THE efforts of skipper Kaden Dickfos could not carry the Gympie Gold to victory as they fell to the might of Caboolture Snakes for a third time last weekend.
Caboolture wrapped up an unprecedented fifth consecutive Sunshine Coast division one premiership on Saturday.
Unbeaten this season, the Snakes dismissed Gympie for 189 at John Blanck Oval, after setting the Gold 283, to add the two-day crown to their one-day title.
Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said they got off to a good start but lost a few early wickets and struggled to find their way back.
Dickfos said the Gold put themselves on the back foot on the very first day after being unable to make five crucial catches.
Just 15 minutes of play was lost to the weather, giving the Snakes an advantage to chip away at Gympie defence.
The Gold resumed at 4/77, needing a sound start from Kaden Dickfos and Josh Brady at the crease.
The pair was one off the half-century when the introduction of Matt Anderson brought a return catch from Brady at 22.
From the first break through the Snakes' grip tightened, with Troy Ashton trapped in front at 136, then a scoreless Max Carlton bowled by Toby Millyard to leave Gold 7/155 at lunch.
Dickfos was a man to be reckoned with at the weekend, rallying 83 runs to set a steady momentum for his team but felt the heat when partner Josh Brady hit a high flying ball that brought him undone.
Dickfos fell victim to Snakes bowlers, with Millyard breaching a tired defence, adding to his 5/89 with the ball in a courageous display. Gold gave themselves every chance until the final wicket as tail enders Ash Lawless and Travis Chandler were the semi-final partnership that bought Gympie's ticket to the final.
The inevitable end came as Anderson completed his own five to close the innings at 189. Caboolture batted again to be 3/58.
As for three time runner-up Gympie, Dickfos said:
"We're disappointed but at the same time we had a few new blokes this year and they'll be better for it."
The Gold will wait till next summer to have another title crack.