The University of Cape Town Cricket Club’s B field, the scene of the First XI’s opening match of the 2019/20 season – an AMA20/20 clash with Brackenfell.
Brackenfell number three bat Helgard Coetzee helped his side recover from the loss of an early wicket after electing to bat first, hitting four fours in a bright knock of 30 from 26 balls.
Cape Town skipper Geoff Dods led the way as his side took a firm grip on proceedings, claiming wickets in his first, third and fourth overs to ensure that Brackenfell’s scoring rate was never allowed to climb beyond Cape Town’s reach.
Cape Town opening bowler Darren Rolfe maintained the pressure from the other end with two scalps of his own, ensuring that the Brackenfell total only reached the triple-figure mark in the penultimate over of their innings.
A late flurry of scoring by Stefan Joubert, who scored 18 runs and faced just one dot ball from his final 12 balls faced, helped Brackenfell take 17 off the final two overs to give themselves a total that offered some possibility of defending.
Joffvre Duminy sparked a Cape Town revival from 2-2 early in their run chase, striking five fours in a First XI career-best score of 41 from 43 balls that put his side well on course to chase down their target of 111 to win.
As he had been with the bat, Stefan Joubert again proved to be a thorn in Cape Town’s flesh when his side took the field, producing an immaculate bowling performance of 2-14 from his four overs to keep Cape Town honest throughout.
Left-arm opening bowler Brandon Viret also kept the Cape Town batsmen on their toes, taking 2-17 in his four overs to ensure that the match would run very nearly its full course before a winner could be determined.
Not for the first time for the First XI, Clinton Botha’s well-paced innings of 22 not out saw his side ultimately safely across the line with an over to spare.
Handshakes as Cape Town get their season off to a successful start, with a four-wicket victory in their opening game.