ELLESMERE Port fell just 14 runs short of recording their first Cheshire Alliance win of the season on Saturday.
They were all out for 136 in reply to the 150-8 posted by table-topping visitors Wistaston Village.
Skipper Gareth Boys was left to rue his team’s poor batting display.
He said: “We should have won really. We had outstanding bowling and fielding, with the four bowlers playing well.
“When we started batting it just went downhill, with the lads getting downhearted. They just seemed to flop.”
Boys felt his batsmen should have taken a more patient approach.
“We need to reel ourselves in a bit and take more time with a little bit more application, rather than trying to get through it as quick as possible,” he said.
“We are not out of our depth by no means.”
Ellesmere Port were promoted to Division One of the Cheshire Alliance last summer as champions of Division Two.
But despite some encouraging displays, they have been beaten in their first four games of the season.
Port are away to Appleton this Saturday.