• SA News Roundup (wed)

    Justin Ontong has described the key to the Cape Cobras’ T20 success and the West Indies start their tour of South Africa.

    Ontong says new tactics secured home final

    ‘A different approach on slow tracks contributed to Cobras’ Ram Slam success,’ Justin Ontong said on the Cape Cobras Facebook page.

    The captain went on to say that one of the key aspects of the Cobras’ successful 2014/2015 season was that they batted sensibly on slow tracks and ran expertly between the wickets. Thanks to that approach, they ensured that they scored between seven and eight runs per over, despite the fact that boundaries were not always easy to come by.

    The Cape Cobras are desperate to atone for their 2-run loss in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final last season, when they take on the Knights at Newlands on Friday.

    ‘We get a second chance to make things right. It was difficult not to reminisce about that final because we came so close (to beating the Dolphins in the final at Newlands),’concluded Ontong.

    West Indies tour of South Africa

    West Indies will start their tour of South Africa today when they take on the South African invitation team in a three day warm up game.

    It’s their first international outing since their tour of India ended in controversy two months ago – when the players pulled out over a payment dispute with the West Indies cricket board. It seems an agreement has been reached with the West Indies cricket board over new contracts. However, Darren Bravo and Chris Gayle have withdrawn due to personal reasons and a back injury, respectively.

    The three-day match in Benoni is the first of 11 games on the tour. The West Indies are scheduled to play three Tests, three Twenty20 Internationals and four One-Day Internationals, but it remains to be seen if they can get through the itinerary before there is another dispute over payment.

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