Billingshurst captain Stuart Barber blasted an indisciplined fielding display which cost them a 27-run defeat in their Twenty20 game at Brighton & Hove.
With heavy rain for the first two hours on the coast, their Premier Division clash was cut to a 20-over a side game, which worked in Brighton’s favour.
Having previously won the toss for the 110-over game, Barber lost the second for the T20 match, the first in a line of set-backs.
Brighton set about making 131-8 in their 20 overs, as Henry Hunt top scored with 27 and Bryce Hounsome and Jack Chopping made 22.
In reply, Mike Burroughs shone with 40 from 40 balls, while only Scott Stratton (17) made double figures as Hurst crashed from 90-5 to 104 all out in the final over.
Barber said: “It certainly did not work in our favour, unfortunately it was not a good day, again. Unfortunately, nothing really went our way. It was hammering it down and there were thunderstorms so we lost a couple of hours.
“We bowled pretty well, but fielded not so well. There was no discipline and we just weren’t getting behind anything. They were allowed to run twos instead of ones more often that not.
“They probably got 25 runs too many down to our ill-discipline, which is far too many in T20 format. You cannot blame luck and bad decisions as we were so poor in the field, we looked like we didn’t care.
“That is not what you want and I gave them a bit of a roasting after the game as it was not acceptable.
“I was expecting to chase 131, but they bowled really well and did exactly what we didn’t do in the field; throwing themselves at everything, stopping boundaries and lots of stopping two runs.
“It was a real shame. If it was a 110-over game I fancied our chances, we had a really good side out and knew their bowling attack wasn’t great.”
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