Led by a back-to-the-wall knock by captain John Rogers, the Comets fought tooth and nail in a steep fourth-innings run-chase today, eventually losing to Victoria at Jubilee Park by 83 runs.
The Comets began the day at the crease after Victoria declared at 3/298 overnight. Confronted by a mountainous run-chase of 368 to win, the visitors did not shy away from the challenge.
After the loss of the two early wickets of opening batsmen Henry Hunt and Daniel Solway, first-drop Dean Solway combined with Rogers to forge a 117-run partnership for the third wicket.
Rogers pummelled a rapid-fire 73 runs off 93 balls in a knock streaked with nine fours and a six, while Solway constructed a sturdy 52.
At number seven, all-rounder Ben Manenti struck a bruising 37 off 47 deliveries in an innings stamped with four fours. Even when a draw surfaced as the Comets’ best result attainable, the side showed grit in batting for a stalemate.
When Tuggeranong captain Shane Devoy walked to the crease at 7/224, the finger-spinning all-rounder stemmed the flow of wickets with a blunt 25 off 69 deliveries as the hosts pursued victory.
However, Victoria’s bowling attack proved too potent, eventually limiting the Comets to 284 from 86 overs.
The Comets’ next Futures League match will be played at Manuka Oval against Tasmania, beginning on February 20.