Ontong’s 225 was ‘his best’



November 8, 2016
Ontong’s 225 was ‘his best’


Gogga hails team's fighting spirit.

Paul Adams hailed Justin Ontong’s match-saving maiden double hundred as one of the stand-in skipper’s best.

With the Cape Cobras deep in trouble at 22/4 chasing 478 in their Sunfoil Series clash against the Dolphins this weekend, Ontong set about saving the troubled team from a fourth defeat in five.

Finally, he hammered a career-best 225 to propel his team to 447 in their first innings, facing 332 balls and striking 24 boundaries.

He dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground as he and Keegan Petersen featured in a 202-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

And Gogga hailed the fight in his team.

He says: “What I liked is the character that the team showed. Even while they were batting, they never got beyond 3.5 runs per over.

“We created half chances which we did not always take. Morné van Wyk was dropped by Jason Smith at third slip very early in his innings off Dane Paterson.

“Some decisions also did not go our way, but it was the way in which the team rallied that impressed me.

“Dane Piedt’s batting has also been great all year.

“Our strategies were very
solution-based which was gratifying to see.

Gogga adds that opening batsman Richard Levi will be back in contention after recovering from an ankle injury.

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