Gallery: First XI vs UCT at Groote Schuur, 7 March 2020 March 8, 2020 admin Uncategorized 0 UCT opening bowler Josh Manley put the home side on top from the outset, striking three times in his opening four overs to reduce Cape Town to 13-3. Left-arm wrist spinner Craig Meier picked up where Manley left off, picking up two scalps in his first seven deliveries en route to toppling the visitors to 42-6 during an opening spell of 7-3-17-3. Bradley Petersen top-scored for Cape Town with 39, striking seven fours while helping his captain add 63 for the seventh wicket to give the visitors some semblance of hope. Geoff Dods hit a six and two fours in his 24, as he and Bradley Petersen contributed more than half of Cape Town’s runs in their 63-run seventh-wicket stand. After a tight opening spell of 6-3-8-0, UCT opening bowler Matthew Benning returned to break Cape Town’s only partnership of substance and help wrap up the tail quickly. Craig Meier claimed the final two Cape Town wickets in consecutive overs with his left-arm Chinamen, thereby completing his five-for and bundling the visitors out for just 120. Cape Town spearhead Brendan Young struck back quickly when the visitors took the field, producing an immaculate opening spell of 8-0-15-2 to keep the match alive. UCT skipper Taariq Chiecktey attacked vigorously to create some early momentum for the students, striking 26 from 24 balls at the top of the order. Number three bat Matthew Dicks hit two sixes and a four in his 21, as UCT threatened to run away with the game initially at 50-2 after twelve overs. Left-arm spinner Bradley Petersen dragged Cape Town back into the contest with three wickets in his ten-over spell, in the process bagging his 100th scalp for the Cape Town First XI. UCT number five bat Josh Coetzee batted calmly for more than 20 overs to become the chief stumbling block to Cape Town’s victory hopes, and his 30 runs were ultimately the crucial difference in a low-scoring game. Opening bowler Darren Rolfe made some telling strikes in his final spell, which seemed to have swung matters in Cape Town’s favour for an against-the-odds win. With the home side still needing 21 when the last-wicket pair came together, Cape Town were the favourites for the win – but number ten bat Matthew Rudston landed a few crisp blows to shepherd his side to not only the win, but one within bonus point parameters too. So near yet so far, Cape Town slip to a second consecutive defeat at the business end of the season – and see their hopes of winning the league retreat to a distant glimmer on the horizon.