Tuks showed their class against a determined UWC with a tense five-wicket victory thanks to their outstanding bowling performance in the first innings and their ability to handle pressure with the bat. Lungi Ngidi, Vincent Moore and Roger Arendse were the standout bowlers who gave an exhibition in T20 bowling. Slower balls, Yorkers and off cutters accounted for many UWC batsmen. Thomas Kaber shined for Tuks in their run chase with 42 alongside Jones who scored 38. It became a little too close for comfort, but Sean Phillips and Ruben Claassen led them over the line.
UWC batted first and Ashley Cupido continued his good form against Tuks with a fiery 33 but then Roger Arendse dismissed him caught behind to swing the momentum of the match. Matthew Parks did not last long and was back in the dugout within minutes, bowled neck and crop for a duck by Arendse. UWC’s main hope was their captain, Zubair Hamza, who looked solid on 27 with six overs to go.
The Power Plus over was called in the 15th over and UWC needed to make merry during the next six balls. Arendse, however bowled five dot balls and only conceded one four in the over to halt UWC’s momentum in its tracks. Hamza soon lost his wicket to a beautiful delivery from leg spinner Thomas Kaber. Hamza was devastated and he took some time to get off the park, knowing that he could have scored a big one tonight.
Tuks’ champion qualities shone through and they took the next four wickets for only 16. In the final few overs Ngidi and Moore were especially potent as they zoned into the stumps with accurate death bowling. It was a case of “you miss, I hit” and Tuks continued hitting with alarming regularity. UWC ended on 133 all out and will be disappointed that they did not take advantage of their good start.
Tuks did not make the good start they wanted as Gerald Pike was out caught for four off the bowling of Warren Stoman. Evan Jones looked in magnificent touch, but he was dropped on nine in the deep. It was to be a costly error for UWC as he added 29 more runs before being caught by Allie at long on.
UWC kept fighting as they restricted Tuks to only 58 after the first 10 overs. Kaber then took the game to UWC with a mixture of improvised and classic shots to take his score to 41. UWC then had a double strike to remove both Kaber and Blake Schraader in the space of three balls as Christians did the damage late on. The team from the Cape could have snatched it, but poor fielding in the final over and a few mistakes cost them a win in the end.
Kaber says: ‘We are happy with the win, even though we struggled in the middle. We pulled it back nicely in the Power Plus over with Roger (Arendse) doing a fantastic job.’ Tuks are now on top of the log two points ahead of UJ, who are in second place after their win against NMMU earlier in the day. UJ and Tuks now meet tomorrow in a titanic match at Senwes Park.
The match will start at 18:00.
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