Great Boulder coach Dean Jerrard took plenty of positives from Saturday’s three-wicket loss against Hannans at Wallace Oval.
For starters, the severely depleted Two Blues controlled long periods of the contest and might have pulled off an unlikely win, if not for Chris Cole’s record-breaking 38-ball 104.
The club also unearthed depth in its batting stocks; Great Boulder posted a season-high total of 8-225 from 50 overs.
However, Jerrard remains acutely aware that time is running out for his charges to show the Eastern Goldfields Cricket Association what they are capable of.
“We’re down to the last four games; we can’t keep saying ‘next week, next week’,” Jerrard said.
“The next game we’ve got is a final in my eyes. If we win that game, we’re pretty much assured of finals.
“However, we certainly didn’t walk away on Saturday and feel devastated. We took loads of positives out of that performance. If anything, it improved my confidence in the depth we have when we’re at full tilt.
“Josh Fewkes struck his best innings of the season by some distance. Obviously we know about Josh Rushmore’s class but for him to hit 50 after five or six weeks was a bonus. Nick Thomas was serviceable again and Brock Reilly stood up — there were loads of positives.”
Jerrard said the performance of Great Boulder’s bowlers was difficult to assess in the context of Cole’s heroics.
“I’ve seen a lot of cricket in Kalgoorlie in 30 years,” he said.
“I’ve seen guys get a hundred off 60, 70 or 80 balls but never off 30-odd. You’ve just got to give credit where credit’s due, I guess. Some of the guys were saying after the game that no matter what plans they came up with, not a lot could be done to stop him.
“At the end of the day, you’ve just got to sit back and admire an amazing innings. I don’t think there was a great deal we did wrong, to be honest.
“We just got torn apart in 50 minutes.”
The Two Blues are expected to be at or near full strength when the EGCA A-grade competition resumes after country week.
They sit two victories clear of Lake View (fourth) and four wins behind North Kalgoorlie (first) and Hannans (second).