#TuksSport: TuksCricket still unbeaten at the 2023 USSA Cricket Championships in Cape Town

Posted on December 05, 2023

The TuksCricket team made sure they were off to a good start, beating Wits by 59 runs and Maties by six wickets at the 2023 USSA Cricket Championships.

Today in Durbanville, Cape Town, Maties batted first. From the third over, things started going wrong for Maties. Matthew Boast got the wicket of Khayehile Sithole. By the ninth over, Maties was with their back against the wall, scoring 29/3. Tuks's bowlers never relented. It led to Maties being bowled out for 99 runs in 37 overs

Kundai Matigima was brilliant for the second consecutive day, taking 4/31. Against Wits, he took 3/38. Merrick Brett was also impressive, finishing with figures of 3/22. Boast took 2/9 in seven overs.

Wisani Mushwana scored Tuks's winning runs in the 26th over, hitting a four. Tuks ended up with 100/4. Raees Salie top-scored for Tuks with an unbeaten 37 runs from 63 balls (5x4, 1x6).

Keagan Lion-Cachet was outstanding for Tuks against Wits, scoring 93 runs from 99 balls (10x4, 1x6). The game was in the balance when the third-year education student went to bat. At the time, Tuks was on 66/3. Cachet was involved in two significant partnerships that swung the game. He and Raees Salie put on a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Then Cachet and Aphiwe Yako were involved in a 120-run fifth-wicket partnership. Yako scored 64 runs on 57 balls (9x4).

Their heroics led to Wits needing to score 284 runs in 50 overs. Wits was bowled out for 225 in the 48th over. Kundai Matigima (3/38) and Nathan Ngugi (3/33) bowled brilliantly. Lion-Cachet took three catches as wicketkeeper. He did the same today in the game against Maties.

Lion-Cachet credits his success to the TuksCricket Head of Programme, Kruger van Wyk.

"As far as I am concerned, "Coach Kruger" is one of the best, if not the best, in South Africa. He is a stickler who believes that to excel, one must master the basics first and not allow for bad habits."

Excelling in sports comes naturally for the Lion-Cachet's. Aunt Susan was, in the 1970s, a South African javelin throw champion and national record holder. Keagan's dad, Allan, was unlucky to miss out on representing South Africa as a sailor at the Olympic Games.

- Author Wilhelm De Swardt

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