It may be a new season but Gosport Borough were guilty of making the same old mistakes as they slipped to a 75-run defeat at Hook & Newnham Basics II in Hampshire League division one.
Lee Harrop’s men got themselves into a winning position only to throw the game away through their own carelessness.
They won the toss and had their hosts in all sorts of trouble after putting them into bat.
There should have been no way back for Hook & Newnham after they were reduced to 97 for seven at the 20-over mark.
Borough, though, let them off the hook, allowing them to reach 199 off their 50 overs.
‘It was hugely disappointing,’ said Gosport captain Harrop.
‘We got careless after getting ourselves into a really strong position.
‘It was the same problem which got us relegated from the Southern Electric Premier League last season.
‘We still haven’t learned how to finish games off.
‘Hopefully this will provide us with the kick up the backside we need.’
New Zealander Andrew Tiddy took three for 52 on his debut and Richard Edwards picked up two for 37 as they put Borough in charge.
It continued to look good when 18-year old off-spinner Dale Patternotte was brought into the attack.
He started with three consecutive maidens and celebrated his debut with a wicket.
Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Borough.
‘We failed to see it through,’ said Harrop.
‘There were a couple of dropped catches and run out opportunities we didn’t take.
‘In this league you have to perform all the time and we didn’t do that.’
On a good pitch, Harrop felt the side possessed the battling ability to win the game.
However, once again they were guilty of pressing the self-destruct button.
‘All we needed to do was apply ourselves but again we came up short,’ said Harrop.
‘After a solid start we got lazy and gave wickets away through poor shots.
‘Then we found ourselves falling behind the run-rate and chasing the game.
‘We must learn to dig in and be far more resilient.’
Only Tiddy (25) and Tom Larner (23) provided some middle-order resistance but it was too little, too late.
Harrop was impressed with the performance of his new overseas player, though.
It looks like Tiddy will provide some crucial strength in all areas as Gosport adjust to life following last season’s relegation.
And Harrop is now looking for his side to up their game and ensure they can build a platform to have a good season.
He added: ‘There is no need to panic but we must show a bit more character and regain a winning mentality.
‘We can’t afford to fall asleep in games allowing them to drift away from us.
‘I am looking for a big all round improvement.’