Shepherds Flat played host to a top-level T-20 match at the weekend.
Youth Club’s Cricket Willow Shield campaign has ended after it lost to Wallan Cricket Club by five wickets in the semi-final at Shepherds Flat on Sunday.
The team won the Grampians Cricket Association Twenty-20 competition but struggled against the Gisborne District Cricket Association.
Youth Club won the toss and elected to bat first with Ethan Marrow getting his side off to a good start.
Captain Cam Kimber top scored with 45 as the team finished with 149 from its 20 overs.
The bowlers struggled at times and the Wallan batsmen made them pay, eventually reaching the total with only five wickets down.
Kimber said it was a great experience to be involved in.
"We went up there not knowing what to expect,” he said.
“We thought we put in a good performance with the bat, but let ourselves down a bit with the ball in the second innings.
We went up there not knowing what to expect. We thought we put in a good performance with the bat, but let ourselves down a bit with the ball in the second innings.- Youth Club captain Cam Kimber
"It was a pretty slow outfield, so you do not get full value for your shots which makes it a bit harder.”
The team did try to use some of the tactics Wallan used while bowling but also had to set a field that could defend the score.
"We tried to do our own thing when it was our turn to bowl,” Kimber said.
"Bowling second meant we had to set the field a bit more defensively than they did in the first innings, where as they had quite an attacking field for most of the innings.”
The fixture meant the club played two games in two days after the club won its Grampians Cricket Division B Grade match on Saturday.
Kimber said it meant players needed to approach the game differently.
"We had just played a two-dayer on Saturday, so to try and change your mindsight to be more aggressive was a bit difficult for the game on Sunday,” he said.
"To win the Grampians Twenty-20 competition was very good and to go up there and put in the effort we did was great.
“I am very proud of what the side did over not just the semi-final but throughout the whole competition.”
Kimber said it would give the team confidence for the rest of the season.