CORO remains on track for an unprecedented first-grade treble after claiming the Peter Davis One-Day Cup in a thrilling final against Exies yesterday.
The Cougars' dreams of capturing every piece of cricketing silverware this season appeared dashed after the side was bowled out for just 82 runs but a spectacular batting collapse from Exies late in the day saw Coro win by just five runs.
At drinks, Exies were 3-60 and a victory seemed a foregone conclusion until Coro pair Glenn Gox and Shane Hutchinson combined to take the last seven wickets in just 10 stunning overs.
The last fell to leg-spinner Hutchinson, who lured Exies' Nathan Jones into a pull shot only to be caught by Fletcher Josling on the boundary, sparking wild celebrations among the Coro players and supporters.
It was the sweetest of triumphs for Coro skipper Haydn Pascoe, who last season was on the wrong end of one of Griffith cricket's most talked-about finishes in a first-grade grand final nailbiter against Diggers.
"When I first came over to the Cougars, we were losing those close games. Now it's good that the tide's finally turned," he said.
"All us boys thought we were out of it, especially after the start
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they got. It's about time we got a bit of luck.
The one-day trophy is Coro's second piece of silverware this season, having already won the Don 'Captain' Coleman Twenty20 Shield.
Pascoe said there is no reason why his side couldn't make it three from three with the first-grade title.
"We've clearly shown (that we're the team to beat) and we've definitely got the side to take it all home," he said.
"We've just got to do it now, I suppose.
"Finals start next week, we've got Exies here in a two-dayer and it's a totally different ball game again."
Pascoe was full of praise for Cox (5-19) and Hutchinson (4-10), who were the men behind Exies' incredible capitulation.
The pair were mesmerising in slowing down an Exies outfit chasing only a miniscule total.
"I've faced (Hutchinson) before and he's a very dangerous bowler. He looks like the kind of bowler you can smash for six but you're in strife when you go for it," Pascoe said.
"And it was a very, very good effort from Glen Cox. He was awesome."