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Luus on fire in Stellenbosch during Cubs Week

By Hannes Nienaber , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News Featured | Main , at 2024-01-07 Tags:

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANAURY 07: Lukas van Rensburg of Northern Champions during the match between Northern Champions and Central Gladiators on day 3 of the 2024 CSA Cubs Week at Tassies Oval on January 07, 2024 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

STELLENBOSCH. – The Northern Champions’ Tristan Luus is in sublime form at this year’s Cubs Week here.

Luus picked up his second five-wicket haul on the third day of the prestigious tournament to help his side to a 63-run victory over the Central Gladiators.

He has also impressed with the bat in each of his side’s matches. Against the Gladiators, he smashed 38 runs from only 21 runs after being the ninth man to the crease.

The pace ace is probably the fastest u19 fast bowler in the country and has previously represented the South African u19-side.

Luus wrapped up the Gladiators’ tail to complete his five-wicket haul, removing their last three batsmen Corné Botha (18), Boaga Gaoraelwe (4), and Fayaaz Vawda (0) in the 47th over to complete his milestone.

The Champions and the Southern Superstars are the only unbeaten teams left in the tournament. It seems that the showdown between the two sides on the final day could decide who will be crowned champions.

The Superstars face the Gladiators on Monday in their penultimate match, while the Champions take on the Western Legends.

The Champions totalled 293 runs, thanks to a 145-run partnership between Lukas van Rensburg (76) and Modise Maloka (65) for the fifth wicket.

The Gladiators’ Tahseen Hanslo (67), Tjaart Mentz (63), and Thebe Gazide (45) all recorded substantial contributions for their side, but they still came up well short of their neighbours’ total.

The Superstars’ SA Schools’ captain, Beni Hansen (69), and Paul James (53) led their team’s charge as they defeated the Eastern Warriors by four wickets.

Raeeq Daniels was superb with both bat and ball for the victorious side. He picked up three wickets at a cost of 41 runs before adding a valuable 49 runs with the bat.

The best bowling figures, however, belonged to Sibulele Sibanzana (3/36).

The Warriors put up a valiant fight as Randy Syce (88) and Sibusiso Mxube (49) helped them to 231 runs before they were bowled out.

The Western Legends bagged their first victory of the tournament, thanks to a good overall team effort, which saw them come out on top by four wickets against the Coastal Conquerors.

Ludwich Schuld (78) and Thuto Matjoi (52) led the way with their half-centuries. The in-form Schuld moved his tournament tally to 176 runs at an average of 58.76 runs per innings.

The duo put together a partnership of 71 runs for the fourth wicket. It was, however, after Schuld lost his wicket, the batting efforts of Caiden Seleka (42) and Christopher Ford (41*) that got their team over the line.

The Conquerors batted first and reached 257/8 in their 50 overs. Darion Rabie (4/49) caused most of the damage.

The losing side’s Ross Coetzee (74*), Blake Simpson (58), Hayden Bishop (48), and Semal Pillay (30) were all among the runs to set the Conquerors’ bowlers a defendable target.

The Conquerors, who were regarded as one of the early favourites to be crowned the champions, will enter the penultimate day of the tournament still searching for their first victory in Stellenbosch.

Summarised Scorecards:  

Eastern Warriors 231 (Randy Syce 88, Sibusiso Mxube 48, Ryan Denston 26; Sibulele Sibanzana 4/36, Raeeq Daniels 3/41); Southern Superstars 234/6 (Beni Hansen 69, Paul James 53, Raeeq Daniels 49, Extras 21; Hamza Khan 2/64). Southern Superstars won by four wickets.

Northern Champions 293 (Lukas van Rensburg 76, Modise Maloka 65, Tristan Luus 38, Marcus Bakker 31, Juan Steyn 28*, Extras 28; Boaga Gaoraelwe 4/44, Fayaaz Vawda 2/30, Cole Francis 2/64); Central Gladiators 230 (Tahseen Hanslo 67, Tjaart Mentz 63, Thebe Gazide 45; Tristan Luus 5/38). Northern Champions won by 63 runs.

Coastal Conquerors 257/8 (Ross Coetzee 74*, Blake Simpson 58, Hayden Bishop 48, Semal Pillay 30, Extras 21; Darion Rabie 4/49); Western Legends 258/6 (Ludwich Schuld 78, Thuto Matjoi 52, Caiden Seleka 42, Christopher Ford 41*; Dayalan Boyce 2/30, Ross Coetzee 2/48). Western Legends won by four wickets.

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