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Tuks Crowned World Champions at 2019 Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals  


Dubai - United Arab Emirates, Sunday November 3, 2019. South Africa are the new Red Bull Campus Cricket World Champions. While South Africa stunned the world in an epic win against England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, University of Pretoria’s (UP) Assupol TuksCricket team was busy impressing cricket fans in Dubai. The win became South Africa’s 4th win of the competition since its inception in 2012.

After seven days of thrilling on-field action featuring some of the game’s best young players, South Africa thwarted off tough competition from Pakistan to lift the trophy in the grand finale, played at the ICC Academy in Dubai Sports City.

The World Final of Red Bull Campus Cricket saw teams from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh (BAN), India (IND), Pakistan (PAK), South Africa (SA), Sri Lanka (SL), and the United Kingdom (UK) battle it out in a fast and furious T20 tournament. The final, played under floodlights on Saturday evening, was a tight game with South Africa eventually edging it by five wickets to be crowned champions. Mr. Khaled Al Awar, Director of Sports & Events at Dubai Sports Council was on hand to present the winners with their trophy.

Commenting on the win, Jiveshen Pilley, the Captain of the South African team said, “Over the years Red Bull Campus Cricket has proven to be a fantastic platform for student cricketers to showcase their skills and to be seen by national selectors. We are extremely grateful to follow in their footsteps and to get a chance to compete here as well. The tournament in itself is an incredible opportunity and it was a privilege to be hosted and treated like a professional cricketer. As the final proved, the level of cricket was competitive and it pushed us to get better with every match right up until the last ball of the tournament. The tournament also gave players the opportunity to experience Dubai and we would like to thank Red Bull for making this such a memorable trip with so many experiences that we will never forget. The hard work will start soon to ensure that we can compete to be back again next year.”

Held on 27 October – 2 November, the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Final was an action-packed sporting event that helped put the sporting stars of tomorrow firmly in the spotlight. The tournament helped to provide teams of up and coming talent with essential professional cricketing experience as well as offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring professional cricketers to gain recognition and further their careers.

The event previously saw South African talents such as Theunis de Bruyn (2014 - Tuks), Heinrich Klaasen (2014 - Tuks), Aiden Markram (2014, 2015 - Tuks), Lungi Ndigi (2015, 2016 - Tuks) and Janneman Malan (2017 - Pukke) all cut their teeth in the international cricket scene.



Posted by Blanche Conradie (Assupol TuksCricket: Manager) on 2019-11-12.
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