Gallery: First XI vs Claremont, 5 Nov 2022

For the second consecutive home match, opening bowler Brendan Young put Cape Town in the driving seat from the outset, striking twice in his opening five-over spell.


Claremont opening bat Daniel Smith hit four fours in scoring 41 of his side’s first 67 runs, but within 30 minutes of his dismissal the visitors had slid to 81-6.


Cape Town skipper Geoff Dods also made a telling contribution with the ball, taking a key wicket with just his second delivery en route to a brace of scalps.


Claremont skipper Josh Breed dropped anchor to stop the rot at one end at least, but was unable to dominate the bowling in his 40-over stay at the crease – managing just two fours in a 103-ball fifty.


Off-spinner Matthew Olsen was one half of a highly effective spin partnership with orthodox left-armer Kyle Schreuder, which together smothered the second half of the Claremont innings – the pair captured three for 37 in their combined 20 overs.


Seamer Darren Rolfe then finished off the Claremont innings, castling the final two batters in the last over to bag a three-for for himself.


Chasing a rather moderate 138 for victory, Cape Town opening bat William Hantam ensured that there would be no doubt about the outcome – smashing 44 of his 59 runs in boundaries during a 57-ball blitz.


Opening partner Mathew Goles played his part too in a 105-run first-wicket stand that needed barely 17 overs to compile – personally striking a six and five fours in his 48.


Claremont off-spinner Matthew Elsworth picked up the two openers’ wickets in successive overs as the home side charged to victory in a flurry of strokeplay

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