Gallery: First XI vs ROND, 23 Oct 2021

It initially seemed as though there might not be a game at all, as rain intervened for the second successive weekend – causing a delayed start and reducing the match to a 41-overs-a-side affair.


Once play did get underway, it was Cape Town seamer Nicholas Scott who dominated upfront, dismissing both visiting opening batsmen in an initial spell of 6-2-6-2.


Home team skipper Geoff Dods picked up two scalps of his own in his eight-over spell bowled on the trot, further reducing the visitors to 65-4.


However, Lennert van Wyk remained an obstacle to Cape Town’s progress, establishing himself at the crease even as his side slipped to 77-5.
Stepping up the pace, Lennert van Wyk ultimately cracked four sixes – reaching a 54-ball fifty that formed the central pillar on which the Rondebosch innings was built.


Luke Stevens batted through to the end of the Rondebosch innings, adding 57 at better than a-run-a-ball for the sixth wicket with Lennert van Wyk along the way.


Cape Town were heavily reliant on William Hantam’s experience at the top of the order, as a succession of partners came and went at the other end in the difficult conditions.


Leg-spinner Dyllan Matthews made the decisive breakthrough that secured Rondebosch’s dominance, striking in each of the first two overs of his second spell to clean up the home side’s middle order and finish with 3-14 from his six overs.


It thus came down to Cape Town debutant Dewald Botha to keep his side’s hopes alive, and half of Cape Town’s total eventually came from him.
Rondebosch opening bowler Thokozani Peters picked up three scalps of his own, in overcoming the last bit of resistance from the home side.
Dewald Botha battled his way to a 73-ball fifty that included three sixes and four fours, even as the Cape Town ship slowly sank around him.
Wesley Bedja then wrapped up the game for Rondebosch with his second wicket, bowling out Cape Town with 13 balls left unused.

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