Horsham’s Premier League title ambitions are fading following an 89-run defeat away at Eastbourne on Saturday.
The Lions now sit fifth in the league, 65 points adrift of the leaders Preston Nomads with only four games to play, two of which are tough away trips to teams placed above them.
Electing to bowl first, Horsham were able to take wickets consistently, but not in a concentrated enough fashion to upset Eastbourne’s rhythm.
An exception to the rule was Eastbourne’s third-wicket partnership of Dominic Shepheard (55) and Callum Jackson (32), who put on 77 runs together.
Eastbourne batted out their 58 overs, finishing on 203-9, with Horsham’s Michael Munday taking 4-66.
At the crease, Horsham wilted, falling to 44-6 before glimpsing a fragment of hope when Thomas Haines (45) and Kamau Leverock (20) pieced together 45 runs for the seventh wicket.
After Leverock fell to a run-out, Travis Muller (11) also persisted with Haines, but the performances of Eastbourne’s David Twine (6-39) and Devang Patel (2-22) were too much for the visitors to cope with.
Horsham eventually slumped to 114 all out, with four of their batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.