Wisbech Town skipper Alan Burton hailed his side after bowing out in their East Anglian Premier Division promotion play-off final on Saturday.
The Cambs Tucker Premier League champions lost by six wickets at Norwich CC and just could not break a decisive near-100 stand for the fifth wicket at Postwick.
Burton, who top-scored with 52 and was dropped twice in two balls, said: “They played well and just batted a bit better than us.”
Wisbech won the toss and batted, posting 187 in 49.5 overs as no-one else got to 30. Norwich replied with 190 for 4 in 42.3 overs, their star batsman on the day S Mishra guiding them home with 69 not out.
Burton said: “It was a two-paced surface but decent batting conditions. The 69 made the difference.
“I thought at the time it would have been enough but if Mishra had got out a bit quicker, who knows?
“At one point we were looking at 200 but 180 was a good effort. I’m disappointed but we’ve won the league and the Jaidka Cup. It has been a good year for the club.
“There were good individual performances.”
The Cambs champions will have another crack next year as Burton cannot foresee a big turnover in players, adding on overseas bowler Brad Perrett: “We haven’t really discussed it with him yet. We won’t be making wholesale changes.”
A victory at Norfolk Alliance Premier Division champions Norwich would have seen Wisbech up to the highest level in the club’s history.