Despite five consecutive wins at the tournament, our players were unable to make it an even six, with NWU condemning UP to a 4-wicket loss and runner-up status. Despite the final loss, our cricketers could take solace in the string of excellent performances put together at the tournament, which set them up as they looked to succeed at the Momentum National Club Championships in April.
The Varsity Cricket final disappointment proved to be a minor blip in an otherwise excellent season as TuksCricket took the Momentun National Club Championships by storm. A 7-wicket win over UFS on day one, a 78-run victory over Crusaders cricket club on day two, as well as a crushing 135-run victory over University of Fort Hare cricket club on day three, set up an exciting encounter against the tournament’s other undefeated team, NWU. Assupol TuksCricket showed their quality once again, overcoming the North-Westerners in a tightly contested 1-wicket victory. Despite a 5-wicket loss on the final day, Assupol TuksCricket’s four victories saw them crowned champions, with three of their players (Rubin Hermann, Heinrich Klaasen and Thomas Kaber) named in the team of the tournament.
Head Coach Kruger Van Wyk said that he was pleased with the season’s results and that the credit for ending it on such a high note should go to the players. Regarding next season’s exploits, Van Wyk stressed the importance of continuous improvement as well as humility. With such talented and dedicated members both on and off the field, the 2017/18 season looks to be a promising one for TuksCricket.