Gallery: First XI vs Rondebosch at Rondebosch, 30 Nov 2019

A devastating display of controlled seam bowling by Rondebosch’s Irish import David O’Halloron, whose relentless spearing of the ball into the pads in a ten-over spell bowled on the trot upfront, brought him figures of 10-4-9-4 and ripped the heart out of the Cape Town batting after they had been asked to bat first.

Wesley Bedja was the other half of a highly-effective Rondebosch new-ball pairing, mixing in a slew of slower deliveries to bag two scalps of his own while helping topple Cape Town to 34-6 inside 18 overs.

Lyall Rogers merely continued in the middle overs where O’Halloron and Bedja had left off, mopping up the Cape Town tail in a spell of 5-2-10-3.

Brendan Young provided the sole contribution of any note in a shell-shocked Cape Town batting line-up, the number nine bat opening his shoulders in a last-wicket stand to strike a defiant 21 from 23 balls.

Set a trifling 72 to score for victory, opening bat Brad Barnes made sure there were no surprises with an aggressive 31 from 23 balls that included six fours.

Rondebosch’s provincial representative Tayo Walbrugh then calmly steered his side home to a comprehensive eight-wicket win with almost 40 overs to spare, contributing a neat unbeaten 28 from 32 balls.

It was an early day for both sides as Rondebosch swept to a one-sided win before lunch, thereby maintaining their standing at the top of the 2019/20 Premier League points table.

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