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Assupol Tuks wins Red Bull Campus Cricket T20 world title for the third time

Posted on November 04, 2019

Assupol TuksCricket's celebration of 100 years of cricketing excellence was made even more special on Saturday night when they won the Red Bull Campus Cricket T20 tournament in Dubai.

It is the third time that the Assupol Tuks wins the tournament; they were also victorious in 2014 and 2015.

Having watched the Springboks beat England in the Rugby World Cup final earlier in the day, the Tuks players were inspired to do the same and brought the “Cup” home to South Africa.

They had Pakistan's University of Karatsji team on the back foot 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 and limiting the Pakistan team to 100/10.

Credit must go to Karatsji's bowlers who took the fight to the Assupol Tuks batsmen. After nine overs Tuks had their backs against the wall with the score at 5/48.  Fortunately, Jandre Pretorius and Aron Visser kept their cool and steered the team to a victory. 

Visser scored 36 runs from 21 balls and Pretorius 36 from 41 deliveries.

Assupol Tuks captain Jiveshen Pillay was named batsman of the tournament after having scored 245 runs in five games. He was also rated as the most valuable player.

Pillay had the distinction of being the only batsman to score a century during the tournament. In the semi-final encounter against Sri Lanka's International College of Business & Technology, he was at his best, scoring 109 runs from 64 deliveries. This included 10 fours and six sixes. In five games he hit 20 fours and 13 sixes.

De Swardt and Pretorius were also counted among the top five players of the tournament. De Swardt was the leading wicket taker with 10 wickets in five games while Pretorius scored the third-most runs. In five games he amassed 160 runs. Trumpelmann was the fourth-best bowler with nine wickets.

The best fielder was Donovan Ferreira who took eight catches. Francois van Heerden was the second-most effective wicketkeeper, making three stumpings.

Asked how Assupol TuksCricket continues to dominate nearly every tournament they play, Kruger van Wyk (head coach) said the key to their success was planning.

"Talent identification 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 praised Pillay.

"He is a true warrior. Jiveshen 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."

- Author Wilhelm de Swardt
Published by Hlengiwe Mnguni

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