Ramela, Puttick pro­vide respite

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ZAAHIER ADAMS

War­riors 525/7 (Ack­er­mann 146, Price 99, Sey­i­bokwe 69, Van Zyl 2/33) Cape Co­bras 94/0 (Ramela 55*, Puttick 35*) THE CAPE CO­BRAS still have a long way to go to achiev­ing the first ob­jec­tive, which must be to avoid the fol­low- on.

But they have at least shown there is still some pride left in their per­for­mance.

Af­ter con­ced­ing a record 525/ 7 – the War­riors’ high­est to­tal in first- class cricket against the Co­bras – the home side could eas­ily have ca­pit­u­lated un­der the score­board pres­sure at New­lands.

Con­sid­er­ing the lack of form the Co­bras bats­men were in, the to­tal would have seemed as large as Ta­ble Moun­tain.

But credit must go to open­ing pair Om­phile Ramela, pic­tured, and An­drew Puttick for the way they stuck to their task in the fi­nal ses­sion.

Hav­ing learnt from the War­riors that ap­pli­ca­tion at the crease was nec­es­sary to score heav­ily on a friendly sur­face, the duo played with good dis­ci­pline.

It may have seemed la­bo­ri­ous at times, with Puttick’s strike- rate only touch­ing 23.48, but it was a nec­es­sary evil. Sub­due and pen­e­trate was the way to go with Ramela pro­vid­ing the odd mo­ment of ex­cite­ment.

This knock is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the Co­bras skip­per. With all the off- field drama be­tween se­nior play­ers and coach Paul Adams, the for­mer Sun­foil Se­ries cham­pi­ons needed Ramela to lead the way on it.

It was im­per­a­tive that one of the se­nior play­ers took on the man­tle, and his un­beaten half- cen­tury will go a long way in eas­ing the bur­den.

He will know, though, that the task is not even half- done. Ramela will have to match or bet­ter in- form War­riors No 3 Colin Ack­er­mann’s ca­reer- best 146 ear­lier yes­ter­day.

Although the for­mer South Africa Un­der- 19 bats­man only added 30 runs to his overnight 116, it was suf­fi­cient to set the plat­form for Somila Sey­i­bokwe 69 ( 137 balls, 10 fours) and later Clyde For­tuin ( 43 off 53 balls), Si­mon Harmer ( 21 not out off 31 balls) and An­drew Birch ( 21 off 21 balls) to drive home the vis­i­tors’ ad­van­tage.

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