Tom Coady again showed why he's one of the most exciting talents in the region on Sunday but there was little support from his teammates at the rain-affected Western Zone Colts tournament at Orange.
The Coady-captained Dubbo side had its match against the Chairman's XI on Saturday washed out before suffering a 25-run loss to the hosts on Sunday.
The limited chances and defeat makes it that little more difficult for players to push for Western Zone selection but Coady, a former Australian under 16s representative, is one player all but certain to play at January's Country Championships.
Coady made 50 on Sunday but it wasn't enough as Dubbo was knocked over for 119 in reply to Orange's total of 9/144.
"Credit to Tom Coady from Dubbo who batted really well, put his side in a potential winning position," victorious Orange coach Colin Starkey said.
"They just couldn't capitalise and kept losing wickets consistently through the innings. Our boys took all their catches and didn't give up in the field.
"Honestly, the intelligence of Blake Weymouth as Orange captain, his field positions were one of the things that won us the game."
Momentum swung in the match a number of times.
Orange won the toss and chose to bat but the hosts were reduced to 5/67 early on as Paddy Nelson (3/16), Tom Masonwells (3/34), and Campbell Watts (2/21) all applied the pressure.
But youngster Angus Cornish came in and steadied the ship for the hosts.
It may have only read 26 next to Cornish's name in the scorebook but it was vital for his side and helped Orange bat out their 40 overs.
"Dubbo bowled well, we lost a few quick wickets which put us under a bit of pressure," Starkey said.
"The field was a little bit slower than we anticipated but we set a competitive total.
"Angus, for 14 years old, batted 30-odd overs and just basically stabilised the innings for us and is a future talent to watch."
In reply, Dubbo also lost early wickets at the hands of Harry McGregor and Hugh Middleton.
But in a surprise to nobody, Coady brought his team back from the brink.
But he too would eventually fall to the bowling of Nelson Shepherd and with that brought a Dubbo batting collapse.
Darcy Chewings (15) and Anthony Atlee (12 not out) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as Dubbo lost 5/19 late on to suffer defeat on day two of the carnival for the second season running.
The other game on Sunday was a tight one between Bathurst and the Chairman's XI.
The Chairman's XI posted 174 but Bathurst got the job done, with Ethan Muller (45), Tom Siede (33) and Fletcher Norris (27) all chipping in.