Gallery: First XI vs Claremont at Constantia, 18 Jan 2020 January 19, 2020 admin Uncategorized 0 Claremont captain Mark Hendricks made the early running after his side was asked to bat first, striking five fours in racing to 30 from his first 26 balls faced. On Limited Overs debut for the Cape Town First XI, Thando Ntini made a dramatic and immediate impact with two wickets in his first over – en route to a final haul of 4-30. Cape Town skipper Geoff Dods completed the job of overturning Claremont’s positive start, striking twice in three balls during his sixth over to reduce the home side to 76-5. Claremont’s Kent professional Darren Stevens hauled his side back into the contest when their innings was losing its way, hitting four fours in top-scoring with 35. Off-spinner Matthew Olsen kept chipping away at the Claremont middle order, picking up two wickets – including that of their key batsman. Claremont wicket-keeper Keenan Bowers kept the home side moving forwards in the closing overs, contributing an undefeated 32 to boost the final total to 160. After a slow start to his innings initially, Cape Town opening bat William Hantam suddenly hit overdrive to strike four sixes in the space of eight balls faced – putting the visitors into the driving seat. A disciplined knock of determination from their ‘keeper Clinton Botha got Cape Town over the line in the end, his undefeated two-hour 42 helping to overcome a wobble of three for one in nine balls. Cape Town’s own Kent professional Adam Rouse contributed a punchy 27 from 39 balls in the middle overs to keep the visitors on track for victory. Having earlier top-scored with the bat, Darren Stevens then also delivered Claremont’s best bowling performance, initiating a lower middle-order collapse that threatened to turn the tide. Cape Town prevail with eleven balls to spare, securing their fourth consecutive victory to move up to fourth place on the Premier League points table.