Gallery: First XI vs Western Province CC at Plumstead, 26 Oct 2019

Damp patches on the square following the rain of the preceding day caused some initial concern, delaying the start of play by 75 minutes and reducing the match to a 42-over affair.
James Crowson took a liking to the bowling of his former teammates once play got underway, hitting six fours in the highest score of his short Cape Town First XI career to date as he and William Hantam added 57 for the first wicket.
William Hantam finally put a poor month with the bat up to that point behind him, producing a perfectly-paced knock that mixed patience with tempered aggression and took him to his hundred in the final over of the innings.
William Hantam reaches his first half-century of the Cape Town 2019/20 season, having faced 90 balls and struck five boundaries to reach the milestone.
Mathew Goles overcame a slow start to help William Hantam post a second successive fifty partnership, while going on to strike five fours of his own in his innings of 21.
Derek Mitchell’s off-breaks proved to be Western Province CC’s chief weapon on the day, as he picked up three of the five wickets to fall – although he lost his personal duel with William Hantam.
William Hantam continues on his merry way, stepping up his pace considerably to score his second 50 runs at more than twice the rate of the first 50.
Having paced his knock perfectly, William Hantam reached his 134-ball century with just two balls remaining in the innings, having struck his third six to go with seven earlier fours.
WPCC opening bat Ridaa Isaacs was fluent from the outset of the visitors’ run chase, scoring at a-run-a-ball throughout his knock of 33 as he helped Derek Mitchell add 71 for the first wicket at five to the over.
Derek Mitchell continued where he had left off with the ball, striking a six and six fours in his 39 at the top of the order to set the platform for a seemingly successful run chase.
WPCC captain Kyle Schreuder then built further on his side’s good start, compiling a busy 33 to take the visitors to within 52 runs of victory with eight wickets still in hand.
Gabriel Gad provided his captain with adequate support in a 63-run stand for the third wicket, compiling a competent 32 runs of his own before his run out proved to be the death knell for WPCC’s chances.
Cape Town left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen made the crucial breakthrough for the home side, sending down a double-wicket maiden with nine overs to go that removed the cream of the visitors’ run-scoring assets and turned the tide of the game.
Cape Town controlled the closing overs of the game superbly, claiming 6-35 in the final ten overs and affording their guests no opportunity to reclaim the initiative of a match that the home side had now taken firm grasp of.


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