Gallery: First XI vs Bellville, 19 Nov 2022

Bellville opening bat Quinn van Oordt steadied his side’s innings after the loss of an early wicket, compiling a solid 32 from 62 balls.


Kyle de Wet added 31 runs of his own in guiding Bellville to 97-2 by the halfway mark of the innings.


Cody Nieuwoudt then built on Bellville’s solid if slightly slow start, cracking two sixes and five fours in an energetic knock of 45 from 41 balls.


Cape Town left-arm spinner Kyle Schreuder then turned the tide in the home side’s favour, picking up three wickets in his ten-over spell which – when combined with two silly run outs – toppled the visitors from 97-2 to 135-7.


When Cape Town strike bowler Brendan Young grabbed a quick scalp early in his spell for the second time, bringing Bellville’s last-wicket pair together at 151-9, Cape Town were well in control of proceedings.


However, Bellville number ten bat Abrie Coetzee then hit four fours in compiling 30 from 33 balls, giving the visitors a decent target to defend.


Bellville number eleven Herman Smith benefitted from three lives given to him to add 26 from 27 balls, as the visitors’ last wicket added an unbroken 50 runs to the total.


Now chasing a sterner target than had seemed likely, Cape Town opening bat William Hantam reeled off six fours of his own to give the home side’s reply a rollicking start.


His opening partner Mathew Goles batted almost through the Cape Town innings to make the decisive contribution though, striking two sixes and seven fours in his 71 from 97 balls.


Bellville skipper Marcus Fourie kept the contest alive with his left-arm spin though, picking up three wickets to keep the middle-order under wraps.


However, his counterpart Geoff Dods wrestled back control of proceedings for Cape Town once Fourie had bowled out, compiling 36 as he and Mathew Goles added a crucial 64 for the sixth wicket to set up a tight final PowerPlay.


Left-arm spinner Jordan Collier picked up two scalps at the death to take the game into the penultimate over, but ultimately Cape Town had enough batting firepower on hand to get themselves home.

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