Cobras’ captain steers team to victory

2013-10-28 00:00

JUSTIN Ontong played a captain’s innings to guide the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to a four-wicket victory over the Unlimited Titans in an exciting Momentum One Day Cup match at Boland Park in Paarl yesterday.

Ontong fell agonisingly close to a century, being trapped LBW at the start of the final over, for 97 off only 66 balls. Ontong would have had at least two more sixes had it not been for the athletic prowess of Roelof van der Merwe on the boundary, who leapt up like a goalkeeper in football to push the ball back into play.

The Titans were asked to bat first and posted a competitive score of 285/7, but the hosts came through thanks to their captain, reaching 286/6 with three balls to spare. The successful chase meant that the Cobras also scored the highest total batting second in Paarl, eclipsing the 276 for five they scored against the Chevrolet Knights two seasons back.

The Titans total was built around Henry Davids (76), Farhaan Behardien (93) and Mangaliso Mosehle (62), after the Cobras’ bowlers had restricted the visitors to just 28 runs in the first 10 overs.

Davids and Behardien added 96 for the fourth wicket, but Mosehle continued the good work after Davids was dismissed by a beautiful delivery from Charl Langeveldt (2-49).

Behardien fell seven runs short of his century, while striking eight fours and two sixes along the way.

A late flurry of wickets restricted the Titans somewhat after Lizaad Williams (3-41) dismissed Mosehle and David Wiese (12) in the final over.

The Cobras started solidly, as Dane Vilas (39) and Andrew Puttick (31) added 75 for the first wicket. With the introduction of Wiese (1-44) and Shaun von Berg (1-37), the Cobras struggled to get the ball off the square. The Cobras had to endure a string of maiden overs before Ontong was joined at the crease by Justin Kemp (36).

Kemp and his captain added 101 for the fifth wicket before Kemp gave an easy catching opportunity to Wiese at backward point off Marchant de Lange (2-62). Ontong then guided his team to the brink of victory before De Lange sent in a fast yorker-length delivery that Ontong missed, with the ball cannoning into his pads.

Shaheen Khan and Dane Piedt saw their team over the line for the last few runs. Both teams will need to have a look at their bowling disciplines, as the Cobras conceded 13 wides, while the Titans conceded 11 wides.

The victory keeps the Cobras in third position on the log, with 16 points, two points adrift of the Chevrolet Warriors. However, they move five points clear of the Titans.

The Cobras next face the Highveld Lions in Johannesburg on Wednesday, while the Titans host Sunfoil Dolphins next Friday.

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