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Tuks take their dominance to a global stage 0

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Ken

Assupol Tuks took their dominance of South African club and universities cricket for the last three years on to a global stage at the end of July as they won the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals at the Oval in London.

For Aiden Markram and Corbin Bosch, it was their second World Cup triumph of the year, following their victory with the South Africa U19 team at the ICC Junior World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in March. The Campus Cricket World Finals are effectively a Varsity T20 World Cup, with the student champions from eight nations taking part.

While Markram and Bosch, and other star players such as Theunis de Bruyn, Vincent Moore and Heinrich Klaasen all enjoyed excellent tournaments for Tuks, their heroes in the crucial knockout stage were two of their lesser-known players, Johan Wessels and Ruben Claassen.

Tuks had breezed into the semi-finals by beating Bangladesh’s University of the Liberal Arts, hosts Leeds Bradford MCCU and the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association, but they had their hands full when they took on defending champions Rizvi College of Mumbai in the final four.

Rizvi had won the toss and elected to bat first, and had cruised to 83 for two in the 12th over before Tuks regained control through spinners Claassen and David Mogotlane.

Lanky off-spinner Claassen produced a brilliant spell of 4-1-10-2, with Mogotlane adding pressure with four overs for just 20 runs, and the Indian team’s lower-order then collapsed to the canny death bowling of Bosch (2-26) and Moore to finish on 122 for nine.

The Tuks run-chase had an anxious start openers Markram and Gerry Pike were out in the first three overs, before De Bruyn (31) and Wessels steadied the innings with a third-wicket stand of 54 in 7.2 overs.

But the loss of three wickets in quick succession, including captain De Bruyn, meant Tuks were under pressure at 90 for five after 15 overs.

But Klaasen (18* off 12) and the inspired Wessels (56* off 52) mounted a rousing comeback that took Tuks home in the 20th over.

In the final, the Tuks total of 188 for six against the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association was built around a ferocious 61 off 40 balls from Wessels.

Pacemen Moore and Bosch then shared seven wickets as the Jamaicans were restricted to 148 for nine in their 20 overs.

Much of the hard work, however, was done by the outstanding Claassen, who took one for 10 in four overs.

Markram, who finished as the tournament’s second highest run-scorer behind De Bruyn, had given the Tuks innings a good start, after they had won the toss, with his 33 off 26 balls, but Wessels, who has no first-class experience nor national U19 caps, kept the scoreboard ticking over and then accelerated brilliantly as the University of Pretoria students posted a formidable total.

Dickson scored 39 off 31 balls to finish the job, while Tian Koekemoer and Bosch provided important cameos right at the death.

Coach Pierre de Bruyn was full of praise for Wessels, the 22-year-old who was superb on finals day, and Claassen.

“It’s the guys without the reputations who really stood up on the final day. Joe Wessels is proving to be a very good player, he played two magnificent innings in the knockout games and I’m ecstatic for him. I used him as a bit of a wildcard and he’s really impressed me as a cricketer.

“Ruben out-bowled everybody in the tournament, including the spinners from the sub-continent. He and Corbin Bosch were the top two wicket-takers and Ruben has improved so much. He’s unique, he’s tall, he gets bounce and he’s not scared to experiment,” De Bruyn said.

While Wessels was named man of the match in both the semi-final and final, Theunis de Bruyn was selected as the Player of the Tournament, having set the tone for Tuks’ triumph with a phenomenal 137 not out off 60 balls against the Bangladeshis on the opening day.

“We’ve had three years of dominance in South Africa and now we wanted to represent our country and measure ourselves on the world stage. I’m over the moon to be able to say we are the best university cricket team in the world, but we worked for it,” coach De Bruyn said.

“We planned for everything and we proved ourselves to everyone. I’m proud of the success and the culture of this team, and nobody can take that away from this side.”

 

Lesser-known Wessels & Claassen star for Tuks 0

Posted on August 03, 2014 by Ken

Johan Wessels and Ruben Claassen, two of the lesser-known stars of the Assupol Tuks team, enjoyed an extraordinary last day at the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals as they led the University of Pretoria to the title in the eight-nation, T20 students’ world cup at the Oval in London at the weekend.

Unbeaten through the group stage, Tuks then won a thrilling semi-final against defending champions Rizvi Mumbai College by five wickets with five balls to spare, before beating Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association by 40 runs in the final.

Wessels was named man of the match in the semi-final and final, scoring half-centuries in both games, and coach Pierre de Bruyn said it was players like him and Claassen, who had combined figures of three for 20 in eight overs on the final day, who had pleased him most.

“It’s the guys without the reputations who really stood up on the final day. Joe Wessels is proving to be a very good player, he played two magnificent innings in the knockout games and I’m ecstatic for him. I’ve used him as a bit of a wildcard and he’s really impressed me as a cricketer.

“Ruben out-bowled everybody in the tournament, including the spinners from the sub-continent. He and Corbin Bosch were the top two wicket-takers and Ruben has improved so much I believe he should be in the Northerns team this summer.

“He’s unique, he’s tall, he gets bounce and he’s not scared to experiment. David Mogotlane has also improved a lot, in all his skills. He’s worked out his game – he’s not a big turner of the ball, but he’s a clever bowler,” De Bruyn said.

In the final, pacemen Vincent Moore and Bosch shared seven wickets as the Jamaicans were restricted to 148 for nine in their 20 overs.

Much of the hard work, however, was done by outstanding off-spinner Claassen, who took one for 10 in four overs, claiming the key scalp of Cassius Burton for 55.

The Tuks total of 188 for six was built around a ferocious 61 off 40 balls from Wessels.

De Bruyn has spent the last few months telling everyone how good a cricketer Wessels, who has no first-class experience nor national U19 caps, is and the 22-year-old was magnificent on finals day, when it really counted.

Aiden Markram had given the Tuks innings a good start, after they had won the toss, with his 33 off 26 balls, but Wessels kept the scoreboard ticking and then had the run-rate boiling over as the University of Pretoria students went into the break with a formidable total on the board.

Sean Dickson scored 39 off 31 balls to finish the job, while Tian Koekemoer (18* off 7) and Bosch (11* off 4) provided important cameos right at the death.

“We’ve had three years of dominance in South Africa and now we wanted to represent our country and measure ourselves on the world stage. I’m over the moon to be able to say we are the best university cricket team in the world, but we worked for it,” De Bruyn said on Sunday.

“We planned for everything and we proved ourselves to everyone. I’m proud of the success and the culture of this team, and nobody can take that away from this side.”

The semi-final was a far tenser affair for De Bruyn and his team.

Rizvi Mumbai had won the toss and elected to bat first, and had cruised to 50 for one after six overs and 83 for two in the 12th over before Tuks regained control through spinners Claassen and David Mogotlane.

Claassen produced another brilliant spell of 4-1-10-2, with Mogotlane applying pressure at the other end as his four overs went for just 20 runs, and the Rizvi lower-order then collapsed to the canny death bowling of Bosch (2-26) and Moore to finish on 122 for nine.

Rizvi seamer John Ebrahim then had Tuks behind the eight-ball as he removed openers Markram and Gerry Pike in his first two overs, before Theunis de Bruyn (31) and Wessels steadied the innings with a third-wicket stand of 54 in 7.2 overs.

But the dismissal of captain De Bruyn, who was named as the Player of the Tournament, and both Koekemoer and Dickson in quick succession meant Tuks were under pressure at 90 for five after 15 overs.

But vice-captain Heinrich Klaasen (18* off 12) and the reliable Wessels (56* off 52) mounted a rearguard action that took Tuks home in the final over.

The efforts of Theunis de Bruyn and Markram in the group games were enough for them to finish as the two leading run-scorers in the tournament, while Wessels charged into third position on the final day.

But all these Tuks cricketers will be heading into the new summer confident of once again really making their mark.

 

Tuks now rule on a global stage 0

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Ken

Having dominated South African club and universities cricket for the last three years, Assupol Tuks took their regime to a global stage at the weekend as they won the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals at the Oval in London.

Unbeaten through the group stage, Tuks then won a thrilling semi-final against defending champions Rizvi Mumbai College by five wickets with five balls to spare, before beating Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association by 40 runs in the final of the eight-nation, T20 varsity world cup.

“We’ve had three years of dominance in South Africa and now we wanted to represent our country and measure ourselves on the world stage. I’m over the moon to be able to say we are the best university cricket team in the world, but we worked for it,” coach Pierre de Bruyn said yesterday.

“We planned for everything and we proved ourselves to everyone. I’m proud of the success and the culture of this team, and nobody can take that away from this side.”

In the final, pacemen Vincent Moore and Corbin Bosch shared seven wickets as the Jamaicans were restricted to 148 for nine in their 20 overs.

Much of the hard work, however, was done by outstanding off-spinner Ruben Claassen, who took one for 10 in four overs, claiming the key scalp of Cassius Burton for 55.

The Tuks total of 188 for six was built around a ferocious 61 off 40 balls from Johan Wessels.

De Bruyn has spent the last few months telling everyone how good a cricketer Wessels, one of the lesser known member of the Tuks squad without any first-class experience or national U19 caps, is and the 22-year-old was magnificent on finals day, when it really counted.

Aiden Markram had given the Tuks innings a good start, after they had won the toss, with his 33 off 26 balls, but Wessels kept the scoreboard ticking and then had the run-rate boiling over as the University of Pretoria students went into the break with a formidable total on the board.

Sean Dickson scored 39 off 31 balls to finish the job, while Tian Koekemoer (18* off 7) and Bosch (11* off 4) provided important cameos right at the death.

The semi-final was a far tenser affair for coach De Bruyn and his team.

Rizvi Mumbai had won the toss and elected to bat first, and had cruised to 50 for one after six overs and 83 for two in the 12th over before Tuks regained control through spinners Claassen and David Mogotlane.

Claassen produced another brilliant spell of 4-1-10-2, with Mogotlane applying pressure at the other end as his four overs went for just 20 runs, and the Rizvi lower-order then collapsed to the canny death bowling of Bosch (2-26) and Moore to finish on 122 for nine.

Rizvi seamer John Ebrahim then had Tuks behind the eight-ball as he removed openers Markram and Gerry Pike in his first two overs, before Theunis de Bruyn (31) and Wessels steadied the innings with a third-wicket stand of 54 in 7.2 overs.

But the dismissal of captain De Bruyn, who was named as the Player of the Tournament, and both Koekemoer and Dickson in quick succession meant Tuks were under pressure at 90 for five after 15 overs.

But vice-captain Heinrich Klaasen (18* off 12) and the reliable Wessels (56* off 52) mounted a rearguard action that took Tuks home in the final over.

Wessels was named as the man of the match in both the semi-final and final, and coach De Bruyn said it was players like him – and Claassen – who had pleased him most.

“It’s the guys without the reputations who really stood up on the final day. Joe Wessels is proving to be a very good player, he played two magnificent innings in the knockout games and I’m ecstatic for him. I’ve used him as a bit of a wildcard and he’s really impressed me as a cricketer.

“Ruben out-bowled everybody in the tournament, including the spinners from the sub-continent. He and Corbin Bosch were the top two wicket-takers and Ruben has improved so much I believe he should be in the Northerns team this summer.

“He’s unique, he’s tall, he gets bounce and he’s not scared to experiment. David Mogotlane has also improved a lot, in all his skills. He’s worked out his ghame – he’s not a big turner of the ball, but he’s a clever bowler,” De Bruyn said.

The efforts of Theunis de Bruyn and Markram in the group games were enough for them to finish as the two leading run-scorers in the tournament, while Wessels charged into third position on the final day.

But all these Tuks cricketers will be heading into the new summer confident of once again really making their mark.

Morgan & Dernbach hurt SA the most 0

Posted on September 04, 2012 by Ken

Eoin Morgan and Jade Dernbach were the people who hurt South Africa the most as England beat them by four wickets with two overs to spare in the third NatWest One-Day International at the Oval on Friday.

 – http://www.supersport.com/cricket/sa-team/news/120831/Morgan_Dernbach_hurt_SA_the_most

Dernbach claimed three big wickets in an under-par South African batting performance that saw the tourists bowled out for 211 inside 47 overs, while Morgan blazed 73 off 67 balls after England had been under some pressure in the run-chase.

Having bowled and fielded so well, the response from England’s top-order batsmen was underwhelming as they struggled to 64 for three after 18 overs.

Ian Bell promises so much at the top of the order with his clean strokeplay and he collected three boundaries in the second over of the innings, bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

But the extra pace of Dale Steyn proved a different matter and Bell was trapped lbw in the third over for 12.

The departure of the quick-scoring Bell was obviously a major early boost for South Africa and the superb work of the back-up pacemen – Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell – as well as spinner Robin Peterson ensured that the more obdurate qualities of Alastair Cook (20 off 47 balls) and Trott were the ones that shone through.

Cook, pulling a Peterson short ball straight to deep midwicket, and Ravi Bopara, given out caught behind off Morne Morkel for a duck, were both unhappy with their dismissals but Morgan then came in and took charge with an innings of enormous authority.

Whatever stroke he played, whether orthodox or innovative, he committed to it fully. The left-hander purred along to his half-century off just 54 balls, with five fours and a six.

The jury may still be out on Trott as a limited-overs player, but the truth is that his was a vital innings in the circumstances for England.

The South African-born batsman committed himself to being the sheet-anchor, turning over the strike for Morgan to make merry.

At one stage South Africa had a sniff, but after Morgan and Trott had added 108 off 119 balls, England were firmly in control.

Morgan hits the ball so cleanly, collecting seven fours and two sixes in his innings, that it was a major surprise when the ball skewed straight upwards from an attempted sweep, presenting Peterson with an easy return catch. It’s perhaps worth reminding Peterson of how Herschelle Gibbs cost South Africa dearly at the 1999 World Cup by celebrating a catch too early, because the left-arm spinner lost the ball before throwing it up, but fortunately the umpires ruled he had completed the catch.

South Africa were still fighting hard and Craig Kieswetter was run out for 14 as he responded slowly to a quick single called by Trott and was beaten by Parnell’s fine piece of fielding.

Trott fell just five runs from victory when Parnell had him caught behind off 71 off 125 balls, with just two fours, but allegations that he had not served his team superbly were well wide of the mark.

South Africa’s bowling – Tsotsobe apart – was impressive.

Morkel barged in with typical aggression and showed good control as he took one for 41 in his 10 overs, while Parnell was excellent despite not swinging the ball back into the batsman, finishing with one for 23 in 10 overs.

Peterson also did his best to bowl South Africa back into the game, taking two for 39, while Steyn, having missed the first two ODIs with a neck injury, did not fully hit his stride and took one for 32 in seven overs.

Tsotsobe was the major disappointment. The slow pitch, which gripped, should have suited the pace at which he bowls as well as the cutters he is normally so good at bowling. But the left-arm seamer was flogged for 55 runs in seven overs.

England’s bowlers had earlier pressured and frustrated the South African batsmen, leading to rash strokes.

Pacemen Dernbach (9-0-44-3) and Jimmy Anderson (9.4-0-44-4) led the way for England but, on a slow pitch, medium-pacer Bopara (10-1-31-1) and off-spinner James Tredwell (10-0-49-2) also played key roles as South Africa were bowled out in 46.4 overs.

South Africa had won the toss and elected to bat, and openers Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith breezed to 50 off 51 balls before the tourists’ momentum was arrested by a rash stroke by Smith.

Looking to impose himself (unnecessarily with things going so well), Smith came down the pitch to Anderson and then, when the bowler pitched short, he was forced to try and pull the ball, missed and was bowled for 18.

Amla once again played some superb strokes, although he did not always get reward for them as he picked out the fielders, going to a nifty 43 off 51 balls and collecting five fours before Dernbach, born in Johannesburg and educated at St John’s, removed him with the first ball of his second spell as he returned for the bowling powerplay.

Amla drove loosely and did not move his feet at a delivery that nipped back and found the inside-edge and then went on to the stumps.

Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers then added 47 for the third wicket in nine overs before the South African captain tried to get too clever.

Tredwell is not the most threatening off-spinner on the planet and the plan had obviously been hatched to target the inexperienced Kent man. Between them, De Villiers and Elgar came down the pitch three times in his previous over, which cost 13 runs.

De Villiers was down the wicket again to the second delivery of Tredwell’s next over, but this time it was a straighter delivery, he was not quite to the pitch, but he went through with the shot and was caught at long-on for 28.

For such a quality batsman, never mind the captain, it was shoddy batting and a gift of a wicket to England.

Faf du Plessis (1) then stepped across outside off stump to expose his leg stump and was bowled by Bopara as South Africa crashed to 122 for four.

Elgar continued to soldier on, his 42 off 61 balls showing the fighting qualities of the left-hander, before the wonderful skills of Dernbach claimed his wicket.

The change of pace and the accuracy of Dernbach’s back-of-the-hand slower ball are remarkable and Elgar was left groping as he was bowled through the gate in the 31st over.

With Dale Steyn returning in place of all-rounder Ryan McLaren, South Africa’s batting had obviously been weakened and the new number one-ranked team were grateful for the grit of the left-handers, JP Duminy and Robin Peterson, that at least assured they had something to bowl at.

Dernbach found the edge of Parnell’s bat twice, conceding three boundaries in the 33rd over, before the left-hander edged another ball that seamed across him to the wicketkeeper.

Duminy and Peterson put on 40 for the seventh wicket before Duminy also tried to lay down the law to Tredwell and holed out to long-off. In a way, his dismissal was even more frustrating because he had shown such good composure in scoring 33 before throwing it all away in the 42nd over.

Even though Peterson survived through to the end of the innings, he could only collect one boundary and score 23 not out off 35 balls.

Anderson was the most successful of the England attack, bowling Dale Steyn (1) and Morne Morkel (7), before trapping Lonwabo Tsotsobe lbw for a first-ball duck, but at that stage the damage had already been done.

This was mainly due to Dernbach’s wonderful bowling in the middle of the innings, while Bopara and Tredwell also proved far trickier to hit than the South Africans had perhaps thought.

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