First XI vs Claremont, 5 March 2022

Claremont opening bat Kai Greg weathered Cape Town’s initial new ball assault, and although he never dominated the bowling, he never really looked like being dismissed either. He was thus able to establish himself at the crease, and became a major obstacle to the visitors’ ambitions in leading his side to 150-2 after being put in to bat.

 

Greg Willows made his own contribution from the number three berth for Claremont, hitting five fours in his 34 as he added 82 for the second wicket with Kai Greg to put the home side in control.

 

Kai Greg reaches his fifty for Claremont from 73 balls faced, en route to a definitive knock of 88 that formed the foundation of the home side’s significant total.

 

Cape Town’s prime strike bowler Brendan Young stood in a class of his own as he kept the home team’s finishing effort in check. Having already dismissed both openers, his final spell of 3-0-10-3 at the death earned him the visitors’ first five-for of the season, and took Young passed 150 wickets in the Limited Overs format in his Cape Town First XI career.

 

Matthew de Villiers was once again his usual fluent self for Claremont during the middle overs, compiling a fluent 41 from 51 balls to set the home side up for a big finish.

 

Michael Appollis added a touch of urgency to the Claremont closing effort from the number six spot, contributing a busy 20 from 22 balls.

 

The statistical highlight of the match was Cape Town wicket-keeper Clinton Botha pouching the 250th catch of his 12-season First XI career, in his final appearance for the side before going abroad.

 

Cape Town’s other new ball bowler, Darren Rolfe, found the going slightly harder, but nevertheless bagged a brace of scalps himself that included breaking a threatening second-wicket partnership.

 

With Cape Town already up against it chasing a stiff 231 for victory, Claremont left-arm bowler Andre Odendaal made the task all but impossible with an opening spell of 6-2-8-3 that blew away the top order of an already thin-looking visiting batting line-up.

 

Veteran opening bat William Hantam fought a lone battle on behalf of Cape Town as he resisted into the 23rd over, but his 33 was never enough to avert an increasingly predictable rout.

 

With the visitors already reeling after Andre Odendaal’s initial damage, Claremont seamer Gavin Dickensen then put the outcome beyond all doubt by knocking over the middle order by grabbing three wickets in his first three overs.

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