Gallery: First XI vs Victoria at Lansdowne, 16 Dec 2019

After his side had elected to bat first, Cape Town opening bat James Crowson shared a second fifty-partnership in three days against Victoria, adding 55 for the first wicket as he moved to 33.

 

William Hantam was the other half of a solid Cape Town opening stand, scoring 21 while putting on 55 for the first wicket with James Crowson.

 

Mathew Goles continued his superb run of form to take his run-scoring tally for Cape Town passed 600 in the 2019 leg.

 

Cape Town’s Kent professional Adam Rouse rejoined the side to hit his highest score for the First XI during a rollicking partnership with Mathew Goles.

 

Mathew Goles powered on seemingly unstoppably to pass fifty for the sixth time thus far this season, this time requiring 75 balls to reach the landmark.

 

Adam Rouse reached his own fifty in a 66-ball knock of 59, as he and Mathew Goles added 158 in 22½ overs for the fourth wicket.

 

Ultimately Mathew Goles just missed out on a well-deserved third Cape Town First XI career hundred, eventually falling in the closing overs for 97 from 102 balls.

 

Victoria seamer Diego du Plessis was the only home team bowler to emerge from the Cape Town innings with really creditable figures, finishing strongly to grab three late wickets.

 

With Victoria already facing a massive target, Cape Town opening bowler Darren Rolfe then knocked over their first three batsmen in four overs to ensure that the task would be well beyond their reach.

 

Cape Town’s other new-ball bowler, Brendan Young, added the effective finishing touches to a dominant display by his side – his burst of 3-1 in nine balls left Victoria shattered with six down within the initial ten-over PowerPlay.

 

With both Victoria’s Proteas internationals having made ducks, it was left to their new Cape Cobras franchise player Isaac Dikgale to fight a lone battle for the home side, his 32 from 36 balls making him the only Victoria batsman to reach 20.

 

With the match’s outcome long since settled, Cape Town off-spinner Matthew Olsen only rubbed salt into the home team’s wounds by collecting two further scalps in his first ten deliveries.

 

Left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen wrapped up a very one-sided contest by taking the final two wickets in quick succession.

 

All done and dusted as Cape Town cruise to their third-highest win by a margin of runs in their last 407 matches.

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