Pukke captain, Lubbe, continued his scintillating form with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 75 with some tremendously powerful shots to all areas of the ground, much to the delight of home supporters. The carnival atmosphere provided the perfect setting for Pukke to thrive in, as they kept control of the chase.
The chanting from the pro-Pukke crowd was almost as well orchestrated as Pukke’s batting. Runs seemed to be scored effortlessly. Drawing the largest crowd of the Varsity Cricket tournament thus far, the match produced the goods, particularly if you supported Pukke.
Early on, Pukke bowled with bullseye accuracy and they had UWC in trouble when Jovuan Van Wyngaardt took two wickets with some fine swing bowling. Smith and Walbrug combined for a 75-run partnership to take the score to 90 before Lubbe struck to reduce UWC to 90/4. Pukke then put their foot on UWC’s throats for the remainder of the innings as they contained UWC to 122/7 after 19 overs
Pukke continued the trend of starting well, as Lubbe got stuck in early on. Ruan Haasbroek chipped in as well with a few quick fours. UWC kept plugging away though, and Matthew Parks produced a beauty to dislodge Haasbroek’s stumps. Marques Ackerman joined Lubbe and together they knocked off the required runs with five overs to spare.
Pukke finished UWC off with clinical accuracy. After his mach-winning knock, Lubbe said: 'I really enjoyed the ball coming onto the bat well and it was great to make a good score.' Pukke will be tough to beat in their next game against UJ, but UJ are thriving on confidence after their win against Kovsies where they chased down 204 runs earlier in the day.
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