Gallery: First XI vs Bellville at Plumstead, 14 March 2020

Having elected to bat first, Cape Town were again well-served by their very efficient opening partnership, James Crowson taking the lead on this occasion in cracking six fours off the first nine overs – en route to a 40-ball knock of 32.
Bellville opening bowler Daniel Childs upset the home side’s plans for a while with two wickets in his fifth over.
Off-spinner Dewald Botha put Bellville on top during the middle overs of Cape Town’s innings, claiming 4-21 in his ten overs to suggest that the home side would be limited to a very moderate total.
Cape Town captain Geoff Dods began the slow process of dragging his side back into the contest, sharing in three consecutive partnerships that together added 97, while in the process making 46 himself to reach 3 000 career runs for the Cape Town First XI.
Matthew Olsen chose an excellent time to score just the fourth fifty of his 18-season Cape Town First XI career, his efforts allowing the home side to almost double their total in the last 13 overs.
Matthew Olsen reaches his fifty from 43 balls in the final over of the innings, having struck five boundaries en route to the landmark.
As usual, Cape Town opening bowler Brendan Young wasted little time in working his way through the opposition batting line-up, castling three of the Bellville top four inside his first five overs.
Bellville captain Uwe Birkenstock resisted for a while at the top of the visitors’ order with his 22 from 25 balls, but he too succumbed before the end of the initial Powerplay.
Number three bat Kyle de Wet looked the most dangerous of the Bellville batsmen and struck two consecutive fours in the 14th over, but his 24 was never sufficient to break Cape Town’s dominance.
In as complete a performance as anyone has managed in recent times, Matthew Olsen followed up his earlier half-century with five wickets in as many overs via his off spin – thereby ending the match as a contest barely an hour into Bellville’s reply.
Seamer Nicholas Scott added the finishing touches to a very comprehensive Cape Town win, claiming two of the last three wickets.
Although they didn’t know it at the time, Cape Town had just completed their 2019/20 season on an excellent note – their crushing 133-run victory over Bellville securing a third-place finish on the Premier League log for the second season running.


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