Gallery: Cape Town Cricket Club v Milnerton Cricket Club at MCC, 3 November 2018

Having asked his opponents to bat first and gained a quick wicket, it was nevertheless an hour into the match before Cape Town skipper Geoff Dods made the first decisive contribution towards gaining the initiative for the home side. Bringing himself on as first change, he struck twice in his six-over opening spell, breaking two developing partnerships and reducing Milnerton to 55-3.
Milnerton’s veteran Jonathan Schwerin was the side’s mainstay through the middle overs, shoring up one end as a fairly regular turnover of partners came and went at the other. Missed at slip on 8*, his eventual 45 from 90 balls included a six and four fours, and was comfortably his side’s top score.
As is often the case, off-spinner Matthew Olsen controlled the middle portion of the innings well for Cape Town. Bowling his ten overs on the trot, he maintained the pressure by capturing three consecutive wickets to keep the Milnerton middle-order suppressed, limiting the visitors to just 132-6 as they entered the final nine overs.
Luke Petersen contributed an energetic 28 from 33 balls to the Milnerton cause in the closing overs, striking just two fours but helping his captain add 45 for the seventh wicket at better than a-run-a-ball.
Milnerton’s Somerset captain Max Waller tried hard to boost his side’s total in the closing overs, striking two sixes and a four in his 26 from 23 balls before being run out pushing for a second run.
Having initially struck early with the new ball, Cape Town opening bowler Brendan Young then returned at the death to break a threatening seventh-wicket stand before wrapping up the innings, as Milnerton lost their last four wickets in the space of two overs.
Chasing a less-then-straightforward target of 190 for victory, Cape Town’s Northamptonshire opener Ben Curran gave his side a brisk start to their chase by striking five fours in his 25 from 23 balls, leading them to 31-0 from the first five overs.
William Hantam continued the momentum that had been initially created for Cape Town, striking three fours in an over and knocking two consecutive bowlers out of the attack en route to his bright 45 that eventually included a six and seven fours.
Neo Mlumbi, put down at point when just 4*, went on to himself twice hit two consecutive fours in a solid knock of 29, helping to add 75 for the third wicket with William Hantam that set Cape Town up nicely for the win: just 72 more needed from 27 overs, with eight wickets in hand.
Having joined the attack late with his side already in deep trouble, Milnerton off-spinner Matthew Kleinveldt made an almost immediate impact by dismissing both of the well-set Hantam and Mlumbi in successive overs, before later adding a third scalp too while denying Cape Town the bonus point.
A tough encounter ends with Cape Town eventually overcoming Milnerton to secure their second consecutive win of the competition, in what was the by far the hardest battle between the two sides in their short history of head-to-head clashes.

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