ELLESMERE Port were left ruing a collective display of poor shot selection at home to Bunbury on Saturday as they suffered a crushing nine-wicket defeat.
Captain Phil Ashton said: 'It was a very, very poor batting performance. We were on the wrong end of seven catches, which shows we had the ball up in the air far too often. In similar fashion to last season, we've had an initially good start to the campaign followed by the wheels falling off again.
'After the game, we all had a really good chat for about half an hour and sometimes you need a really big defeat to bring these things out. I can't fault our lads' commitment and it's quite difficult to see what we need to do to put things right. We've got four away games on the bounce now and need to return to form quickly.'
Port won the toss and batted with Ashton making 11 before being caught by Camber off R Harris (6-34).
The hosts' woe continued with John Cheeseborough (4) caught by Lamb off Harris and Roberts bowled by Matthews (3-10) for a duck.
Dom Green hit 13 before being caught by McBennett off Harris while Sayers (4) was trapped lbw by Matthews.
Stu Daniels failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Entwhistle off Harris, while a spirited Gareth Boys (21) was caught by Swinbrook off Matthews.
Betteridge (2) was caught by Winter off Roberts (1-28) while the returning Steve Dorrington struck 15 before being caught and bowled by Harris.
Rowlands' (0) dismissal by Harris ensured Port were bowled out for 84 in just 34 overs.
In reply, Bunbury knocked off their victory target with just one man down as Lamb (39), who had been dropped third ball, was caught by Daniels off Andy Sayers (1-13).
Swinbank (30no) and Entwhistle (7no) lasted the course to steer the visitors to victory.
Ellesmere Port 3pts, Bunbury 20pts.