United Services paid for a lack of killer instinct as they lost at fellow division three promotion chasers Totton & Eling II.
Lee Carroll’s side had their hosts on the rack early in the contest, only to let them off the hook.
Services then compounded their problems with some abysmal batting as they slumped to an 87-run defeat.
‘It’s the first time this season that we have been rolled over,’ said Carroll.
‘After winning the toss we stuck them in and had them seven wickets down for 101.
‘We looked to get them out for around 125 but then allowed them to get away from us.
‘Even when they set us a target of 180, we would fancy our chances of reaching that every day.
‘Unfortunately everyone apart from Dom Carson in our top seven got themselves out.
‘It was all down to poor shot selection.
‘The result is massively disappointing because Totton & Eling are one of the sides up there with us.’
First-change bowler Reggie Marshall and Cody Henderson did the damage for US.
Henderson took two wickets in one over to put the hosts in trouble.
It looked plain sailing for Services when they grabbed another three wickets for no runs to leave Totton & Eling seven wickets down.
‘That is when we should have hammered home our advantage,’ said Carroll.
‘We weren’t clinical enough and maybe I kept the spinners on a bit too long.
‘Instead, their number seven batsmen came in and hit five or six massive sixes.
‘Our batting then was abysmal.’
Services badly missed opening bat Damian Carson.
He fractured three knuckles three weeks ago but Carroll is hoping to have his influential player back soon.
And Carson himself is aiming to be fit for the final three games of the season.
‘Damian has proved a big loss, though we have strength in depth to cope with it,’ said Carroll.
‘It will be a big bonus if we can get him back.’
With five games left, Carroll is convinced his team can still push for promotion.
There is little margin for error, however.
‘We have now lost three games and can’t afford any more slip-ups.’