Ontong stands firm to score ton in face of sharp Dolphins bowling

2014-02-21 00:00

JUSTIN Ontong scored a magnificent century as the Cape Cobras ended the first day of their Sunfoil match against theSunfoil Dolphins on 304 for nine after being sent in to bat first at Boland Park in Paarl yesterday.

Ontong was absolutely outstanding in his 387-minute stay at the crease, falling for 150 off 249 balls with 12 boundaries off the first ball of the final over of the day when Keshav Maharaj (3-63) got through his defences and disturbed his stumps.

Ontong came to the crease after Craig Alexander (2-85) had clean bowled both Andrew Puttick (six) and Omphile Ramela (six), with the scoreboard reading 16 for two.

Stiaan van Zyl (seven) did not last long and it was up to Ontong and Yaseen Vallie (44) yet again to spare the Cobras’ blushes in the first innings.

The pair added 63 for the fourth wicket after the hosts had found themselves at 24 for three. The duo needed just 47 minutes and 59 balls to bring up the 50.

Kyle Abbott (4-60) made the breakthrough 20 minutes before the luncheon interval when he had Vallie edging to Morné van Wyk behind the stumps. The Cobras went into the lunch break at 93 for four with Ontong and Dane Vilas at the crease.

But the Abbott-Van Wyk partnership struck again shortly after the lunch break when Vilas (five) offered the Dolphins’ captain a simple catch.

The fall of Vilas’s wicket brought Justin Kemp (32) to the crease and the veteran set about helping his captain construct an 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Kemp became Maharaj’s first scalp.

Ontong found more support in the form of Dane Piedt as the off-spinner scored 26 but aided his captain in adding 82 for the eighth wicket before being dismissed by Abbott.

The Cobras have still got 4.5 overs with which to score some more runs for batting bonus points. The home side have secured 4.08 points so far, while the Dolphins have claimed the maximum of four bowling bonus points.

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