LOOKING FORWARD: Koroit coach Dom Johnson is confident his team can bounce back quickly from its round six loss to Russells Creek last week. The Saints will play an away game at Dennington on Saturday. Picture: Anthony BradyA ROUND six loss to Russells Creek has provided Koroit coach Dom Johnson with plenty of positives.
Last Saturday at Mack Oval the Saints went down by 10 runs in a one-day encounter.
“Even though we lost the game I have learnt a lot from the experience,” Johnson said.“I now know the strengths and weaknesses of my players and how to best manage them.
“We have a strong team and we are starting to gel at the moment and there is still lots of development in our squad.”
This Saturday Koroithas another away game against Dennington. Koroit is in fourth place onthe Merri conference ladder, just two points clear of the Dogs.
A win for Koroit on Saturday would not only put a big space between itself and Dennington but also keepit in touch with the top two.
The Saints bowling stocks are set to get a big boost this week with the return of paceman Matthew Lynch and Tom O’Loughlan and leg-spinner Daniel Lynch.
It was a tough day with the ball against Russells Creek with Koroitgrabbing only two wickets in 45 overs for the cost of 185.It set up a tough run chase with Matthew Webster taking control with a powerful knock of 62 batting at number four.
Unfortunately the support for Webster was not enough with no other batsman making over 20.
Johnson (5) and Michael Darmody (15) were both ran out, putting a big dent in the middle order.
“Those run outs really hurt us, they changed the game” Johnson said.
In the end Koroit fell just short of the required target, bowled out for 175 in the 44thover.
The division three team is hoping a chance to play at home will help it secure its first win for the season.
This Saturday the Saints will play Merrivale Gold in round four at Victoria Park.
Last weekend Koroit travelled into Dennington and lost by 25 runs.The home team batted first and made 8-227 from 40 overs with Bill Fawcett the star with 5-31.
Koroit had the run rate under control in the chase but in the end ran out of wickets, bowled out for 202 in 34 overs.Jack O’Sullivan top scored with 45 with Fawcett completing a good double with 42.
Last Sunday the under 17s lost outright to Allansford-Nirranda with Harrison Grieves top scoring with 20.
On Tuesday Koroit made 44 against Port Fairy with Jake Hamilton top scoring. The Saints are in the game heading into day two with Port Fairy on 3-22 with Grieves taking two wickets.
In the under 15s last Friday Woodford defeated Koroitby eight wickets while on the Saturday the under 13s defeated East Warrnambool-YCW by six wickets.