Henfield began their season in Division 4 with a 64-run loss away to last year’s reprieved side Crawley in Southgate Park.
Paul Clifford did the damage for the home side, who finished second bottom last season, as he opened the innings with a top score of 53 after they won the toss and opted to bat, going on to make 161 in 44 overs.
Clifford then took 3-17 to help dismiss Henfield cheaply for just 97 in the 35th over. Henfield skipper Adam Scott opening for his side received little support as the wickets fell around him.
He went on to score 30, but the only support came from Craig Scott, who, batting at six made 26.
Adam Scott said: “We thought 161 would have been chase-able even on a tricky pitch for batting.
“We bowled fairly well to restrict them with only one batsman really getting started even though we did drop him when he was in single figures.
“With 56 overs to chase the total there was plenty of time, but wickets fell regularly to soft dismissals, lack of patience and poor shot selection. It was a real shame as Crawley are one of the teams we would expect to beat so we are looking for a stronger performance next week.”
Henfield host Stirlands on Saturday.
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