Gallery: First XI vs Western Province CC, 7 Oct 2023

Tristan Coetzee got the Cape Town innings off to a brisk start despite the loss of an early wicket, striking eight fours in his 45 from 39 balls as the visitors raced to 74-1 from the first 11 overs.


Christiaan Oberholzer added a solid 31 in an hour-and-a-half, helping Tristan Coetzee add 71 for the second wicket in 11½ overs.


Gavin Kaplan’s gentle medium-pacers did a job for Western Province CC in the first half of the second Powerplay, picking up two wickets to set the visitors back to 113-5.


Visiting skipper Geoff Dods dug himself in at the crease to arrest his side’s middle order slide, occupying the crease for almost 20 overs as he engineered a fightback from 113-5 to to 183-6.


Michal Lord hit three sixes in a brisk 24, as he sought to inject some impetus into the Cape Town innings towards the end of the second Powerplay.


WPCC left-arm seamer Blake Beining took some tap throughout both of his spells, but also found an outside edge in each of them.


Cape Town all-rounder Nick Scott contributed an important 22 from 17 balls in the closing overs, helping to lift his side beyond the 200-run mark.


WPCC opening bowler Luke Petersen struck in the first over of each of his last two spells, breaking a threatening partnership on each occasion to restrict the visitors’ finishing effort.


Off-spinner Zach Lion-Cachet controlled the closing overs well for WPCC, picking up two scalps while conceding just 12 from his last 3½ overs.


Already defending a decent total, Geoff Dods then put his side well in charge at the outset of the home side’s run chase – striking twice while conceding just two singles from his opening six overs, as WPCC slipped to 36-3.


Givon Christian held the WPCC reply together with a solid 64, striking eight fours and a six. Occupying the crease for 30 overs, the home side remained on track for victory as long as he was there.


WPCC skipper Ridaa Isaacs knuckled down to dig his side out of trouble with a patient 28, helping Givon Christian add 80 for the fourth wicket to rescue the home side from 36-3.


A dramatic double breakthrough by left-arm spinner Kyle Schreuder broke the home side’s key stand and helped put Cape Town back in charge of an innings that was slipping away from them.


Just when Cape Town looked like they had matters well in hand, Justin Behrens hit three sixes in quick succession in a brisk 46 from 45 balls, to tilt matters back in WPCC’s favour.


With Christiaan Oberholzer in the space of five deliveries first completing the vital run out of Justin Behrens before grabbing two more scalps of his own, the WPCC tail collapsed – leaving Nick Scott the honour of finally wrapping matters up for Cape Town with the final wicket.


Cape Town take over possession of the Wallace Wilson trophy, after WPCC had won the inaugural contest almost three years previously.

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