Assupol Tuks will enter the fifth and final day of the Momentum National Club Championships in pole position after bagging an unequivocal, 125-run triumph in Day Four’s biggest match against North West University Pukke at Tshwane University of Technology Oval on Wednesday.
The local side who represent the Multiply Titans in the competition, put 242 on the board before they were bowled out with two deliveries to spare after Pukker elected to field first.
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Niel Brand was once again the star with the bat, top-scoring with 73 runs from 84 deliveries, with useful contributions also coming from Donovan Ferreira (56 off 61) and Rubin Hermann (41 off 25) to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Pukke’s batting reply was not good enough. They were shot out for 117 in 38.4 overs thanks to superb bowling by Ruan de Swardt, who returned exceptional figures of 4/9 in six overs, including two maidens. Gideon Peters was also impressive, taking 2/18 in six overs (1 maiden).
Tuks will now face the Hollywoodbets Crusaders in the main match of Day Five at Assupol Tuks Oval.