Clifton College 1st XI vice-captain John Munford made 3 vital breakthroughs in the T20 at Bowden’s yesterday while Josh Platford took full measure of too many boundary balls upfront from home side Westville, leading to a 4-wicket victory for the visitors from Morningside with 2 balls to spare.
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Feature image: Clifton vice-captain John Munford played a pivotal role in his side’s win on Bowden’s at Westville.
Josh Platford was in devastating form in setting up the Clifton run chase.
Three home-side batsmen got into the 20’s before falling victim to Munford (2) and promising grade 10 Ross Montgomery as Westville concluded their 20 overs with the total reading 124 for 5, Clifton vice-captain Munford ending with 3 for 17 from 4 probing overs.
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The batting blitzkrieg that is Josh Platford (31 off 18 balls with 5 fours and 1 six, strike rate 172.2) set up Clifton’s chase and with the rest of the top 5 chipping in it appeared to be a given needing 9 runs to win and 16 deliveries still in the bank.
Clifton opener Romashen Pillay executes the switch-hit on Bowden’s.
To their credit the spirited Westville lads whittled the Cliftonians down to the 3rd-last ball before acknowledging defeat.
Westville get a chance to turn the tables when Clifton return to Bowden’s for the 50-over match tomorrow.
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Clifton’s lively young opening bowler Ryan Jairaj in full cry.
Westville’s seamer in delivery stride as Clifton cricket consultant Wayne Scott looks on. Readers, please identify.
Westville batter on the charge. Readers please identify.
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This one is flying over cow corner, as Clifton keeper Matt Adams looks on. Readers please identify the batter.
Clifton’s winning runs down to fine leg. Readers please identify the batsman and the wicketkeeper.
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