WESTERN Waves will strive for a top-two finish after dropping their second Dowling Shield under 16 state championship game yesterday.
The John Houston-coached Waves suffered a seven-wicket loss to Inner East Emus.
It followed the Waves’ strong 62-run round one win against Outer East Eagles on Monday.
Houston said the Waves were kept to 118 which put the Emus in a comfortable position.
Inner East Emus batted out their 50 overs after chasing the Western Waves’ total down and finished with 8-219.
“It was a slow and steady attack with a lot of spin and everyone got themselves out basically,” he said. “We couldn’t get partnerships which is what we did really well the day before.
“They were a really good fielding side but it was disappointing we didn’t take it up to their bowlers.”
Houston said the Emus were a “well trained and well drilled” side.
Woodford’s Tyler Fowler bowled well for his 1-20 and Russells Creek’s Liam Brown top scored with 22.
Houston said the Waves needed to re-group and were still a strong chance to finish top two in their pool.
Western Waves’ under 14 side also suffered a day two loss. Inner East Emus routed the Waves for 67 after they were restricted to 107 batting first.