Van Wyk proud of Tuks boys

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - CRICKET RE­PORTER

THE hours of hard work and dis­ci­pline put in by the play­ers of Tuks Cricket cer­tainly paid off as four of them were se­lected for the 2017 CSA Na­tional Academy Men’s squad.

Head coach, Kruger van Wyk, is ex­tremely proud of the play­ers who were se­lected for the squad.

“All th­ese play­ers have ex­celled at univer­sity, club and pro­vin­cial cricket while main­tain­ing their aca­demics to pass their cour­ses,” Van Wyk said. “For us, aca­demics is a player’s first pri­or­ity, we will struc­ture train­ing around their classes to en­sure that they get to class and pass their sub­jects. We are very proud of th­ese play­ers and we wish them all the best for the time that they are with the Na­tional Academy Squad.”

Lungisani Ngidi im­me­di­ately started play­ing for Tuks 1 in Univer­sity and NCU com­pe­ti­tions from 2015.

In the 2015-16 sea­son, Ngidi was se­lected to play for North­erns in the Africa T20 Cup and soon made his de­but for the Ti­tans in the Ram Slam T20 and the One-Day Cup. He was also se­lected for the SA USSA side for their 2016 tour­na­ments against SA and the Sri Lankan Emerg­ing Sides. At the start of this sea­son, Ngidi made his first-class de­but for the Ti­tans.

Thomas Kaber only moved to Tuks in the 201516 sea­son af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury. Af­ter join­ing Tuks, he quickly worked him­self back into the North­erns Se­nior Pro­vin­cial Side where he has play­ing ever since. He also cap­tains the side. He was se­lected for the SA USSA team af­ter the 2016 Var­sity Cricket Week.

Tony de Zorzi joined Tuks and the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria from King Ed­ward XII School in 2016 af­ter re­turn­ing from the ICC Un­der-19 World Cup as the cap­tain of the South African side. He was ap­pointed as cap­tain of the Tuks I team for this sea­son. De Zorzi has also been called up to the North­erns Se­nior Pro­vin­cial team.

Mi­gael Pre­to­rius is one of the new­est play­ers at Tuks as he joined the Club at the start of the sea­son. Dur­ing this past sea­son Mi­gael has been a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the North­erns Se­nior Pro­vin­cial team.

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