GORING Cricket Club began their league season with a 41-run defeat against Bognor Regis on Saturday.
Goring, who were relegated from Division 2 last season, began the season well last week, with victory in the Twenty20 Gray-Nicolls Cup against division-higher Ansty.
They failed to follow up that impressive win, though, and Goring captain Alex Maynard felt some careless batting cost his side victory.
He said: “It was a real disappointment to lose the opening league game of the season.
“We performed really well against Ansty last time out and came into this with confidence.
“I think they probably got 30 more runs than they should have and, with some tighter bowling, we could have restricted them to less.
“However, at the change of innings we were happy with what we had to chase.
“We did not get off to the best of starts in reply but once we weathered the early storm, it looked good.
“However, in the end, a few wickets were given away after some poor shot selection and we struggled.
“I admit that the shot I played to get out was not the best and, as a batting unit, we need to improve our performances.
“It’s important that we pick up some points early on in this league campaign following the poor season we had last year.
“I’m hoping that the points will begin to be registered in the next few games.”
Goring won the toss and elected to field and that looked a good decision as Bognor openers Max Ashmore (five) and Mikey Harris (14) departed early on.
However, South African maestro Zayne Bux and bullish all-rounder Elliott Clarke staged a strong recovery, Bux made 60 and Clarke 69. Their departure saw Bognor stutter and, with young Joe Ashmore the next-highest scorer on 27, Bognor were all out for 201.
For Goring, left-arm spinner Aaron Wyatt was the pick of the attack and took five for 69.
In reply, the nippy Graham Bush snaffled two early wickets and with the ever-present Clarke taking two for 32, Bognor were in the hunt.
Joe Ashmore twirled his way to three for 23 to keep Bognor in contention but Goring skipper Maynard held up the assault.
His departure for 89 opened the door for Bush to return and he finished with four for 28 as Goring were bowled out for 160.
Goring travel to Glynde & Beddingham on Saturday.