Gallery: First XI vs Brackenfell, 7 Nov 2021

Brackenfell opener Neil Hornbuckle gave his side early momentum despite the loss of two quick wickets, cruising to a personal score of 40 by the end of the initial six-over PowerPlay.


Brackenfell skipper Michael Loubser contributed a typically lusty 29 from 18 balls, adding 48 in five overs with Neil Hornbuckle to counter the early loss of two batsmen.


Playing largely orthodox cricket, Neil Hornbuckle nevertheless powered to a 33-ball fifty that included two sixes and four fours for Brackenfell.


The seamers of Cape Town’s young Hampshire import Harry Broderick had an important role to fulfil in a weakened attack, and he recovered well from conceding two early sixes – picking up two wickets to prevent Brackenfell from running away with things during the middle overs.


Having made his Cape Town First XI debut just the day before, opening bowler Imraan Mohamed’s inexperience led to him taking some heavy punishment – but he did claim his maiden two scalps for the side in the process as well.


Middle-order batsman Jade Adams provided a barnstorming finish to the Brackenfell innings just when it appeared to be fading, personally crashing 40 from the last three overs – his undefeated 47 from 26 balls contained five sixes and a four.


First-change seamer Ruan Vlok was one half of a very successful bowling partnership for Brackenfell that dominated the first half of the Cape Town innings, claiming 2-16 from his first three overs.


Brackenfell leg-spinner Leon van Vuuren was the stand-out bowler on a day for the batsmen, taking 4-20 from his four overs to set his side up for a seemingly easy victory as Cape Town were reduced to 78-7.


From out of nowhere, debutant wicket-keeper Tristan Perez launched a stunning counter-attack for Cape Town in the closing overs, immediately after being dropped on 15* – three sixes and two fours off the next two overs powered him to 45 from 25 balls and brought the contest fully back to life.


Ultimately it was left up to the inexperienced Craig Jefferey to get Cape Town over the line for an unlikely win, but despite his valiant 23 from eleven balls, ultimately 14 from the last over was too great an ask.

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