DROPPED catches proved Grassmere Cricket Association’s downfall at Bendigo Country Week yesterday.
GCA lost its day two clash to Maryborough at Golden Square by 18 runs.
Team manager Norm Gibson said a swag of dropped catches allowed Maryborough to post a competitive 216 off its 50 overs.
GCA made 8-198 in reply, with skipper Tim Bryce (60), Murray Habel (46) and Aaron Peterson (44) efforts in vein.
“We had 10 dropped catches for the day,” Gibson said.
“Our fielding let us down when they made 216.
“Dropped catches and fielding cost us — we should have been chasing 150 or 160 at the most.”
GCA made the perfect start to its run chase with Habel and Peterson combining for a solid 91-run opening stand.
“They put 57 on in the first six or seven overs,” Gibson said.
“It was a pretty good effort.
“It wasn’t made up of heaps of fours.
“Bryce batted well. He was put down a couple of times but you take your chances.”
Gibson said GCA’s task was harder after it lost quick wickets.
It was 2-101 and in a comfortable position before it slumped to 5-142.
“We had a couple of ducks and run out late in the innings when we were going for runs,” he said
Brian Wilson spearheaded GCA’s attack against Maryborough with 4-29.
Skipper Tim Bryce (2-39) and John Barnes (2-36) also chimed in with wickets.
GCA won its opening match against Red Cliffs on Monday by one wicket. It plays Northern District Colts in its third round match today.