GROVES captain Martin Flanagan was left to rue a disappointing batting display from his side at Langley.
The defeat leaves the Ellesmere Port side still searching for their first win of the season in Division Three of the Meller Braggins League.
Langley had few difficulties in chasing down Groves’ 103ao. They won with 107-2.
Flanagan said: “On a ground the size of Langley’s you’ve got to be scoring at least 180 plus to be competitive and we have been a million miles away from that.
“Too many batsman played poor shots and we need to start valuing our wickets much more. We’re now bottom of the table and if we carry on like this we’ll start getting cut adrift.
“We don’t want to have the situation like last season where we have to work extra hard to turn things round in the second half to avoid relegation.”
With Vipul Jindal (hamstring) injured, the in-form Scott Devoy was drafted in on Saturday.
Flanagan (21) won the toss and decided to bat first on a strip that was damp in patches but generally OK.
The skipper opened up with Nathan Evans (11) and they got off to a brisk start, adding 36 for the first wicket.
But then the wickets began to fall and Groves dipped to 61-5.
Only Mike Caulfield (22) threatened to hang around as Groves were found themselves all out for a total barely into three figures.
A strong performances with the ball was needed if Groves were to have any chance of victory.
Damian Walters (2-19) bowled with gusto but his two wickets were as good as it got for the away side.
Andrew Little (29no) and Brenton Cook (64no) made light work of the rest of the run chase and got the required runs in less than 20 overs.
The Groves take on Disley at Chester Road this Saturday (1.30pm).