Gallery: First XI vs Bellville at Bellville, 11 Jan 2020 January 14, 2020 admin Uncategorized 0 Once Cape Town had elected to bat first, opener William Hantam was quickly into his stride – striking four boundaries in the first six overs to set the early pace. James Crowson was the other half of Cape Town’s century first-wicket stand, adding a supportive 37 that included three fours. William Hantam dominated the opening stanza of play for Cape Town, reaching his fifty from just 56 balls faced. William Hantam eventually powered his way to 75 from 76 balls – of which a full 50 came in boundaries. Cape Town’s Kent professional Adam Rouse injected some urgency into the innings during the middle overs, striking 26 from 32 balls. Mathew Goles continued his rich vein of form for Cape Town, staying until the end to compile an unbeaten 48. Bellville’s left-arm medium-pacer Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren threatened to disrupt Cape Town’s finishing effort with two wickets in the closing overs. Facing a stiff run chase, Bellville opening bat Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren gave his side a good starting platform with his 30-ball knock of 25. Aaron Smit contributed 22 runs of his own as Bellville began strongly with a 51-run opening stand. Off-spinner Matthew Olsen made the initial inroads for Cape Town, dismissing both Bellville openers in successive overs. Schaughn van Greunen led Bellville’s drive for victory with a solid fifty during the middle overs. Bellville captain Uwe Birkenstock compiled a patient 45 as he and Schaughn van Greunen added 98 together, setting the home side up for a strong finish. Schaughn van Greunen goes to his fifty from 67 balls, just before the wheels fell off for Bellville. Brendan Young devastated the Bellville middle order to help turn the tide, making a decisive breakthrough just after the second drinks break. A familiar sight in the closing overs as Cape Town swept to victory, Matthew Olsen bags yet another one en route to a five-for. Cape Town complete a dramatic turnaround that claimed eight for 34 in twelve overs, thereby snatching a bonus-point victory for themselves.