THE Coro Cougars’ shaky GDCA title defence continues tomorrow night with a day-nighter against Hanwood that skipper Haydn Pascoe knows his side has to be up for.
The reigning champions are yet to display any of the scintillating form that secured them glory in all three forms of the game last season, and fell to rivals Diggers after a disappointing bowling performance on Saturday.
“We’re usually better than that,” Pascoe said. “Diggers are always the same, they get that much luck – they come out and when they’re hacking, everything lands two metres away from the fielder.
“They get lucky, I suppose, but we didn’t help ourselves and we dropped quite a few catches.”
With the bat, there are fewer issues – particularly after Sunday’s representative game, when Pascoe (68) and Tim Rand (51) combined for a match-winning 121-run partnership for Griffith against Leeton.
“It was good on Sunday to have a good go and get really stuck into the bowlers,” the captain said.
“Even on Saturday I was starting to feel good – I got settled but ended up getting out from a poor shot.
“Timmy as well, we put on pretty big score together and hopefully we can do that for Coro.”
Coro’s top order will be bolstered by the return of Fletcher Josling but they face one of the competition’s most in-form attacks in Hanwood.
Dean Wynne and Tom West were on fire at the weekend, the former taking three wickets and the latter four in Hanwood’s win over struggling Yenda.
“It’s good for Hanwood that Westy’s back, he’s been out with injury and he’ll be looking to continue that form,” Pascoe said.
“They’re on a high and we’re looking to bounce back from that loss, so the boys know they need to be up for this one.”
Hanwood will likely go in unchanged but as good as their bowling was against Yenda, captain Dean Catanzariti wants more.
“There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement – we could have knocked over Yenda for a lot less. Our bowling dropped off after drinks,” he said.