Gallery: First XI vs Ottoman, 3 Dec 2022

Although on the expensive side, Ottoman left-arm seamer Aqeel Abbas put the new ball to good use after Cape Town had elected to bat first, striking twice in his first three overs.


Craig Jeffery hit five fours in a Cape Town First XI career-best knock of 49, adding 91 for the fourth wicket with Fletcha Middleton.


Fletcha Middleton himself reached a Cape Town personal best, dominating the innings with a sparkling 87 that included two sixes and eight fours.


Taariq Behardien prevented a total disaster for Ottoman, the off-spinner picking up three wickets in quick succession to undermine Cape Town’s final push somewhat in the last 15 overs.


Nicholas Scott hit a quick-fire 28 in the closing overs for Cape Town, helping Fletcha Middleton add 54 in six overs for the seventh wicket with Fletcha Middleton.


Ottoman off-spinner Juan James picked up two late wickets to bowl Cape Town out in the final overs of their innings.


Cape Town opening bowler Darren Rolfe then struck twice in his third over to maintain his side’s dominance.


Ottomans’ SA U19 wicket-keeper/batsman Meeka-eel Prince kept his side’s challenge alive initially, hitting five fours in a fluent 38 from, 42 balls.


Bowling his seamers as first change, Ethan Cunningham struck twice in a six-over spell to eliminate the remaining Ottoman top order within the first 17 overs.


Juan James followed up his two wickets with a patient 29, and once he finally fell the end came quickly.


Off-spinner Matthew Olsen had a decent workout for Cape Town in the middle overs, picking up two economical wickets in his seven overs.


Left-arm spinner Michal Lord wrapped up the game for Cape Town with three wickets, triggering a collapse from 114-5 to 118 all out.

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