KENILWORTH hosted their first Sunday match of the season and lost by seven wickets to Houghton & Wyton in a 40-over friendly.
Home captain Sam Leach opted to bat first after winning the toss.
The opening pair of Jorjeet Singh and the experienced Ant Kerry put on 33 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled for 22.
Kerry departed the same way soon after for 13.
Young Elliott Sorrell continued his good start to the new season, along with Danny Boneham, who made 19, as the pair put on 38 for the third wicket.
But from 94-3 after 22 overs, Kenilworth lost there way and slipped to 115-7 when Sorrell was out for 37.
Eventually the home side were bowled out for just 128 in the 38th.
Visitors Houghton and Wyton made a steady start to their reply as the home sides bowlers struggled to find the right lines and lengths.
When the skipper chose to see if spin could make any inroads into the visitors batting lineup, that did the trick, as Singh struck the first blow.
Singh finished with an economic 1-14 off his eight overs and was replaced by fellow spinner Darius Potten-Ravenshad.
He took two quick wickets and finished with 2-24 off six overs.
But Houghton ended on 129-3 to claim victory with ten overs to spare.