ACT Comets player-coach Aiden Blizzard is trying to keep his players thinking positive after the side copped a belting against NSW on Thursday.
Chasing an unlikely 491 for victory against the Blues 2nd XI, the Comets collapsed to be all out for 188, with only opener Henry Hunt offering any resistance, scoring 58.
But despite the heavy loss, Blizzard remained optimistic.
"Obviously they're quite down about losing," Blizzard said. "But again throughout most of the competition there's been some significant learning and some significant improvement from some of the younger players."
The ACT has yet to win a match in the Futures League competition this season, having lost three matches and drawn one. However, as one of the few experienced players in the side, Blizzard is confident that they will continue to improve.
"I know the scoreboard doesn't necessarily indicate the improvements, but we're seeing some really significant gains both in their approach to cricket and the way they're reviewing it."
Blizzard said he was surprised but impressed with the Manuka pitch, and didn't use it as an excuse for the defeat.
"There was a lot more grass on the wicket than a traditional Manuka wicket," Blizzard said.
"I think they [NSW] batted really well, then the wicket sort of quickened up again for day two where we struggled.
"We've been very strong with the curators here as well to make the best cricket wickets, and they're doing a great job. We're playing on an international venue every round of Futures League which we're really grateful for."
The Comets will take on Queensland next at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on the 29th of February.