Jack Paskins admits he has a big battle on his hands keeping Locks Heath in Hampshire League division one after opening the campaign with four defeats.
The Heath skipper struck 111 not out on Saturday but could not prevent a four-wicket loss against Ventnor II.
He shared a 160-run second wicket partnership with Moshin Sabin (90 not out) as his side posted 261 for two.
And it looked as though Paskins would be rewarded with a first win when his opening bowlers reduced the visitors to 10 for two.
However, Henry Bartlett (63) guided the Isle of Wight outfit home to victory.
‘Having lost a number of our seasoned players, our target has to be to survive,’ said Paskins.
‘There are a number of good youngsters coming through but they need a little bit of time.
‘We know we need to start winning a few games.’
Sarisbury Athletic II slipped to their first defeat as they went down by 59 runs to Hook & Newnham Basics – despite the efforts of Dan Clouting (78 not out) and Sam Floyd (46).
The hosts were chasing 258 for six but once the main partnership was broken the run-rate proved too much.
‘We didn’t play well and let them score 30 too many,’ said Sarisbury captain Jon Floyd.
Burridge II’s promotion ambitions were dented by a second successive defeat – this time a three-wicket loss to Portchester.
Life in division one continues to be a struggle for Hayling Island, who remain winless after 131-run home reverse against Shrewton.
Jack Davies (55) and Tom Benfield (52) were the pick of the Portsmouth & Southsea batsmen in their 60-run defeat by Ryde.
In division two, Bedhampton Mariners notched a two-wicket triumph at Longparish.
Unbeaten pair Bishop’s Waltham and Petersfield continue to set the pace at the top with hard fought wins, though.
Andy Wakeley (53) and Sam Medhurst (57) led the way as Bishop’s Waltham won by 30 runs at Rowledge II.
Damian Carson (six for 20) did the damage as Old Basing were bowled out for 159 in Petersfield’s 24-run success.
Amport inflicted a first defeat of the season on United Services.
The visitors claimed a five-wicket win at Burnaby Road.
Matt Rodgers (92 not out) and Sam Mallinson (59) helped Services post 237 for six.
But it wasn’t enough to seal success as the home bowlers struggled to take wickets.