Gallery: Cape Town Cricket Club v Bellville Cricket Club at BCC, 28 October 2018 October 28, 2018 admin Uncategorized 0 Cape Town opening bowler Brendan Young grabbed the initiative for the visitors from the outset after Bellville had elected to bat first, taking three for five in his opening five overs to tumble the hosts to 12-3. Bellville number four bat Lennert van Wyk fought hard to get his side back into the contest, battling to 27 from 49 balls in a steadying stand of 45 for the fourth wicket. It was left to veteran Dewald Botha to try and hold the Bellville innings together almost single-handedly, as once Lennert van Wyk fell a lack of further support meant that he ultimately scored virtually half his side’s runs. Dewald Botha reaches an 85-ball fifty for Bellville despite the regular turnover partners at the other end, eventually striking two sixes and four fours in his 70 from 108 balls. Off-spinner Matthew Olsen continued Cape Town’s steady erosion of the Bellville batting, bypassing Dewald Botha’s resistance to bag three further wickets in the space of five overs as the home side slid ever further into the mire at 133-7. Brendan Young is applauded from the field by his Cape Town teammates after finishing with six for 18, the best return by any bowler in a Limited Overs match involving the Cape Town First XI in the past 21 years, having knocked over the Bellville tail in his second spell by claiming the last three wickets in ten balls without conceding a run in return. Once Cape Town had managed a reasonable start in pursuit of just 149 for victory, seven fours in a fluent Cape Town First XI career-best innings of 40 from 56 balls by Neo Mlumbi built on that foundation, setting the visitors up for the chance of a bonus-point victory. Clinton Botha provided both the impetus and continuity to the Cape Town innings that was needed to get the visitors home within the bonus point parameters, striking two sixes and three fours in an assured undefeated innings of 37 from 43 balls. William Hantam contributed to a rock-solid Cape Town middle-order effort that never allowed the home side back into the game, striking three fours in his 24 and taking the visitors to within 18 runs of victory with seven wickets still in hand. Bellville leg-spinner Andre Jansen van Rensburg persevered as the visitors started looking to step up the tempo in pursuit of a bonus point in the closing stages, bagging a second scalp despite conceding 26 from his last four overs. Handshakes after Cape Town squeaked in to claim the additional prize of a bonus point win – achieved with two balls to spare – thereby putting their Premier League campaign nicely back on track again following their opening round defeat to Brackenfell.