Gallery: First XI vs Strandfontein at Strandfontein, 16 Nov 2019

The match began with a statistical highlight for Cape Town almost immediately, as opening bowler Brendan Young struck with just his second delivery to join Darren Rolfe as the only First XI seam bowlers in the last 23 years to reach 300 career wickets for the side.

With the home side having already lost their first two wickets in the game’s second over, left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen then snuffed a recovery attempt before going on to bag 3-20 in his 9½ overs.

Strandfontein skipper Chad Josephs fought a lone battle for his side, and by the halfway stage of their innings had personally scored half of their runs.

Chad Josephs reaches a hard-fought fifty for Strandfontein in the 36th over.  The only home team player to reach 20, he faced 98 balls to reach the milestone, striking just one six and one four along the way.

With Strandfontein slowly clawing their way back into the match, improving an initial 31-3 to a more promising 102-4, a burst of 3-5 in ten balls by Nicholas Scott blew away any hopes of further support for Chad Josephs and doomed the home side to a substandard total.

As he has being doing all season thus far, Mathew Goles was quickly onto the attack, striking six fours in sharing a 79-run second-wicket stand with James Crowson that left Cape Town needing just 30 from their last 30 overs.

Opener James Crowson contributed a solid 35 for Cape Town after the loss of an early wicket, striking a boundary in each of four consecutive overs as he accelerated towards the end of his partnership with Mathew Goles.

Strandfontein opening bowler Saliegh Jaffar picked up an early wicket and then two more in his second spell, but an insufficient total to defend coupled with the home side’s inability to shut down a steady accumulation of runs meant that his efforts would never be enough.

Timing his knock to perfection, Mathew Goles reached a second consecutive 50+ score just two balls before the winning runs were scored, as Cape Town cantered to a bonus-point win with more than 20 overs to spare.

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