THE Groves lost their final nine wickets for just 42 runs on Saturday as they came up short against Disley.
The Ellesmere Port hosts, who had lost their previous four games in Division Three of the TACS Partnership Cheshire League, extended their unwanted record to five in a row.
On a sweltering day and on a belting wicket, Disley won the toss and batted first.
After posting 154 all out, they bowled Groves out for 116.
Skipper Mike Caulfield said: “It’s so disappointing as we worked so hard in difficult conditions, suited to batting, to restrict them to 154.
“We got off to a great start as well and were looking comfortable in chasing the total. We needed to show some stickability to take the pressure off but it just didn’t happen.
“We’ve lost five on the spin now and we’re back where we were four games in. Losing is a hard habit to break but we need to start stepping up and getting results.”
Disley found themselves on 0-2 after seven deliveries.
Damian Walters (4-30) had Jake Reynolds (0) caught at slip by Caulfield and Martin Flanagan (2-45) bowled Jackson Stewart (0) first ball.
Mike Garvey (4-48) also struck and Disley soon found themselves lurching on 52-7. But they were rescued by number seven Xan Woods, whose 87 lifted his side to a defendable total.
In reply, The Groves got off to a great start with Garvey (36) and Nick Brimble (22) looking in good touch.
But when they departed, The Groves imploded with only Caulfield (17), hampered by a back injury, halting the slide.
Groves travel to Pott Shrigley on Saturday.
Ellesmere Port fell to a heavy home loss to Wistaston in Division One of the Cheshire Alliance. They won the toss and batted first, only to be bowled out for just 68 (Nazir Khan 5-15). Wistaston got the runs for the loss of four wickets, meaning they pocketed 25 points to Port’s two.
Chris Gatrell’s men travel to Stalybridge St Paul’s on Saturday.
In Division Three, Capenhurst (79ao) lost at Wistaston Village 2nds (206ao).