Gallery: Cape Town vs UWC at CTCC, 9 March 2019

William Hantam made the early running for Cape Town after they had elected to bat first, striking five fours and a six as he raced to 33 from 33 balls in bringing up the home team’s fifty inside the first nine overs.
UWC opening bowler Shabir Mallie restored parity for his side with wickets in his fourth and fifth overs, reducing Cape Town to 52-3 and undoing much of the benefit of their rapid start.
Clinton Botha held the Cape Town top order together for a while after the loss of three quick wickets, scoring 27 off 49 balls with a six and two fours.
Having conceded 22 from his first three overs, opening bowler Mihlali Mpongwana’s return to the UWC attack for his second spell couldn’t have been more different – he captured four for four in two overs to complete a five-for and bring an abrupt end to Cape Town’s innings.
A wonderfully acrobatic catch by wicket-keeper Clinton Botha in the fourth over of the UWC reply reduced the visitors to 1-2, and let them know in no uncertain terms that they had a tough battle on their hands despite their small victory target.
Brendan Young once again put the new ball to good use for Cape Town – pushed to the limit by his captain, he responded with an opening spell of 8-4-15-3 to undermine UWC’s run chase completely by reducing them to 25-5.
Darren Rolfe was almost equally as destructive for Cape Town as he started with two maiden wicket overs in helping Brendan Young mow down the UWC top five, and would later return to grab a third scalp too.
It was left to veteran Romano Ramoo to resurrect UWC’s challenge from 25-5, and he responded with a combative knock of 46 from 70 balls that just failed to get his side over the line.
Brent Johnson provided the perfect foil to Romano Ramoo in a 60-run stand for the sixth wicket that should have won the game for UWC, Johnson contributing a steady 19 from 54 balls.
Done and dusted as Cape Town successfully pulled off a remarkable defence of a target of just 112, having overcome a threatening 60-run partnership to knock over the last five wickets for just 15 runs.

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