PARRAMATTA ended a disappointing first-grade cricket season with a loss, but that isn't the news.
The news is that the seconds have won the minor premiership in a canter by 10 points and the fifths are also in the finals.
And Parramatta set themselves a target of building for the future by making the top six in the club championship and that's were they've finished — sixth.
The seconds will play Sydney University at Old Kings Oval this Saturday and Sunday and the fourths St George at Harold Fraser Reserve.
The seconds warmed up for their finals tilt with a comprehensive win over Sutherland, earning a bonus point.
Parramatta declared at 9/183 and it was a target Sutherland never approached, being dismissed for 98.
Jared Forbes claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season and Luke McNaught topped 50 wickets for 2012/13.
The fifths tuned up for their finals campaign by overtaking Sutherland's 8/212 for the loss of six wickets.
The firsts limped to the end of their season, reaching 129 in reply to Sutherland's 7/228 but it wasn't all gloom and doom.
The clear highlight was making the limited-overs semi-finals, but then there were Daniel Jackson's and Michael Stretton's contributions.
Evergreen opening bowler Jackson took 47 wickets and rising star, wicketkeeper Stretton scored 629 runs and made 26 dismissals.