Gallery: First XI vs Victoria at Plumstead, 14 Dec 2019 December 20, 2019 admin Uncategorized 0 Although put into bat by their hosts (a decision based more on the weather than the pitch conditions), Victoria opening bat Reece Kensley’s patient 30 runs from 68 balls ensured that his side had a decent enough start. Once Cape Town’s new-ball pairing had in rare fashion failed to take a wicket with their opening salvo, home team skipper Geoff Dods shouldered the responsibility – coming on as first change and claiming two of the first three wickets in his first six overs. Victoria number four bat Jordan Woolf took over as the visitors’ chief run-scorer in the closing 20 overs of their innings following the departure of Kensley and their captain, personally contributing all but 14 of the runs scored off the bat in the final 16 overs. Left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen undermined the Victoria middle-order with a great spell of 3-22 in ten overs on the trot, snuffing out any attempts at acceleration and keeping Cape Town in control of proceedings. Jordan Woolf fought a lone hand for Victoria during the last hour of their innings, eventually reaching an 84-ball half-century that included four fours. Dominating an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 65 with Robin Hendricks in the final ten-over PowerPlay, Jordan Woolf led an onslaught that brought him 37 of the 44 runs blasted from the final five overs of the Victoria innings to give the visitors hope of a successful defence. Counteracting his side’s poor start of 5-1 after three overs, Cape Town opening bat James Crowson built the momentum that put the home side ahead of the asking rate, striking a six and three fours in his 24 in a 51-run second-wicket stand. Mathew Goles continued his golden run of batting form for Cape Town, passing 500 runs for the season while ensuring that his side always remained in control as the rain drew ever closer. Three times cloud bursts drove the players from the field during the Cape Town innings, and while the first two breaks had a negligible impact, the third shower was decisive – lasting 1¾ hours and cutting the home side’s target to a manageable 25 needed from 49 balls (with eight wickets in hand) once play finally resumed. Victoria’s Proteas international off-spinner Dane Piedt tried his best in a forlorn cause for the visitors after the rain, but could only make life a bit more difficult for Cape Town by grabbing three for nought in a five-ball burst. Cape Town held their nerve despite losing a clutch of wickets at the end, knocking off the winning runs with ten balls to spare to secure a much-needed fourth win of their 2019/20 Limited Overs campaign – thereby leapfrogging Victoria to move into the top half of the Premier League points table.