Sunfoil Series

Cobras put champagne on ice

2013-02-08 19:43
Paul Adams (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - The Cape Cobras allowed themselves a wide grin, but have put the celebrations on hold after clinching the Sunfoil Series trophy.

“We still want to pursue victory, so there won’t be any celebrations yet,” the victorious Sunfoil Series winning skipper, Justin Ontong, said after Friday’s second day of the match against the Knights.

“The key to our resurrection after the demoralizing first-innings batting performances against the Lions and the Dolphins was that we focused on winning each session of a game.

“We started doing this in the penultimate game of the competition against the Titans, and this is continuing against the Knights.

“We also emphasized the importance of securing a substantial first-innings score,” said Ontong.

Ontong said the team’s character was evident in the way they bounced back after the losses to the Lions and the Dolphins.

Experience was a key factor as the knowledge of how to deal with pressure situations clearly assisted the Cobras in getting through challenging moments of the competition.

“Johann Louw was fantastic throughout this campaign,” said Ontong in applauding the 33-year old seam bowler, who has been the pick of the attack with 43 wickets at an average of 17.55 in nine games.

“Beuran (Hendricks) was also impressive this season,” he added. The 22-year old right-handed express bowler has picked up 33 wickets in seven games.

“Stiaan (van Zyl) also excelled this season, and finished with two tons,” added Ontong.

“I thought Alistair (Gray) also performed admirably for us before his injury.

“It was heart-warming that Richard Levi replaced him and immediately made an impact with a century,” added Ontong.

“We are not finished. We want to win emphatically against the Knights, to gain momentum before the T20-competition. A winning culture is important, and an inspiration to our young players,” he said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!


For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Who will you be backing in this year's Sunfoil Series?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.