Gallery: Cape Town vs Claremont at Claremont, 23 March 2019

Claremont opening bowler James Macintosh put the home side on top from the outset after their guests had elected to bat first, the swing bowler dismissing both opening batsmen in an initial spell of 6-2-19-2.
Fellow Claremont new ball bowler Marvin Williams made full use of Macintosh’s breakthroughs, grabbing three scalps of his own in as many overs as Cape Town were reduced to 34-5 just an hour into the match.
The Cape Town First XI’s leading run-scorer for the season, Clinton Botha initiated a counter-attack for the visitors with a typically forceful 45 from 58 balls, adding 51 for the sixth wicket with his captain.
Cape Town skipper Geoff Dods helped stabilise his side’s innings from their disastrous start of 34-5, compiling a calm knock of 27 that helped improve matters markedly to 125-6.
Hilio de Abreu was part of a solid Cape Town middle-order effort that brought the visitors back into the game from 34-5, De Abreu contributing a punchy 32 that included three fours.
Claremont captain and leg-spinner Kyle Williamson held Cape Town’s fightback in check, twice breaking stubborn partnerships while conceding just 25 runs from his ten overs.
Arriving at the crease in the final five overs, Bradley Petersen finished the Cape Town innings with a flourish – striking an undefeated 30 from 21 balls as the last wicket added 38 in 3½ overs.
After losing a wicket in the first over of their reply., Claremont number three bat Jonathan Campbell helped put the home side’s pursuit of 192 for victory back on track with two sixes in his 21 from 24 balls.
Claremont opening bat Josh Breed dropped anchor from the outset to lock down one end tightly, batting through to the 35th over to ensure the home side stayed well in control of proceedings.
Left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen gave Cape Town a moment of hope for successfully defending their total, when he bagged two wickets in seven deliveries, before going on to be the visitors’ best bowler of the day.
Matthew de Villiers arrived at the crease with his side on 61-4 and the game hanging in the balance, but the Claremont number six produced a masterclass knock of patience and skill – such that the outcome seldom looked in doubt thereafter.
Josh Breed reached a unfussed half-century from 102 balls, which included just three fours but 26 singles.
Matthew de Villiers’s undefeated and perfectly-paced 61 from 94 balls kept Claremont unstoppably on course to overhaul their target, and sharing two consecutive half-century partnerships ensured that the visitors were never given a look-in thereafter.
Claremont wicket-keeper/batsman Cedric Landers finished the game off with 37 from 37 balls, steering Claremont home in a run-a-ball unbroken stand of 76 with Matthew de Villiers.
The 2018/19 cricket season ends for Cape Town with a five-wicket defeat to Claremont, a disappointing end that slipped them down one place on the Premier League log to a final finishing position of third.

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