|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
February 7, 2013
Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain, has been found not guilty of ball tampering after an incident in the Cobras' match against Lions in January. Ontong was called to face a disciplinary hearing in relation to a charge of "changing the condition of the ball" but he has now been cleared.
The ball had been sent to Australia for examination by manufacturer Kookaburra. Despite a superficial appearance of the seam being interfered with, Kookaburra director Rob Elliot said the damage "could be a manufacturing anomaly in so far as the stitch has pulled through the leather" and was unable to prove ball tampering with any certainty.
Cricket South Africa disciplinary commissioner Professsor Rian Cloete said: "In view of this report and the lack of any other evidence, I find that there is no conclusive evidence substantiating the allegation of ball tampering as stated in the Match Report."
The accusation arose during a heated episode in the Sunfoil Series match, which Lions won to close the gap at the top of the table. Umpires Brian Jerling and Shaun George decided to change the ball after concluding that its condition had been altered and offered Lions batsman Quinton de Kock the choice of a replacement. Cobras were reportedly unhappy with the substitute ball, as it was significantly older.
De Kock was subsequently involved in an on-field scuffle with Cobras' Alistair Gray and was suspended for one match after pleading guilty to a Level 2 offence. Cape Cobras had always disputed the charge levelled against Ontong.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
Also, top-scoring in both innings, most Test dismissals caught, and the oldest Test centurion
Plays of the Day from the Champions League T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Perth Scorchers, in Bangalore
Ashwell Prince talks about proving critics wrong, scoring hundreds against Australia, and that unending partnership in Colombo
Chasing Chennai Super Kings' 242, Dolphins opener Cameron Delport played nine action-packed deliveries in his innings. Here's what happened ball by ball
Plays of the day from the CLT20 match between Dolphins and Lahore Lions in Bangalore
Cricket should look to not only shore up struggling and emerging cricketing nations but also to export the game with entrepreneurial vigour
West Indies' ODI squad for India is surprisingly light on spin, but the tour is an opportunity for Samuels and Russell to make strong comebacks
Without more fixtures with Full Members, they can't get more funds. Without funds, they can't keep their players
Amol Muzumdar, who has announced his retirement from first-class cricket, reflects on his career, missing out on Test cricket, and more