STEYNING Cricket Club slipped to a 88-run defeat when they got their Sussex League Division 3 campaign underway on Saturday.
Steyning, who won Division 4 last season, struggled with the bat against Burgess Hill as they were all out for 101.
Steyning vice-captain Ben Shelford said: “It was a really disappointing opening to the season for us.
“At the halfway stage, we felt that we were in with a great chance having to chase just 190.
“The whole team felt that 220 was the par score on a decent wicket and quite a dry outfield.
“I can have no complaints about the way that we bowled. Stephen Chimhamhiwa was excellent and deserved his two wickets.
“Andy Isaacs was also superb and picked up a five wicket-haul.
“The problem for us was the batting, though. I think a few of the batsmen went into the innings with a T20 mindset and wanted to knock the runs off quickly.
“We should have made sure that we built from the beginning and chased down the target.
“That was not the case, though, and we fell a long way short in the end.”
Steyning lost the toss and were put into the field.
They began well as they quickly removed openers Luke Vick (two) and Tom Trowbridge (four) to reduce Burgess Hill to 9-2.
Steyning continued to make inroads and reduced Burgess Hill to 116 for six.
The game then began to swing in the visitors’ favour after Dan Yates was dropped on six. He made Steyning pay as he ended the innings on 53 not out and Burgess Hill finished their 53 overs on 189 for nine.
Left-arm spinner Isaacs was the star man with the ball for Steyning as he ended with figures of five for 32 in 16 overs.
Hywel Jones and Chimhamhiwa both claimed two wickets.
Jones then got his side off to a quick start in their reply as he hit 18 from 17 balls before he was dismissed with the score on 20.
Oliver Collins (11) and Shelford (19) were removed cheaply as Steyning fell to 65 for three.
Gary Hunt tried his best to steady the innings but wickets continually fell around him. Hunt was the last man out for 36 as Steyning were dismissed for 101 in 37.1 overs.
Karl Boffey was a thorn in Steyning’s side with the ball and he picked up five for 22 in eight overs.
Yates followed up his fine showing with the bat and took two wickets.
Steyning travel to Portslade, who were promoted with them from Division 4 last season, on Saturday.