CORO Cougars skipper Haydn Pascoe has blamed his side’s “pathetic” fielding effort for turning what should have been a blowout win over Hanwood on Saturday into a close game.
An incredible display of power hitting and precision from Cougars batsmen Tim Rand and Ty Pascoe helped set Hanwood a target of 194 for victory at West End Oval.
But Coro switched off in the field in the second innings, dropping 10 catches and allowing Hanwood into a contest they had no right to.
In the end, Pascoe’s men won out by two runs – despite letting Hanwood opener and top-scorer Brendan Hicken (40) off the hook four times.
“They got ridiculously too close,” Pascoe said.
“We dropped Hicken on 10 and he ended up getting his 40 off 20-odd balls, and that set the platform for the rest of his team.
“Getting that early wicket probably would have gone close to ending it, the run rate would have gone through the roof.
“Our fielding was just pathetic. But if you look it in a positive way, we still got the win despite that.”
Opener Rand was unbeaten on 74 for Coro, but the spotlight was stolen off him by Ty Pascoe’s wild strokeplay that served as the exclamation mark to the Cougars’ commanding innings.
Coming in at number six, Pascoe lashed out and hit six sixes on his way to a 57 that came off only 29 deliveries.
He holed out off the bowling of Hicken just before Coro finished up on 5-194, but his work was well and truly done.
“He made West End look pretty small,” Haydn Pascoe said.
“Ty just finished it off at the end for us. If it wasn’t for him then given how we went after that, we would have gotten bloody rolled.
“It was actually really entertaining from the sidelines, from my point of view.
“And Tim, he did everything I expected from him. He opened, batted the whole innings and did a really good job.”