Cape Town opening bat James Crowson provided the bulk of the visitors’ initial momentum after they had been asked to bat first, striking four fours in his 37 while dominating a first-wicket stand of 48.
UWC’s Cape Cobras franchise player Jason Smith began the process of swinging the tide in favour of the students, recovering from a shaky start to finish his 10-over spell with 7-0-10-2 to undo Cape Town’s promising start.
Mathew Goles continued where he had left off for Cape Town before their Community Cup play-off adventure, quickly getting into his stride with some early boundaries to reignite the visitors’ batting effort that had been stalling at 70-3 at the halfway mark.
The statistical highlight of the match for Cape Town was Clinton Botha reaching 3 000 career runs for the First XI during the course of his knock.
Mathew Goles reached his third half-century of the season from 74 balls faced, having struck three sixes and three fours to reach the milestone.
Provincial left-arm spinner Siya Simetu kept chipping away at the Cape Town batting line-up during the middle overs, picking up a scalp in each of his two spells.
With figures of 7-3-15-1 after his first two spells, UWC captain Shabir Mallie took a little stick in his last two overs – but nevertheless finished with two victims as the Cape Town middle order fell away.
Mathew Goles continued playing a lone hand at the other end though, smoothly accelerating to face just three dot balls in the 31 deliveries he needed to move from 50 to 103.
A second Cape Town First XI career hundred was the reward for Mathew Goles’s efforts, equalling his highest score for the side achieved against Langa two seasons previously.
UWC opening bowler Mihlali Mpongwana finished the Cape Town innings with two wickets off the final two deliveries, leaving the visitors to ultimately rue their lack of sufficient support for Mathew Goles’s batting heroics.
Josh Schippers initially led the way in a confident UWC reply to their guests’ total, striking a six and three fours in his 31 as the students advanced comfortably to 62-0 from their first 13 overs.
Having played second fiddle in the UWC opening stand initially, Quintin Dreyer increasing found his touch in a fulcrum role that broke the back of the students’ task – leaving them requiring just 55 from the last 20 overs with nine wickets in hand.
UWC’s Proteas international Zubayr Hamza survived a tough chance offered on 11*, before cracking three sixes in the space of seven balls while adding 89 in 17 overs with Quintin Dreyer to all but put the match safely to bed for the home side.
Quintin Dreyer reached a 71-ball half-century with his fourth four, as UWC took a firm grip on proceedings during the middle overs.
Left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen introduced a stutter into the home side’s smooth passage to victory, following up a run out with two quick wickets of his own to halt UWC’s momentum and ultimately cost them a bonus-point victory.
Veteran Roman Ramoo settled matters down again for UWC after the loss of three wickets inside as many overs, scoring a composed 20 that took the students to the brink of victory.
Givon Christian stayed to the end to see UWC home with 6½ overs to spare, finishing with an undefeated 24 from 28 balls.
Cape Town slip to a second defeat from their opening three Limited Overs matches, leaving them still in search of a first victory at an opposition home venue in the new season.