Great Southern Cricket Association’s under-14B gold side suffered grand final heartache after a magnificent country week tournament that was highlighted by brilliant individual efforts. GSCA were undefeated through the four-game round-robin tournament but ultimately went down by three wickets to Bunbury and Districts in the decider at Gwynne Park on Friday. After being sent into bat, GSCA could post only 163 before being rolled in the 41st over. Adam Edwards top-scored with a courageous knock of 72 from 75 balls, including 13 boundaries. However, once he departed the GSCA innings spiralled out of control. They lost 6-14 and Bryce Hinchliffe (16) was the only batter to reach double figures after Edwards was dismissed, with six batters failing to move past a double-digit score. In their defence, GSCA took frequent wickets but were not able to stem the flow of runs and Bunbury and Districts chased the runs in the 42nd over for grand final glory. Hinchcliffe capped off a superb tournament as the leading run scorer with 236 at an average of 59, including three half-centuries, while also coming equal sixth with the ball with seven wickets at 24.29. Edwards was third in the runs tally with 222 at 74 and Jayden Jones led the competition’s wicket tally with 11 at 9.55. Great Southern-Esperance finished second on the ladder but lost both of their final matches to finish fourth overall. GSCA-E had a chance to finish third but lost to Bunbury and Districts by 97 at David Cruikshank Reserve on Friday. Bunbury and Districts finished their 50 overs on 6-262 as GSCA-E bowlers were dispatched around the park. Nate Thomas-Magee was the star with the ball, taking 2-31 from 10 overs, while Zach Warren also pitched in with two wickets. Chasing such a big total, GSCA found it tough to push the run rate while also maintaining partnerships. Chase Campbell dug in for a well-made 31 but they were skittled for 165 in the 44th over. Warren finished second in the run tally with 185 at 61.67, including an unbeaten century against Busselton-Margaret River in round three. He also claimed the second most wickets with 15 at a staggering average of 5.67, including a six-wicket haul against West Pilbara. Darcy Roberts also made a brilliant century against West Pilbara.