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.
NATALIE THOMPSON: Tuks 1 beat Tuks 2 on Sunday 17 February in an all-Tuks Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) T20 final. The match ended in a tie and Tuks 1 won the super over to win the cup.
Tuks 1 and Tuks 2 head coach Pierre de Bruyn told Perdeby that he was pleased that the final featured two Tuks teams. “It is really nice to see that our hard work paid off. The match was a show of high-class cricket. It shows our standard and the fight in the boys. I am over the moon that the match was essentially a Tuks elite squad match. I’m so proud.”
NATALIE THOMPSON: TuksCricket have proven to be one of the most successful Tuks clubs in 2012. The club was crowned TuksSport Club of the Year (shared with TuksNetball) at the TuksSport award evening held in October last year.
Based on their past success, cricket lovers should be excited about the 2012/2013 season.
The 2011/2012 season was a busy one for the players. The season began in December 2011 at the University Sports South Africa week. Having dominated the competition, Tuks ended up sharing the trophy with Maties, even though they topped the log due to their overall higher net run rate. Tuks also successfully defended their Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) Knockout title against CBC Old Boys in March. Tuks won the closely-contested final by two wickets.
YVETTE MASHEGO: Residences provide students with exciting new experiences, and residence sport is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and learn the importance of teamwork, respect and commitment.
Traditionally, all residences compete in various RAG games, such as touch rugby (for the girls as well), drastoel, (where participants carry a team member on a chair running across the sports grounds and the Silly Olympics. In this fun version of the Olympic Games, “athletes” build puzzles, carry water in the boots they are wearing and fill buckets of water using their hands. A lot of bruises and falls can be expected, although this only adds to the fun.