PORTSLADE Cricket Club were skittled out for just 87 as they slumped to their second league defeat of the season on Saturday.
After being put into bat by Crawley Eagles, they fell from 43 for three to 87 all out in just 28.3 overs.
David Wainwright top-scored with 43 from 86 balls, in an innings which included eight fours.
Paul Glover (12) and Tom Nickolson (11) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
Imran Mehboob blew away the Portslade batsmen as he ended the innings with eight wickets. His final figures were eight wickets for 40 runs in 14.3 overs. He was one of just three bowlers used by Crawley Eagles, as Anjum Zafer and Jibran Khan took one wicket each.
With such a low total to defend, Portslade knew that they needed early wickets to have any chance of an unlikely success.
Andrew Mamoany mananged to dismiss opener Azam Riyard for 11, which left Eagles 11-1.
However, Tayyab Mahmood (22) and Khan (27) made good enough contributions to ensure their side got over the winning line with four wickets remaining.
They ended the innings on 88 for six in 23 overs. Glover took two for 17 from four overs for Portslade.
Skipper Glover felt his side’s batting let them down and said: “The showing with the bat was not good enough, really.
“David Wainwright batted well and was the last wicket to fall after opening.
“But I think some of the shots that the other batsmen played were not acceptable.
“When you see an opener go all the way through, you hope at least one other batsman will knuckle down and form a partnership with them but that was not the case.
“A pleasing aspect for me, however, was the bowling performance.
“We have done really well when fielding this season and to get them six down chasing 87 was a good effort.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t get another 30 or 40 runs with the bat because I think it would have been interesting.
“We managed to win a game earlier in the year at Chichester with a score in the region of 130, so who knows what could have happened.
“We will make a couple of changes to the team for this Saturday’s game. A couple of players from the second team scored runs, so they could come into the side.”
Portslade travel to Goring on Saturday.
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