NICOLE BARON: Assupol TuksCricket won the coveted Sports Team of the Year award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sport Awards held on 11 July at Montecasino in Johannesburg.
Last year was a successful year for TuksCricket. Assupol Tuks 1 won the Momentum Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Club Championships for the second year in a row, having gone unbeaten in 12 matches throughout the past two seasons. They also won the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League for the third year in a row, the NCU Knock-Out Competition for the fourth year in a row and the NCU T20 Club Competition. Assupol Tuks 1 were also crowned winners of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Cricket Week.
Saadiq Samodien: Don’t mess with a winning formula.
It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.
NICOLE BARON: The 2014 Indian Premier League, better known as the IPL, is much anticipated by sporting fans. The IPL is made up of eight teams with players from around the world. This fast-paced cricket tournament begins on 16 April in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year, 12 South Africans will be competing in the tournament.
USHENTA NAIDOO: Assupol Tuks faced Steinhoff Maties in the first South African Red Bull Campus Cricket finals. The three-match T20 tournament commenced on 8 April at the TuksCricket Oval.
Julia Fish: The Albany triangle is kind of known for its spiky fruit. It does help that a town just down the road has erected a giant homage to the juicy yellow produce. Though if your first thought when hearing the word pineapple is cricket, you are one of the lucky few to have been introduced to one of the most entertaining weeks the district has to offer.
The annual farmer’s league cricket tournament, called Pineapple Week, celebrated its 110th edition this year. Rhodes has three sides lucky enough to compete- the Rhodent’s, the Rats and the Shrews. All teams travel to Port Alfred and play on pitches around the town, with most of the Rhodes squad’s games taking place at the local Port Alfred School.
MICHAEL REINDERS: “Players like him are born once in a lifetime.” This is how former Indian cricketer and national coach Anshuman Gaekwad describes Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who is known as “the little master”, has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 24-year-long career for India.
Tendulkar began his career as an international cricketer at the age of 16 in 1989. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the greatest batsmen, if not one of the greatest cricketers, of his generation, as Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster and former cricketer, has stated.
PHILIP STOFBERG: The Tuks 1 cricket team started their season with three wins over the first two weekends. TuksCricket is currently ranked as the top club team in South Africa and according to head coach and manager Pierre de Bruyn, the team is set on defending that spot. “It is all we are working for,” he said.
Their defence started with a win over Tshwane Metro 1 at the Klipkoppies cricket grounds on 28 September. Tshwane posted a score of 189 in their 60 overs, which Tuks chased down in the 46th over with seven wickets to spare.
GABRIELLA FERREIRA: Tuks 1 successfully defended their Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) title in the final of the NCU Knock-out against the Irene Villagers at Supersport Park on Sunday 24 March.
Rob Byrne: UCT played Oxford University in both 50-over and T20 encounters last week.
UCT recorded a memorable 27-run victory in the 50-over format on Thursday, but lost out in the shorter format, played out at Newlands Stadium on Friday morning.
NATALIE THOMPSON: The Tuks 1 cricket team beat Tuks 2 in a warm-up match for the Premier League on 23 February.
Tuks 1 narrowly beat Tuks 2 the previous weekend in the T20 league final. Unlike in the exciting T20, Tuks 2’s performance left room for improvement as Tuks 1 overwhelmed them in this match.