Wisborough Green moved out of the Sussex League Division 4 relegation zone despite a seven-wicket defeat on Saturday.
Green went into their league clash with second-placed side Crawley three points adrift of Keymer & Hassocks in eight position.
However, they collected 11 points in their loss as Crawley chipped off their total of 214, while Keymer fell to a heavy defeat against Mayfield, to see Green move six points clear of danger and into seventh place.
Skipper Jamie Self said: “I was certainly happy with the performance this week, the guys could have given more in the field. If we had made 250 then who knows, but credit to Kunal Kapoor and Crawley, it wasn’t our day.
“We’ve taken 11 points from the game and that’s what we’ve got to keep looking at even when we may not be winning. There is still a lot of cricket to be played this season and certainly an exciting four weeks for the neutral. We can only keep working hard and fighting for our place in this division.”
Batting first after winning the toss, Wisborough got off to a poor start losing openers James Self (four) and Chris Francis (ten) cheaply.
Nick Baron then played a vital innings at number three to ensure his side posted a score of over 200. He was well supported by Jean Marshall and Tim Dodd who both made 30, while David Pleasants hit 21.
Baron was eventually dismissed 16 short of his century and in the end Green were all out for 214 in 43 overs. Harry Chaudary picked up 6-77.
Baron then followed up his fine batting showing by dismissing both Crawley openers to leave them in a spot of bother.
However, Kapoor (101) and Razwan Hussain (54*) ensured their side came out on top after reaching 218 for three in 49.3 overs.
Self added: “Not for the first time this season we lost early wickets and put ourselves in a hole. However, Nick (Baron) and Jean (Marshall) showed real application and brought us back into the game.
“Nick batted brilliantly for his 84 and it was a real shame he didn’t get to three figures. Despite getting what I thought was a good score of 214, I was disappointed that we were bowled out in 43 overs.
“Those 10 overs are the difference between 214 and 250, and then that could put us in a position to really put pressure on Crawley. As it was, they had 57 overs to chase 214 and we found it difficult to build the necessary pressure. That being said, I didn’t think we bowled badly but Kunal Kapoor produced the perfect innings to take them to victory.”
Wisborough travel to table-toppers Mayfield, who beat Keymer & Hassocks last time out, in the league on Saturday.
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