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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.
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
Assupol TuksCricket is currently ranked as the number 1 club and university team in the country.
TuksCricket Win Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals
Assupol TuksCricket has been crowned the winners of the 2014 edition of the RedBull Campus Cricket World Championship.
In a very tough semi-final against the university team from India, which went down to the final over needing four runs to win, the winning runs were hit off the first ball of the over to secure our spot in the final of the tournament. This was the first time South Africa and South African universities were represented at this exciting T20 tournament.
Assupol TuksCricket came up against the West Indian team, whom they had beaten in their final pool game earlier in the week.
With the final promising to have all the makings of a good contest, Assupol TuksCricket won the toss and elected to bat, putting up a good score and making the West Indian team have to chase 189 runs to win.
The Tuks team came out firing and in the usual fashion, which secured them the place in the finals. They tightened up their bowling and fielding, putting pressure on the opposition.
With the West Indies requiring 45 runs off the last over, the writing was on the wall, and Assupol TuksCricket, representing South Africa in this international tournament, were crowned winners and world champions,
This amazing achievement completes the already successful last three years of the Tuks Cricket Club, having won the National Cricket Club Championship earlier in the year and the National USSA tournament in December 2013, and being crowned Team of the Year at the Gauteng Sports Awards two weeks ago.
Congratulations must go to Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn, the various other TuksCricket coaches involved, the management and administration teams of the club, sport science and medical staff who supported the team in its preparation and especially the group of players who put many hours of hard work and dedication into achieving this milestone.
Assupol TuksCricket once again showed up the winning culture at the University of Pretoria and TuksSport and proved that South African teams can win world finals and championships.
TuksCricket Win Sports Team of the Year at the Gauteng Sports Awards
On Friday evening Assupol TuksCricket won the Sports Team of the Year Award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sports Awards that was hosted at The Teatro at Monte Casino. Assupol Tuks 1 won this award based on their achievements of 2013 where they won the following competitions:
· Winners of the Momentum CSA National Club Championships for the second year in a row and unbeaten in 12 matches over the last two seasons.
· Winners of the NCU Premier League for three years in a row.
· Winners of the NCU Knock-Out Competition for four years in a row.
· Winners of the NCU T20 Club Competition.
· Winners of the USSA Cricket Week
· Tuks 1 is the number 1 ranked club and university team in South Africa.
TuksCricket head coach, Pierre de Bruyn, said, “In my opinion of all the awards that we’ve won in the last 3-4 years, this is by far, the most prestigious award we’ve won. This just confirms again that the work ethic, the sacrifices, and the brutal accountability that this team has put in over the last couple of years has paid off. This award goes to a very mature and dedicated team including all TuksCricket players, coaches and administrators. TuksCricket will keep on setting the benchmark higher and higher to dominate amateur cricket in this country. We’ve got a very unique culture of excellence that has taken time and we know how valuable this culture is for our success.”
Assupol TuksCricket Win Momentum National Club Championships for Third Consecutive Year
Tuks put on a powerful performance throughout the tournament and finished top of the log in section two and went through to the final where they played against Madibaz PE at SuperSport Park.
The Madibaz won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Tuks batsmen took the opportunity and the first four Tuks batsmen, Aiden Markram (79), Murray Coetzee (52), Johan Wessels (49) and Graeme van Buuren (97), put in a combined effort to help Tuks score 316 for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.
In return, the Tuks bowlers defended the total magnificently and managed to bowl out the Madibaz for 222 in 40 overs ensuring a victory of 94 runs for TuksCricket. Sean Nowak (8-1-31-3) took three wickets in the match and Gerhard Linde (7-0-32-2) and Corbin Bosch (6-0-28-2) each took two wickets. Graeme van Buuren was named Man of the Match.
TuksCricket have been unbeaten in the last three National Club Championships, 18 consecutive matches in total.
TuksCricket's vice captain, Aiden Markram, who captained the World Cup Winning SA u19 team earlier this year and who was player of the tournament in the World Cup, was the highest run scorer in the 2014 National Club Championships. He was also named player of the tournament. He scored 210* on day 3 of the tournament when TuksCricket played against United CC. This is the highest individual score by any batsman in National Club Championship history.
TuksCricket Head Coach, Pierre de Bruyn said, “These players put in a lot of work to produce this result for three years running. To be unbeaten for three years is a massive achievement and it’s because of the winning culture we have instilled in the team. This is all due to their hard work and sacrifice and having lost seven senior players from last year’s final to franchise and provincial teams, I’m especially happy to see our youngsters playing their part and making positive contributions.”
Over the past few months TuksCricket has been collecting new and used cricket kit from players and coaches. On Tuesday, 15 July, TuksCricket did a hand over of this kit to Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd to enable them to be better equipped for the cricket season ahead.
Assupol TuksCricket is presenting a Pre-Season Junior Coaching Clinic to prepare for the upcoming cricket season. The clinic will take place on three consecutive Saturdays before the start of the season on 19th July, 26th July and 2nd August. The clinic will be hosted at the University of Pretoria Sports Campus.
This Pre-Season programme will be a fantastic opportunity for Junior division players to prepare for the upcoming NCU Junior Leagues and School leagues. Players can also register to play for TuksCricket for the 2014/2015 cricket season when entering for this clinic.
The passionate and professional coaching staff and bursary players at TuksCricket will ensure that the coaching includes all aspects needed to give players that extra edge.
Please contact the TuksCricket Office on 012 420 6151 for more information
Prepare the players for the upcoming season.
To emphasise fundamental skills such as specialist bowling, batting and fielding, giving the players the necessary foundation and specialist techniques for long term growth.
To receive guidance while executing drills and skills.
To expose teams to new tactics, set pieces and specialist skills.
The clinic will be presented on Saturday 19th July, Saturday 26th July and Saturday 2nd August.
u9 and u11 players will train from 9h00 – 11h00
u13 and u15 players will train from 11h00 – 13h00
Players must meet at least 15 minutes before their session at the TuksCricket Clubhouse on the UP Sports Campus (LC de Villiers)
Drinks will be provided
TuksCricket Pre-Season Junior Coaching Clinic
This package includes the following and will be concentrating on:
Bowling session in CSA Indoor Center of Excellence