Tom Groth's quest for a second Australian Country Cricket Championship title appears over after NSW Country, despite the best efforts of Kerrod White, slumped to their fifth loss of the tournament on Thursday.
Facing Queensland in the penultimate round, the Bush Blues fell just short, with the home side chasing down their 238 with two balls to spare and all but ending their finals hopes.
White was the star of the Bush Blues' innings, the opener hitting his second century of the tournament.
He struck 126 off 130 balls in a super knock that included 14 fours, and a 151-run partnership with skipper Nick Foster (49).
Their third wicket stand had the Bush Blues' looking at 250+ but a late flurry of wickets saw them bowled out with one ball remaining of their 50 overs.
Groth, who on Wednesday in playing his 84th match became the highest-capped player ever at the championships, and Michael Rixon both failed to make an impact with the bat, the former dismissed for his second duck in as many games.
He was though busy behind the stumps taking four catches.
Scott Burkinshaw led the charge with the ball taking 4-38.
They will wrap up their campaign against Victoria at Toowoomba's Cahill Park Sport's Complex.