AS Mailors Flat was preparing to start its chase in the season’s last home-and-away round on Saturday, the side received the news it didn’t want to hear.
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The other three Grassmere Cricket Association (GCA) matches had been abandoned due to the wet weather, ending the Jets’ hopes of flying into the competition’s top four.

Captain Damian Jones said his team travelled to Winslow Recreation Reserve in the hope that it would resume its match against Wangoom.

If the Jets chased down the Goomers’ 9-251 and Grassmere fell short in its pursuit of Panmure’s 9-360, Mailors Flat would have replaced the Meerkats in fourth spot.

Jones said his players knew their finals aspirations were over about 2.30pm on Saturday.

“We were there, just waiting to see whether there would be enough results in the round to warrant playing, but we had to call it off,” he said.

“We were about to play, then we heard that the other three games had been called off, so there was no point.

“We were disappointed but there’s not much you can do about it.”

The first-year captain reflected on the 2011-12 season yesterday, saying he had mixed emotions.

“We made progress on last season, which was a good thing, but to miss out on finals by less than a game is disappointing,” he said.

“There were probably a couple of games that we should’ve won, but overall we’re reasonably happy.”

Mailors Flat was the competition’s battler last season, winning just one match to be handed the dreaded wooden spoon.

Jones said the Jets were able to fulfil a couple of aims this season.

“Personally, I just wanted to get two wins on the board because we only won one game the year before,” he said. “Teamwise, we just wanted to improve every week and play to the potential which I knew we had.

“Early in the year we beat Panmure and we pushed Killarney twice.

“We beat Hawkesdale and we nearly chased down an impossible total against them.

“So against the three top sides, we showed that we were more than capable of playing well against them.”

Saturday’s washouts meant that the GCA top four remained the same, with Panmure awarded the minor premiership, while Killarney finished second and Hawkesdale third.

Fourth-placed Grassmere will get another crack at the Bulldogs in next weekend’s semi-finals, which will be played on Saturday and Sunday, while the Crabs and Cats will also play off for a grand final berth.

Meanwhile, Grassmere Cricket Association crowned its Colts champions on the weekend, with Hawkesdale collecting the honours.

The Cats set 9-242 last week, with Panmure a shaky 7-76 when rain came and forced the match to be abandoned.

Hawkesdale claimed the premiership after finishing on top of the ladder, with batsman Jamie Gow named man-of-the-match after contributing an unbeaten 76 for the Cats on the opening day.

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