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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
Exciting Season Ahead for TuksCricket
The Assupol TuksCricket Elite Squad finished their preparations for the 2014/2015 cricket season this past weekend with a training camp. After weeks of training the players took part in warm up matches to ensure they put their skills to the test before their first match of the season.
Assupol TuksCricket Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn, said that after winning all the competitions Assupol TuksCricket competed in, their biggest challenge will be to defend all their titles and to be the best Club team in the country and the best University team in the world once again. He added that they will need to raise their own standards to ensure that they stay ahead of their opponents.
Pierre de Bruyn further said, “This season I will be focusing more on transformation and ensuring that I give players more exposure and develop more players of colour. The time has now come to prioritize between our different competitions to ensure that players get the right exposure and opportunities to further their cricket.”
The season ahead will see the start of the Varsity Cup Competition for Cricket and it will be hosted at the University of the North West in Potchefstroom from 2 – 8 February 2015. This is a very exciting addition to the cricket season and the winner of this tournament will represent South Africa at the Red Bull Campus World Finals which will be hosted in India in 2015.
Another exciting change for the season ahead is the appointment of a new captain for Assupol Tuks 1 in Aiden Markram. Aiden started his time at Assupol TuksCricket in the Senior Academy and has worked his way up in the club to become a permanent player in the Assupol Tuks 1 team. Aiden has already had a very successful year in terms of his cricket:
· He was captain for the SA u19 team who won the ICC u19 World Cup earlier this year in Dubai. He was also named player of the tournament in the World Cup.
· He was named player of the tournament in the 2014 Momentum National Club Champs after he scored a double century against United CC, setting a new National Club Champs and TuksCricket record.
· At the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals Aiden finished with the second most runs in the tournament, behind team mate Theunis de Bruyn.
Looking ahead to the new season Aiden said, “As a team we are very excited for the upcoming season, it is a new generation of younger players and there is bucket loads of talent within the squad. The senior players will play a big role in mentoring the younger players and will need to take responsibility on and off the field.”
The first matches of the season will take place this weekend and the fixtures will be as follow:
Assupol Tuks 1 vs CBCOB 1 at the Tuks Oval (9h30)
Assupol Tuks 2 vs Mamelodi 1 at the Mamelodi Oval (9h30)
Assupol Tuks 3 vs CBCOB 2 at Memorial Park (12h00)
Assupol Tuks 4 vs Mamelodi 2 at Tuks C (12h00)
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.”