Coro Cougars picked up their second of three premierships from the 2020/21 GDCA season after taking a 66-run victory over Leagues Panthers on Friday night.
The Cougars won the toss and elected to bat, and that proved to be the correct decision as they were able to put the pressure on straight away.
Cooper Rand and Noah Maybon, at the top of the order, were really able to set the tone for their side as they were able to get their side to drinks with a 79-run opening partnership.
They continued to put the runs on the board before Rand (44) was dismissed by Leo Forner (1/27) to bring to a close an opening stand of 113.
Maybon was able to post his fifty as he and Ben Signor put on 18 runs before Signor (10) was dismissed by Jack Mingay (2/42), who followed it up soon after with the wicket of Maybon (60).
Cooper James (1/30) was able to pick up the wicket of Coro skipper Mark Bennett (1), but that was the last of the success for the Panthers.
Harry Steele (38*) and Jake Rand (8*) were able to add 43 runs before the end of the innings to see their side finish their 40 overs on 4/190.
With the help of some penalty runs, Leo Forner and Nobejit Singh were able to put on 20 for the first wicket before Forner (1) was bowled by Camm (1/10), and Singh (7) was caught off the bowling of Rhys Carnell (1/11).
The top order for the Panthers struggled to make an impact as Patrick Payne (8), Michael Cudmore (3) and Jack Mingay (1) departed without troubling the scorers.
Noah Gaske and James were given the tough task of trying to get the Panthers back on track.
They were able to get their side towards 100 before Gaske (40) fell to Charlie Jones (1/7), and that spelled the end of the resistance.
Ben Wood picked up Danvir Singh-Clark (0) and James (10) while Steele (1/6) was able to knock over Joel Schaefer to see the Panthers on the brink at 9/107
Enzo Nolan (15) was stubborn before he was eventually run out by Ben Signor to see the Panthers bowled out for 124 to give the Cougars the title.
The win means it is the Coro side's fourth third-grade premiership in six seasons.
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