Baressi drives Green Point past Ottoman

Green Point bounced back to winning ways after a first match loss to Kraaifontein last weekend.

On Saturday, Ottoman won the toss and chose to field first, limiting Green Point to 160/8.

The visitors started off well with the ball, with bowler Riyaad Peters’ grabbing two wickets off the slow start of Green Point’s opening batsmen, Zac Elkin (11 runs) and Adam Scher (9 runs).

However, a stable fifth-wicket partnership between Baressi and Munier Alexander determined Green Point’s batting innings.

From the get-go Baressi meant business, scoring 70 runs off 79 balls, with a whopping 89% run rate. He hit five boundaries, including a huge six pass cow-corner.

The partnership was broken after Alexander was runout by Tohir Abrahams and Baressi was caught at mid-on by Muneer Holmes from a delivery by Ottoman’s first change bowler, Mujahid Isaacs.

Despite being expensive with the ball on the day, Isaacs continued his wicket-taking spell in the First Division A.

Last week, against Edgemead, he took three wickets for 54 runs off 10 overs. This week, he tallied 2/38 runs after eight overs.

Green Point were as equally impressive with the ball as they were with the bat on the day.

Opening bowler, Saul Anstey picked up 2/18 runs after seven overs, Joshua Savage took 3/21 runs after six overs and Adam Lazarus received 3/18 runs after eight overs.

Ottoman were again missing in action with the bat and only Muzzamil Sheik (13 runs) scored double figures. They were bowled out for 89 runs.

Theiropener,Taariq Behardien walked off the pitch after facing just one ball. He was caught behind by wicket-keeper, Rainer Karsten off the bowling of Anstey.

Ottoman will look to improve their performance when they travel to hard-hitting Kuils River at the weekend.

Green Point will look to continue their winning ways when they play host to Rylands on Saturday.

In other action, the Primrose versus Milnerton match was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

In the WPCA Premier League, Victoria Catalyst were defeated by 66 runs by Bellville, in Bellville, on Saturday. Cape Town Cricket Club earned a 19-run win over WPCC and Claremont were outplayed by 78 runs by Rondebosch.