Following their recent Varsity Cricket success, Perdeby took some time to chat with the best batsman and bowler of the 2016 edition, Evan Jones and Vincent Moore. Both players caught the eye of supporters that flocked to the fields of Senwes Park in Potchefstroom with their performances.
What does the title of best batsman or best bowler at a tournament of this grandeur mean to you as a player?
Jones: It means that you went into a big tournament with personal goals, and you not only achieved them, but helped your team reach their goals too – and that’s even better.
Moore: It means that all the hard work during our preparation paid off … but an individual [only] does well if the team does well.
Was there a particular moment in the tournament that stood out for you?
Jones: To lift the trophy with the team is definitely a memory that will last forever! Getting my hundred runs definitely stands out for me, too.
Moore: Winning the final was an unbelievable feeling, but what stands out the most for me is the match we played against Pukke in the semi-final – it was as close to perfect as we could get.
How are you finding the transition from former coach Pierre de Bruyn to your current coach, Chris Kruger?
Jones: Change will always bring challenges, but coach Pierre created a culture in our team that we could continue during this tournament. We will miss him in the future but we are excited for the new chapter at TuksCricket working with coach Kruger.
Moore: Coach Chris has always been a huge part of the team’s success so being in charge of the Varsity Cricket team was not much of a transition. The future of UP-Tuks is in good hands under coach Kruger.
This is only the second edition of Varsity Cricket. What has your experience in the tournament been like as a whole?
Jones: It’s a great tournament. You get to play against guys who play [both] amateur and franchise cricket, which [allows] you to rate yourself as a player. Also, the fact that the matches are televised makes it a great opportunity to show South Africa your talent.
Moore: It’s great and gives us students the opportunity to play on a big stage on national television, which makes it a lot easier to get your name out there and to show [South Africa] what you can do