MIKE BURROUGHS called on his Billingshurst batsman to win ugly after suffering a 50 run defeat to Middleton in Division 3 West if the Sussex Cricket League.
The middle order failed to fire as Billingshurst fell short in chasing down 191.
Middleton had to dig in at 8-3 after Andy Barr and Phil Erasmus had made early inroads, and Burroughs admits his side should learn to do the same.
He remarked: “We had a great chance to beat them but our batting let us down for the first time this season.
“I think we are two pretty well matched sides, just on the day they had more steel in their middle order. They also played the conditions better than we did, we were too cavalier with our stroke play whereas they ground out a score.
“We have lots of strokemakers in our side but could do with someone who will score the ugly runs.”
Sean Rebbetts and Brandon Hanley scored half centuries to put Middleton on course for 190-6, and although Scott Stratton (36) and Billy Harris (43) gave Billingshurst a solid foundation in the chase, a batting collapse followed.