UP-Tuks continued their surging Varsity Cricket run when they claimed their second consecutive victory after defeating UCT by 52 runs at the NWU-Puk Oval on Tuesday. The winning side raced to 175/5 whilst restricting UCT to 123/7.
The defending champions took their time getting their rhythm going. The wicket was initially a bit tricky to read, but the compass soon pointed 'due boundary'. UCT's Frank Norval took the first wicket in the second over when he had Matome Modiba caught for four.
It was then up to Murray Coetzee and Evan Jones to steady the ship, getting their side to 50 in the seventh over. Coetzee then departed for a patient 22 runs, caught after mistiming a Stuart Cox delivery on the boundary. Tuks were 78/2 at the halfway mark and triple figures were reached in the 12th thanks to a clever six by Thomas Kaber.
It was, however, the Jones Show as the classy right-hander kept nudging his strike rate up by sometimes employing the most unorthodox of shots. The Power Play was called in the 15th over, but only produced a single boundary. Jones (77 from 41) and Kaber (38 from 28) then departed, leaving Sean Phillips and Ruben Claassen to steer the Pretoria-based outfit to 175.
Tuks began their defense in stellar fashion when Richard Tissiman was superbly runout by Blake Schraader, Landre Coetsee bowled a scorcher to send Riaz Sader back and Ruben Claassen trapped Taariq Chiecktey plumb before the wicket. Hillio De Abreu then lasted only four deliveries before making his way back to the stands. The first six of the second inning was struck as late as the 12th over by Michael Ross and he followed that up by losing his wicket to Claassen.
Stuart Cox continued the slide after scoring seven. Tight bowling by Tuks ensured that the result was beyond the grasp of UCT before the Power Play was called in the final over.