Numurkah captain Liam Gledhill could not fault the effort of his troops at Deakin Reserve.
The Blues went down to Katandra in the Haisman Shield grand final, but their leader was as positive as he could be after the contest.
‘‘Obviously I was really disappointed to make 116 in the first innings, but I was really proud of the way the boys fought it out and made a game of it,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘Even though they had one hand on it, we had to try and pull something off.
‘‘We probably lost the first hour and lost the last hour when we were batting and that’s what cost us.
‘‘It was a good thing that we made them work hard for it.’’
Gledhill praised Shaun Downie and Tim Arnel especially for their respective performances in the defeat.
‘‘Obviously Shaun’s knock (Saturday) of 67 was really high-class, but at the end of the day he was still dirty because he went out at a crucial stage,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘Timmy Arnel’s five wickets in the first innings, he made this game go late into (yesterday) just by his work ethic.
‘‘He cops a lot flak, but I tell you what there’s not one bloke who tries harder and he’s got enormous ability, and we’re really thankful that he was playing for Numurkah.’’
With recruits Downie, Michael Eckard and Josh Smith already signed on for another season, the Blues will be keen to atone for yesterday’s loss in their next campaign.
‘‘There’s always going to be changes, but I can’t fault the determination and effort of my side this year, we lost one game through the Haisman Shield season and we’ve lost another in the grand final,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘It’s disappointing to lose the grand final, but we’ve come from a long way back and to make it and to play good, positive cricket this year, I’m a very proud captain.’’