OUTCLASSED and outplayed, Emerald Brothers under-15s were offered little room to move when they took on the might of the Clermont Bulls outfit at Rundle Park.
Tight bowling by the Bulls restricted Brothers to just 74 runs in the first innings, before easily eclipsing the target inside the 30-over limit for the loss of just three wickets.
"Our batting let us down," stand-in Brothers' coach Alan Jackson said.
"We had been working on it (batting) for the last couple of weeks.
"But at the weekend we didn't bat out the 30 overs.
"I think some concentration is required."
Brothers' batsmen Cahill Montieth and Tom Lewis were the notable exceptions, with 16 and 14 runs respectively.
Clermont bowler Marcus Schrader had a blinder in the field, taking 2/4 from his two overs bowled, as well as snaring two catches.
In reply, Brothers were on the back foot before a ball had even been bowled.
"We were one short in the field, so that left a few gaps and plenty practice for the boys," Jackson said.
Emerald bowler Binura Gunasinghe backed up his solid performance the previous week with another class display at the weekend, taking 1/8 against the Bulls
However, despite Brothers' best efforts, the Clermont batting powerhouse proved too strong.
"They (Clermont) batted really well," Jackson said.
"We didn't have too many opportunities to take wickets."
David Boyes batted to a fine 22-run stand for the Bulls, as did Clayton Dollard with 17.
"Clermont has probably got a little bit more depth than the other sides," Jackson said.
The interim Brothers' coach will also lead the Central Highlands under-14 representative side against Rockhampton this weekend.
"We've got a pretty reasonable bowling attack but the runs will be tough to chase," he said.
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