LEAGUES continue to be the thorn in the side of Coro as they again saw off the challenge of the defending champions.
The two sides have played out tight affairs in the previous two meeting resulting in wins by ten or fewer runs and this game was no different.
Having won the toss and electing to bat Leagues did not get off to the best start.
The side found themselves at 3/14 after Matt Kennan (0), Logan Matheson (0) and Jimmy Binks (2) falling to the bowling of Chris Mansell (3/11).
The constant in the situation was stand-in captain Ben Leach who tried to restore balance to the innings.
Ryan Greenaway (9) and Satvir Chahal (13) were the other main contributors alongside Leach as Leagues reached 118 off 37.2 overs.
Leach said it came down to honouring his wicket.
“I just had to hang in there,” he said.
“I was seeing them alright and just kept knocking the balls around.”
Coro suffered a similar start with Harry Singh (2/10) taking the wickets of Rob Rand (3) and Haydn Pascoe (4) in quick succession.
Tim Rand (26) and Tom Valeri (11) put their heads down and got their side to 33 before Raj Singh (3/20) dismissed Valeri and Jono Morris (3).
The pattern would follow them throughout the innings as after two batsmen got a start two wickets would fall in quick succession and Leach congratulated the bowlers on their performance.
“Bowlers did a great job in sharing the workload,” he said.
“They all picked up two or three wickets each which is great and our fielding was really good as well.”
The shining light for Coro’s batting innings was a 33-run partnership between Shane Makea (26) and Tim Rand as well as some late hitting from Mansell (16).
Coro wasn’t unable to be consistent enough and fell 11 runs short of the total.
To compound the issues for Coro, captain Haydn Pascoe could be in doubt for next week's game after hurting his shoulder attempting a throw from the boundary.
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