Bective East had headed into the second day of their Tamworth first grade clash with Old Boys with a mountain to climb after the defending champions had hammered 367 on the first day.
The Bulls had a good crack at it but fell short in the end, replying with 232.
It would have been enough to win probably 90 per cent of games, Bulls skipper Adam Jones remarked, and while disappointed they couldn't pull it off, he said they took a lot of positives out of the way that they batted.
“We dusted ourselves off after last week’s disappointing day,” he said.
“There was great character and heart from the boys.”
“We were able to bat 78 overs out. (And) We were in with a real chance after tea.”
From 3-150 they quickly built to 3-180.
“I thought we were in a pretty good position. If Tyson and I could have gone another 20 overs, we were really starting to score quickly,” Jones said.
“Then Ben (Middlebrook) took a screamer to get me out and we lost our way a bit.”
Rennie fell 20 runs later for 23, and 26 runs later their innings was over.
Having 10 players didn’t help. They were down a batsmen after Harrison Kelly parted ways with the club between innings.
Jye Paterson top-scored with 53 and put on 40 for the first wicket with Nick Pearson (23) and 66 for the second with Toby Whale (37) before Jones and Whale added 56 for the fourth.
Chris Coulton (2-33) and Pat Bryant (2-2) led the charge for Old Boys, who shared the wickets around.