CORO’S Peter Davis One Day Cup title defence is off to a scrappy but winning start after overcoming the Yenda Jets by 41 runs on Saturday at West End Oval.
Last year’s champions in all three competitions, the Cougars won the toss and batted first, but were on the ropes when openers Tim Rand and Brad Saunders as well as skipper Haydn Pascoe were sent packing for a combined total of just eight runs.
But they were rescued by Peter Taprell, who hit a quickfire 26 to get Coro back on the straight and narrow before they were bowled out for 111.
The Jets had similar toporder struggles, with their first five batsmen – save for top-scorer Tom Spry (33) – all dismissed for ducks.
Despite the best efforts of Spry and Dean Cunial (16), Yenda was no match for Coro and were gone for 70 runs.
Pascoe attributed the lacklustre nature of the Coro’s performance to the remnants of some pre-season cobwebs, but said it was proof his side can still pick up wins playing badly.
“It’s the start of the season, everyone’s a bit rusty,” he said.
“We did what we had to do and it was good to get the win straight up to get our confidence back up.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts but thankfully Tappy went out there, hit 20-odd and that put us back on track to post a decent total.”
There were few highlights for either side but Pascoe was delighted with the return of Satviv Chahal, who missed the second half of last season for the Cougars.
Chahal was unbeaten on 18 in the first innings and cleanbowled Yenda opener Steve McCarten in a tidy six-over spell.
Tim Rand grabbed three wickets for Coro while young paceman Alex Flood and skipper Pascoe took two each.
“Floody just did what he always does. He’s very consistent. He’ll be our spearhead of the attack this year,” Pascoe said.
The Cougars will be hoping to blow out the rest of those cobwebs this week ahead of Saturday’s rematch with arch nemesis Diggers.
“They’re always a tough side so it’s nice to go into that one with a win under our belts already,” Pascoe said.