Gallery: Cape Town Cricket Club v WPCC at WPCC, 20 October 2018 October 20, 2018 admin Uncategorized 0 After Western Province had elected to bat first, Darren Rolfe struck in each of his opening two overs to have the hosts struggling at 32-3 – en route to equalling his T20 career-best bowling figures of three for 15 and in the process becoming the leading wicket-taker over the last 22 seasons amongst seam bowlers for the Cape Town First XI. Home team skipper Kyle Schreuder had his work cut out for him in dragging Western Province back from a poor start at 46-4, but produced a sparkling innings of 31 from just 20 balls with three sixes and a four to put his side back on track again. Jarryd Walsh also waded in for Western Province with a six and two fours in his 30 from 34 balls, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 51 in five overs with Tyler Sylvester that ultimately put the game beyond Cape Town’s reach. Tyler Sylvester launched three consecutive sixes in a blazing knock of 28 from just 16 balls to set Western Province up for an imposing final total. Off-spinner Matthew Olsen plugged away for Cape Town to claim two key wickets and break important middle-order stands, while conceding just 26 from his four overs. Already facing a daunting target, Cape Town’s reply was undermined from the outset as off-spinner Ian Hopton bagged two scalps in his opening over to reduce the visitors to 27-3, and then claiming two more from consecutive deliveries in his final over to snuff out the last bit of resistance. Tristan Coetzee tried hard to keep Cape Town in the contest, striking two fours in his 25 from 22 balls before holing out on the boundary. Opening bowler Wesley Bedja kept the pressure on the Cape Town batting line-up, striking twice while conceding just 15 from his four-over allotment. Cape Town’s last hope of reaching their stiff target lay with Brendan Young’s clean hitting, but his 34 from 25 balls (including a six and three fours) was not enough. Handshakes after Cape Town had slipped to their first defeat of the 2018/19 season – but crucially had nevertheless avoided conceding the bonus point that would subsequently have cost them their place in the semi-finals.