Matigimu and Trumpelmann share 10 as Tuks win Varsity Cup Week

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Kundai Matigimu and Ruben Trumpelmann shared 10 wickets between them across two play-off matches as University of Pretoria (Tuks) were crowned the 2019 Varsity Cup Week winners on the final day of action in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

The Tshwane side crushed University of Stellenbosch (Maties) by seven wickets in their semi-final, before securing an eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis triumph over University of Johannesburg (UJ) in a shortened final, which was an eight over affair after a light pylon failure at Senwes Park.

Tuks, who ended the week with just one defeat, took on Maties in the first semi-final of the day where they were asked to bowl first after losing the toss.

But their bowlers, led by Matigimu and Trumpelmann, were on song as they restricted the Cape side to 125 for nine in their 20 overs. The former grabbed three for 33 and the latter two for 21 with the Maties batsmen all struggling.

Sean Murray Gilson (2/18), the leading wicket-taker in the competition, also landed a double, with Timothy Whitehead top-scoring on 35. Only two other men - Fritz de Beer (28) and Isma-eel Gafieldien (21) - managed to reach the 20s, leaving Tuks a modest target of 126.

And they needed only 14.4 overs to race to victory with the ever-consistent Neil Brand (52 off 35 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) leading the way with an excellent half-century.

UJ then joined them in the final after a strong Joshua Richards and Delano Potgieter batting display led them past host North West University (Pukke) in a 43-run win. Both hit half-centuries as the Gauteng side amassed 209 for four after they had lost the toss and were put into bat first.

Richards blasted 65 off 41 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) and Potgieter 58 off 31 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes), and even though they were outshone by Pukke’s Henro Janse van Rensburg (73 off 43 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes), the home side could only manage 166 for eight in reply.

Andrew Rasemene (4/30) was the star with the ball, taking UJ to a final showdown with their Gauteng rivals.

There was drama early in in the game as the power went out on one of the floodlight pylons, forcing time to be lost in the game, and by the time they got going again, the conditions were revised to eight overs per side.

UJ tried to go hard early on, but the plan backfired as they could only manage 60 for seven. Once again it was those two men, Matigimu and Trumpelmann, that stood out – the former snapping an incredible two for two and the latter three for 12. Glen Adams top-scored with 18.

Even though Tuks ran into some early trouble during the reply, when they fell to five for two, the efficient Brand’s 19 not out and Aaron Visser (17 not out), together with 20 extras, led them comfortably to the title with 2.2 overs to spare.