Gallery: First XI vs Claremont at Green Point, 27 March 2021 April 4, 2021 admin Uncategorized 0 Claremont off-spinner Matthew Elsworth seized the initiative for his side from the outset after Cape Town had elected to bat first, opening the bowling and striking in each of his first two overs. Claremont’s other opening bowler, Kyle Klopper, also chipped in with a wicket in his four overs bowled on the trot, reducing Cape Town to 20-3. Cape Town’s captain of the day, Brendan Young, hit two sixes in a counter-attacking 27 from 30 balls, stabilising the middle overs. Tristan Coetzee also contributed 20 runs for Cape Town, as he and his captain Brendan Young added 45 for the fourth wicket in eight overs. Harlan Greig’s leg-breaks finally broke the stubborn fourth-wicket stand that was threatening Claremont’s control of the innings. Matthew Elsworth completed a dominant bowling spell with a wicket in each of his four overs, finishing with an impressive haul of 4/22. Claremont off-spinner David Scott also picked up a scalp in his first over, helping reduce Cape Town to 68-6. Dyllan Matthews contributed a robust 21 from 17 balls for Cape Town in the closing overs, as the Plumstead-based outfit rallied to club 59 from the last five overs. Nicholas Scott also wielded the willow effectively for Cape Town at the death, contributing an undefeated 16 from seven balls. Michal Lord added the final touches for Cape Town with 24 from just 14 balls, boosting his side to a final tally of 130 and a chance of a successful defence. Brendan Young was again quickly back into the action as Cape Town took the field, striking in the very first over of the Claremont reply. Cape Town first-change seamer Nicholas Scott maintained the pressure, striking with his very first delivery to have Claremont in trouble at 12-2. Claremont’s Matthew de Villiers ultimately made the difference on the day, however, powering his way to a half-century when no other batsman in the match could reach 30. Claremont skipper Josh Breed began the process of turning the tide, compiling a busy 16 while assisting Matthew de Villiers add 37 in 5½ overs for the third wicket. Leg-spinner Dyllan Matthews had an eventful third and final over for Cape Town, taking a wicket but also conceding two sixes. Harlan Greig hit a breezy 18 off 13 balls before trying one big hit too many, but by then Claremont were back on course for victory. Medium-pacer Tyler Rhodes had mixed fortunes in his only over for Cape Town, taking a wicket but also being hit for four and six. Left-arm spinner Michal Lord chipped in with a scalp of his own, as Cape Town hung on grimly to remain in the fight. However, Matthew de Villiers continued serenely to a 41-ball fifty – a knock that included four sixes and two fours – to leave Claremont an ultimately simple run-in, just when it looked like Cape Town might be in with a chance. Kai Greig eventually saw Claremont safely over the line and into the competition’s Final, with an unbeaten 18 from 17 balls at the end. Cape Town’s 2020/21 “season” thus ends winless, having slipped to their sixth defeat in as many attempts across the various friendly matches that they contested in the absence of a proper club cricket season.