Record-Breaking Theunis De Bruyn Leads Tuks To Victory

Assupol Tuks captain Theunis De Bruyn made the largest individual score in Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals history as he plundered 137 not-out to lead the University of Pretoria to an emphatic 114-run victory over the University of Liberal Arts in London yesterday.  De Bruyn raced to a 49-ball century as Tuks, who had won the toss, slammed 205 for four in the T20 match against the Bangladesh representatives in the Varsity World Cup.  The Tuks openers, Aiden Markram (22) and Gerry Pike (34), provided the stable foundation for De Bruyn to launch in the closing overs.

The 21-year-old needed just 60 balls for his phenomenal innings which included 12 fours and eight sixes.  De Bruyn took 51 runs off the last three overs, including 24 off the final over bowled by medium-pacer Abdullah Imran.  It was a clinical, ruthless display of batting by De Bruyn and the Tuks bowlers then dished out a similarly efficient performance as they restricted the University of Liberal Arts to 91 for seven in their 20 overs.  New-ball bowler Corbin Bosch (3-0-16-2) and lanky off-spinner Ruben Claassen (4-0-22-2) were the most successful bowlers, but everyone contributed.

There were also wickets for seamer Johan Wessels and left-arm spinner David Mogotlane, but none of the eight bowlers used conceded more than six-an-over.  Tuks play England’s Leeds Bradford MCC today, before finishing their round-robin against Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association on Wednesday.  The West Indians won a low-scoring encounter against Leeds Bradford yesterday, so the hosts are bound to come out firing against Tuks today.