The Cape Cobras trained at PPC Newlands on Tuesday morning. Features of the fielding session were the high intensity and the number of direct hits achieved by several fielders.
Ontong said the Cobras could have scored more than their 270 for five, as they lost Omphile Ramela and himself just when they were accelerating. In the end, Vernon Philander and Dane Vilas did well to power them to 270.
The Lions reached the target in 44.2 overs as both Stephen Cook and Alviro Petersen bludgeoned centuries at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
“We could have been more proactive with the bat. Cook and Petersen used the crease very well to put pressure on the bowlers, moving to the off-stump at times to hit the ball (through the leg-side),” Ontong said about the defeat.
The skipper added that the Cobras attack was guilty of bowling on both sides of the wicket. The wicket was a tad two-paced at the start of the innings, but evened out well when the Lions batted.
The Lions also put pressure on the support-cast of Philander and Robin Peterson.
“I am glad it happened in the opening game. Hopefully we will learn quickly from the defeat,” he said.
Ontong said Tshepo Moreki, in his first game for the Cape Cobras, might have been nervous in his opening spell, but literally picked up the pace in his second spell, when he operated with greater pace and purpose.