A FIVE-WICKET haul from paceman Glen Cox helped Coro return to the winner's circle on Saturday night against Exies.
Cox was on fire, ripping through key Exies batsmen Phil Burge (29), Jamie Winkler (four), Lyle Campbell (zero), Justin Winkler (eight) and Theo Valeri (five) to set up a regulation six-wicket win for the Cougars.
He finished with figures of 5-40 from 10 overs and was supported brilliantly by Paul Plummer, who gave up only 11 runs and took one wicket in seven pressure-filled overs.
Needing 119 for victory, Coro got there thanks to skipper Haydn Pascoe (43) and his two 50-run stands with opener Tim Rand (27) and Plummer (31).
"That's what we spoke about before the game we wanted to bat and bowl in partnerships and that's what we did," Coro's Ty Pascoe, who was unbeaten on six, said.
"It makes the game a lot easier.
"It's usually hard to get runs against Exies because they've got five or six of the best fielders in the comp, but we went pretty well."
The Cougars have a reasonable run home with one-dayers against "dark horse" Hanwood and bottom-placed Leagues Club Panthers before the finals.
"It's a pretty even competition this year with us, Diggers, and even Hanwood are a bit of a danger," Pascoe said.
"Looking back, we needed that loss last week to bring us crashing down to earth a bit.
"We went back to basics and got this win, which was a pretty good morale booster for the boys heading into the business end of the one-dayers.
"I think we need to win at least one of the next two to make the final and if we play like that, we'll do it."