Grenfell too good for Cowra Bowling Club in preliminary final

A strong opening performance with the bat and ball from Grenfell has seen the Cowra Bowling Club bow out of B Grade grand final contention.

A 57 from Grenfell's opening batsman Steven Walker and a 23 in the middle order from Luke Murphy set the tone for the visitors, who left Bowling Club chasing 118.

The visitors' bowling line up brought the same intensity as the batters, causing Bowling Club to lose three quick wickets before a partnership between Josh Chamberlain (25) and Scott Gray (15) steadied the ship for the home side.

Unfortunately it wasn't enough for Bowling Club, with Mathew Tozer (2/10) and Luke Murphy (2/10) disposing of Cowra's lower order all out for 80.

Cowra Bowling Club Captain Alana Ryan said Grenfell got off to a flying start but Bowling Club managed to fight back.

"They had their opening batter scored a quick fifty... straight away changed the momentum," she said.

"Then Scotty Gray got him out and then, just from that, it changed the game.

"From one wicket falling, the rest seemed to come a lot quicker. It was a good fightback from Bowling Club but with the quick start from Grenfell, we were always on the back foot.

"They bowled quite well, I got out quite early and they seemed to be in control until Scotty (Gray) and Josh Chamberlain started to have a good partnership."

Despite the loss, Ryan says there are plenty of positives to take away from the season.

"I thought we did quite well throughout the season, just would have been nicer to finish on a better game but these things happen in semis and Grenfell just outplayed us," she said.

"I thought we were quite consistent and we had a very different team from last year's, with a lot of younger players joining us this year."

She said she looks forward to seeing younger players continue to develop their skills. 

"Matt Gault… he's been opening the bowling and batting for us so having him in the side is really important to us, he brings a lot to our team," she said.

"Just watching those junior players take the next step up, they've done a lot in our games already but just being more consistent and they can be real game changers for us in the future."