The University of Johannesburg team received a boost when they reached the final of the Varsity Cricket tournament in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
Despite losing to UP-Tuks by eight wickets in a shortened final in Potchefstroom, coach Dumisa Makalima was excited by what lay ahead for the squad.
“There are absolutely some positives which we can take from the tournament,” he said.
“We had a mixture of senior players and youngsters, with quite a few of them making their debuts in this tournament.
“But the players have worked hard over the last six months and they have become a united outfit. They play for each other and that’s very exciting going forward.”
He added that it was also important to complement the talent already in the squad.
“We want to make sure we have good balance in the squad in terms of recruiting and I am confident this team will go from strength to strength.”
The final developed into a frustrating affair for UJ after a power failure resulted in a two-hour delay during their innings.
In the end, the innings was reduced to eight overs, in which the Johannesburg side made 60/7, a reasonable recovery after they had been reduced to 19/5.
UP-Tuks were able to reach their target for the loss of two wickets.