CORO'S title defence is back on track after Rob Rand and Peter Taprell helped blast the Cougars to an easy 52-run win over Hanwood on Saturday at Exies No.2 Oval.
Rob Rand was unbeaten on 54 runs from 63 balls, while the powerful Taprell smashed 46 off 42 as the Cougars posted a whopping total of 7-160 from their 40 overs.
In a gamble for the Cougars as they looked to solve their recent batting woes, Taprell who went to the fence three times and over it twice was moved up the order to open alongside Tim Rand.
It more than paid off as their partnership went unbroken for close to an hour before Tim Rand was trapped in front by Kris Hicken, leaving Coro in a strong position at 1-71.
Taprell was gone in the next over, but Rob Rand hung around for the remainder of the innings and proved a nuisance to a Hanwood attack that lost gun paceman Tom West, who went down injured in just his second over.
Coro captain Haydn Pascoe said he was delighted to see his side finally get their act together with the bat this season.
"It was good to see a couple of our key batsman go on with their starts, which is what we want to do most weeks," he said.
"That's how we expect our top order to bat. It shows we're still a pretty strong side, considering our mucked-up pre-season."
Pascoe said the Cougars were better off with the hit-or-miss Taprell at the top of the batting order.
"Some days it works for us, some days it doesn't, and on Saturday it did," he said.
"We'd rather have him scoring 20 at the top of the order than at the bottom. It gets us off to a better start and takes the pressure off the other guys."
The Cougars were largely untroubled as Hanwood, without captain Dean Catanzariti, sought to haul down the required total, with just two batsmen Tom Shannon (30) and Jamie Whitworth (17) reaching double figures.
Satvir Chahal and Alex Flood were the chief destroyers, each bagging three wickets to dismiss Hanwood for just 108.
"They pretty much just ripped through the top order and after that there wasn't much to come," Pascoe said.
Chahal was on a hat-trick after removing opener Dave Felton (4) and then Kris Hicken (0) in consecutive balls.
Forced to wait until his next over for the opportunity to complete it, he fell just short but rattled Brendan Hicken's stumps just a couple of balls later.