A captain’s knock from Paul Plummer has saved Leagues in their timed match against Coro at West End Oval on Saturday afternoon.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Leagues were put on the back foot early with three wickets falling in quick succession.
After an opening stand of 11, Alex Flood (1/16) picked up Logan Matheson (4) while Coro captain Haydn Pascoe took the wickets of Ben Leach (5) and Andrew Madden (2) to have the Panthers struggling at 3/14.
While Reece Matheson and Jimmy Binks tried to restore some stability to the batting order, it didn’t last long as Matheson (5) became the first of Shane Hutchinson wickets for the day.
A 23-run stand between Liam Greenaway and Binks saw the side almost reach 50, but the bowling of Hutchinson had the Panthers starting with two fresh batsmen at the crease as both Binks (15) and Greenaway (9) fell in quick succession.
Ryan Greenaway (3) and Satvir Chahal (1) were the next pair to fall to have Leagues looking like they would have to defend a small total with the score on 8/57.
It was left to the experienced heads of Brett Hazelman and Plummer to get the runs their side needed, and in a 33-run stand, they were able to get the Panthers to 90 before Hazelmen (9) fell to the bowling of Dean Bennett.
Raj Singh (6*) and Plummer (35) added 19 runs for the final wicket before Bennett (2/14) dismissed Plummer to see Leagues finish on 109 after 35.4 overs.
The chase didn’t start well for Coro as Tim Rand (0), and Bennett (8) fell to the bowling of Plummer (2/15).
Pascoe and Rob Rand tried to lay the foundation for their side to build on as they looked to secure a victory which would give them the minor premiership.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, with the score on 21 wickets started to fall. Pascoe was knocked over by Hazelman while Liam Greenaway picked up the wickets of Andrew Potter (3) and William Dalton (0) before they were able to make an impact on the scoreboard.
Rob Rand (11) followed soon after while Satvir Chahal picked up Johnathan Morris (3) to have the Cougars on 7/61.
Kyle Bennett and Justin Moat put on 20 runs to give their side a fighting chance before Greenaway (3/15) picked up his third wicket dismissing Moat (13) while Chahal knocked over Bennett (12).
When Flood (1) fell to the bowling of Raj Singh (1/9), it brought the Cougars innings to a close as they finished on 71 to give the Panthers a 38-run victory.
The result also means the Cougars fall back to second after Exies picked up a win against Hanwood.