is a great platform for cricketers who want to take their cricket to the next level. Currently four national captains are TuksCricket players, namely AB de Villiers (SA ODI Captain), Faf du Plessis (SA T20 Captain), Mignon du Preez (SA Ladies Captain) and Aiden Markram (SA U19 World Cup Winning Captain).
Other TuksCricket players who have made it to the next level include Morne Morkel (SA), Albie Morkel (SA), Neil Wagner (NZ), Kruger van Wyk (NZ), Aiden Markram (SA u19), Corbin Bosch (SA u19), Graeme van Buuren (Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Tumi Masekela (Knights) and Matthew Pillans (Dolphins) amongst others
TuksCricket Win Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals
On Saturday 26 July, South Africa (Assupol TuksCricket) was crowned Red Bull Campus Cricket World Champions at The Kia Oval in London.
After a croquet game between the captains of all the teams partaking, Team South Africa were put in to group 2 with the West Indies, Bangladesh, and the hosts, the UK. During the group stages South Africa convincingly won all three their matches to end at the top of their group.
21 July - SA vs Bangladesh: SA won by 114 runs
22 July - SA vs UK: SA won by 7 wickets
23 July - SA vs West Indies: SA won by 56 runs
After ending top in their group Team South Africa played against the defending champions, India, in the semi-final at the Kia Oval on Saturday 26 July. SA won the match by 5 wickets, with 5 balls to spare qualifying for the Final against West Indies,. The West Indies beat Australia earlier that day to go through to the final.
South Africa really found their flow early in the first innings, with Johan Wessels taking the game by the scruff of the neck and posting his second consecutive 50 runs, finally finishing on 61 from 40 balls helping South Africa score a formidable 188.
In return, the Windies lost an early wicket but showed great resilience to get their run rate back up. Cassius Burton put in a fine display reaching a half century but was eventually stumped by Klaasen for 55 runs. Then South Africa seized control as Vincent Moore took 4 wickets and Corbin Bosch 3 wickets. The Windies put on a fine performance to the last over but were 40 runs short, finishing up on 148/9.
Victorious South African Captain Theunis De Bruyn said of the tournament,”The whole experience has been fantastic. It’s been great to meet all the guys from around the world and it’s been a pleasure playing against them. We were very proud of being chosen to represent our country and to lift the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals trophy here at The Kia Oval was unbelievable.”
The South African captain had further cause for celebration as he was voted the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals Player of the Tournament having scored 209 runs with an average of 52 runs on the way to victory. His team mate Johan Wessels was voted Player of the Final for his 61 off of 40 balls in the final hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes.
TuksCricket Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn, “We are the best in South Africa. We represented Africa at the campus cricket world finals and beat the best on the globe to confidently say we are now the best in the world,”
An extract from an article by Rohan Vyavaharkar, from Red Bull UK
“Win. One word. The only word. Over a hundred young cricketers who believe in the gospel of victory all started the search for their holy grail at Wormsley Cricket Ground over a week. The pilgrimage ended at the Oval Cricket Ground in London on Saturday.
And ultimately, there was just one set of disciples that stood separated from the others.
However, unlike scriptures that prescribe the word of one or a few, next year, another tome will be written again.
South Africa earned the right to be crowned the World Champions of Red Bull Campus Cricket by playing clinical cricket. That’s the most precise word to describe the way the Assupol TUKS played from the moment they got here.
At the draw ceremony, the Pretorians were the most sharply dressed team and generally ruffled feathers with their rather professional looking set up. It was clear they meant business.
Over the three days of the group stages, they went about demolishing their opponents. First in the firing line was Bangladesh, then the home team Leeds/Bradford MCC and finally the West Indies’ Jamaica Intercollegiate who they would beat twice on the way to the title.
It would be fair to say that the TUKS didn’t win too many postcard friends, but it would be even fairer to say they won everyone’s admiration. Their methodical manner meant they didn’t panic even when the Jamaicans launched a last ditch counter measure hitting spree or they didn’t wilt under pressure when India caused them problems in the semis or continued diving and sliding on the field against a hapless Bangladesh who was going to get nowhere close to their target.
If this comes to set the bar for the level of cricket and resolve to win Red Bull Campus Cricket then its worthy to say that the global tournament has found worthy ambassadors.”
Two TuksCricket Players in Two World Cup Winning Teams in One Year
History was made when two TuksCricket players, Aiden Markram and Corbin Bosch were extremely privileged to have played and to have won two World Cup tournaments in 2014. Both Markram and Bosch represented the SA u19 team at the ICC u19 World Cup in Dubai in February 2014 where Bosch was named “Man of the Match” in the final and Markram, who was captain of the team, was named “Player of the Tournament”. Later in the year both players were selected for Assupol TuksCricket who beat Maties in the Red Bull Campus Cricket SA Qualifiers and then qualified to represent South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals in London in July. At these universities World Cup teams from South Africa, West Indies, Australia, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka competed to become the best in the world. South Africa beat the West Indies in the final at the Kia Oval by 40 runs to become the best university cricket team in the world.
Markram finished with the second most runs in the tournament (174 off 141 balls), behind SA team mate, Theunis de Bruyn (209 off 107 balls), with a highest score of 76 against West Indies in the group stages. Bosch finished as the leading wicket taker in the tournament taking a total of 12 wickets in 5 matches, his best spell being against England in the group stages where he finished with figures of 4-0-27-4.
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