'LOSING' isn't a word which has appeared in the Bathurst under 12s cricket team dictionary for a long time but its reappearance marks a chance for the team to learn from mistakes.
Bathurst were dealt a hefty blow from Orange during Sunday's Mitchell Cricket Council contest at Brooke Moore Oval, going down by 129 runs in their first of the season.
Orange's Oliver Brincat starred with a century as he took the visitors to 8-184 from their 50 overs.
Bathurst's chase never really found momentum as they were all out for 55, giving the green and golds a big lesson in valuing their wicket.
There was no doubt confidence in the Bathurst camp after their big wins against Blue Mountains and Mudgee to start the season but a lack of batting time in those games for the middle and lower order was telling on Sunday.
"We had a couple of players out over the weekend and we had a debutant come in, who played really well, but it was just the little things which let us down. These kids are young and hopefully they can learn from that," Bathurst coach Matt Stephen said.
"We turn around and play Orange against this Sunday and I think it's good that we can get back up there and take on the better players. When you play these better teams you learn and get better yourself."
Bathurst made inroads against the Orange top and middle order, with Blayde Burke removing Toby Middleton for 17 and Cooper Stephen taking little time to dismiss Taj Jordan (1) and Will Cornish (0).
The problem was that Orange's number three Brincat continued to go on with the job.
Atfer surviving a couple of early LBW scares Brincat played an almost chance-less innings on his way to 100.
His big day in the middle was finally ended with a caught and bowled effort from Lachie Munns.
Stephen led the way with the ball with his figures of 2-9 off eight overs, which included four maidens.
"You take the century out and it's a different ball game, but in saying that he batted really well," Matt Stephen said.
"He ran well between the wickets and hit 99 per cent of his balls along the ground.
"I still thought we bowled quite well and we had them at 3-25. There were a couple of partners who dug in for Orange and that allowed Olly to continue batting the way he was.
"We conceded too many extras and maybe let ourselves down in the field but with the bat we just weren't respecting our wicket enough."