By Don Paterson
The USSA 2017 Cricket tournament was one for the books! With some of the best results UCT has seen
in the past few decades. It was a tournament wherein UCT showed that we can compete with all the
other Universities’ strength. The team was captained by Jamie Rood, who lead a team with the ideal
mixture of experience and youth. This combined well with the team gelling both on and off the field.
The first game of the tournament was against TUKS (University of Pretoria), who were the hosts and
probably the favorites to win the tournament. However, there was lots of energy and excitement in the
Ikeys dressing room before the game. The rain from the previous days left a lot of grass on the pitch,
which meant that it would be a great toss to win and put the opposition in to bat first! Luckily “the
skipper” was up to the task which resulted in the first win of the day as we put TUKS in to bat! Game
TUKS came hard at us by getting off to a solid start, but we were patient. We persisted with our lines
and length. Eventually, it payed off, nicking off the opening batsmen. We took wickets at regular
intervals with the chief destroyed being Tendai Chitongo (the magician) who picked up 3/47 wickets.
Eventually they were bundled out for a 163 which was no small task.
Opening batsmen, Jack Newbey and Taariq Chiecktey, grounded a solid partnership upfront. They batted
with elegance and class, tearing apart the TUKS bowling line-up. They carried us all the way through to
140, up until Taariq was dismissed for a well-played 70. The last few runs were extremely tense. We
realized that we were just about to cause the upset of the tournament. It was only a matter of time
when Jack managed to carry us over the line, ending on an unbeaten 76. A magic moment in UCT
history, when we beat the unbeatable. It was truly a very proud moment to be part of.
The rest of the tournament was equally competitive. Unfortunately, we lost to the University of North
West by 2 wickets and to the University of Johannesburg by 8 wickets. We conquered the University of
Free State by 8 wickets. It was an honor to be involved in such a prestigious competition and fly the UCT
flag so high. A special mention to Taariq Chiecktey, who was part of the team of the week. Congrats
A great effort all round and a terrific tournament which will go down in the UCT history books!
Congratulations to all involved!