IT was a case of 'close but no cigar' for Bayswater in its return match as the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association season resumed on Saturday.
The Waters lost to Noble Park by three wickets after failing to make enough runs while batting first, scoring just 6-164 from 45 overs. The Parkers chased it down with 7-168 from 43 overs.
Waters captain Sean Flynn said his side had left itself a lot to do with the ball in a match that was always going to go down to the wire.
"It was a close game and unfortunately we weren't able to get over the line," he said. "We batted first and we would have liked another 15 runs or so; 164 wasn't enough.
"We felt we could defend the score but we needed to take all our chances and we missed a couple of them while bowling and that hurt us."
Flynn said his side had a chance late in the day to steal victory after some stellar bowling from experienced all-rounder Mark Collins (2-33).
"Collins got us back into the match with his wickets, but they got home with 12 balls to spare," he said.
The Waters face local rival Croydon at Bayswater Oval in a two-day match starting this Saturday and Flynn wants his side to lift for the occasion.
"They are the closest team to us geographically and we'd like to have bragging rights over them as they have beaten us the last few times we have played," Flynn said. "We just want to play better cricket."
Flynn also praised Waters opener Dean Connell for his "tremendous form" this season.
The Waters play Croydon at Croydon Oval this Saturday. Play starts at noon. .
VSDCA North-east: Oakleigh 51 points, 1.75 per cent; Plenty Valley 39, 1.25; Noble Park 33, 1.13; Brunswick 33, 1.06; Coburg 28, 0.77; Kew 27, 1.14; Box Hill 27, 1.11; Ivanhoe 24, 0.99; Preston 24, 0.96; Endeavour Hills 24, 0.76; Balwyn 21, 1.10; Bayswater 21, 1.03; Mt Waverley 15, 0.73; Croydon 15, 0.68.