Wits Cricket on a high following momentous GCB T20 campaign
Wits Cricket have ended a sensational sporting year for the university on a high after being crowned champions in the inaugural GCB T20 Competition this past Saturday.
The Wits 1st team IX boys’ coasted to championship success unbeaten in the round robin stage. Wits beat Old Eds in the earlier semi-final en route to ousting cross town rivals UJ Cricket Club by 41 runs in the final that was held at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat first in a game reduced to 18 overs a side due to rain, Wits were put under the pump early by a bowling masterclass led by UJ all-rounder Juan Landsberg. In the end, Wits only managed a modest total of 103 for 9. With the prospect of getting yet another one over their arch nemesis, UJ had it all to play for when they came in to bat; looking relaxed as they backed a strong batting line up.
However, as the conditions overhead changed so too did the atmosphere at the bull ring as UJ lost wickets at regular intervals. Wits skipper and Bizhub Highveld Lions player Nono Pongolo led the team with clever bowling changes and field placements. The pace pair of Brad Morrison and Gauteng under-19s player Bryce Cressy dismantled the UJ cause by taking 3 wickets a piece; resultantly blowing their neighbours away for 62 all out.
This was the first piece of silverware for Head Coach Garnett Kruger who took over the helm in September. At the time, the new coach had his sights set on ensuring that Wits Cricket becomes a force to be reckoned with. Following tournament success, Kruger basks in the glory of his success but asserts that no room should exist for complacency.
“It’s always nice being first in something and Wits are the first team to win The GCB T20 Competition. The mood is happy but I bet you they weren’t happy at the break being 103 for 9. Coaches always want to win and I’m happy for the win, but Wits Cricket still has a lot to do [moving forward]. It’s always nice being first in something and Wits are the first team to win The GCB T20 Competition. Our success in the tournament proves that we can [reach extreme heights] if we really want to,” he said.