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Tough to swallow loss after ton: de Kock

Lions’ centurion talks about the knock that almost took his side over the line

The Highveld Lions, the finalists of the 2012 edition of the Champions League Twenty20, went down fighting in the 2013 season. In their final match of the Group stage they were pitted against the unbeaten Otago Volts and managed to take the game as far as the Super Over. The man who gave them a fighting chance of creating an upset was the young Quinton de Kock. Already having impressed with his talents, he chose this platform to pile on a heap of runs in the subcontinent. 

Opening for the Lions, de Kock single-handedly built his team’s innings with a glorious unbeaten century. He hit the ball out of the park with ease and accumulated 109 runs off 63 balls as he helped post a competitive target for the Volts. He then came out again to chase 14 runs in the Super Over and smashed a four and six. But with the batsmen at the other end not being able to do the needful, the Highveld Lions lost the match and now go home without a win under their belt. 

While speaking to clt20.com the youngster looked back at the match and his sparkling knock. 

Excerpts from his interview:

Hard luck. A tough loss

It is always tough losing the game like that, and especially for someone who has scored a 100. If you score a 100, you want to win the game at the end. But that’s what happened though.

The match was precariously poised. When did you think the game went away from you?

I think we had it till about the 15th-16th over (of the Volts’ innings). But then they caught up and James Neesham played very well. We bowled to his strengths; we didn’t bowl to our game plan. But then that’s how it goes sometimes.

How do you feel about your knock, getting runs in the subcontinent and putting up a tough fight?

It feels good to score a hundred. I had a little bit of struggle here in the subcontinent. It feels good to get a little bit of reward for the work. I had worked very hard for it.

What was the atmosphere in the dressing room like coming into this match?

We had a slight chance maybe of going through, so we decided we would go full out here. And that’s what the boys did today.

What was the talk before the Super Over?

We just said to each other, ‘Just soak in the experience and just have fun out there.’

How do you sum up the tour and what have you learnt from it?

I think just adapting to different conditions will probably be one of the bigger things I have learnt.  

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