A determined knock at the top of the innings has lifted Coro to a convincing win over Leagues in the lastest round of third grade.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Cougars got off to a flying start through Dean Bennett and Issac Testoni (46) who lifted the side to 111 with a massive opening partnership before Testoni fell to the bowling of Patrick Payne (1/22).
With both openers back in the pavilion with Bennett forced into retirement after reaching 50, Kyle Bennett and Jack Rand look to continue Coro’s push for a massive first innings total.
It was a tough day out for the Panthers as Rand (26) and Bennett (28*) combined to push the score to 177 before Patrick Gunn (1/20) removed Rand with Josh Smith joining Bennett for the last four deliveries of the innings to see Coro finish with 2/187 off their 20 overs.
Losing Oscar Nolan (1) wasn’t the best start for Leagues, but with Joel Harris (16) and Tom Greenaway (47), the side still had a chance. The pair put on 60 for the second wicket before Harris was dismissed by Issac Testoni (1/6) which spelt the end of Leagues resistance.
Manninder Singh (9) and Sam Payne (7) were the only batsmen to get close to double digits as the side reached the end of the 20 overs on 7/117 giving Coro a 70-run victory.
In the second, third grade game, Hanwood kept pace with the top side after seeing off the challenge from Exies.
Zac Demamiel (15) got Hanwood off to a good start while some late hitting from Oliver Bartter (40) and Harry Rowston (20) helped lift their side to 6/142 off 20 overs. Ryan Bock (2/16) and James Roche (2/31) did the damage for Exies with the ball picking up two wickets each.
In reply, the loss of Caleb Redman (2) early could have derailed the chase for Exies. However, James Roche and Jaylan Gatto (50 ret.) led the fight back for their side.
The pair put on 47 runs before Harry Rowston (1/10) picked up the wicket of Roche before Kokulan Kandeepan (7) followed shortly after when he was caught by Tom Bartter off the bowling of Jordan Whitworth (1/10). Despite the best efforts of Piriyarathan Karunapalan (16*) and Hayden Forner (10*), Exies would fall 17-run short.