Warwickshire captain Nick Knight admitted his side had been second best in the final of the Twenty20 Cup against Surrey at Trent Bridge.
The Bears struggled to a total of 115 as they were pegged back by a brilliant display of seam bowling from James Ormond, whose figures of 4-11 earned him the Man of the Match award.
And an explosive opening century partnership between Ian Ward and Ali Brown completed a nine-wicket rout.
"It has been a great journey for us but this was a game too far," said Knight, whose side qualified for finals day as the best runners-up from the zonal groups.
He was leading the side after club captain Michael Powell decided to leave himself out after playing no part in the previous phase of the competition because of injury.
But Knight's decision to bat first in the final backfired as the Surrey seamers, especially Ormond, found disconcerting lift and movement off the pitch.
"Maybe we didn't appreciate the conditions at the start but I thought Jimmy's spell was awesome. He had the conditions there and he exploited them," he said..
Knight insisted there were positives Warwickshire could take out of the day.with veteran Trevor Penney, in particular, doing his bit with scores of 43 not out and 33.
"We have done well in this competition. It has got us believing in ourselves again. We probably got further than we thought when we first started."
"We've really enjoyed the day - the whole occasion was fantastic and very good for cricket," Knight added.