Salesbury skipper Steve Brown feels his side let a big opportunity pass through their hands on Saturday.
The Red Caps restricted Cherry Tree to 134-9 in their 45 overs, but were then dismissed for 115 in reply in 28 overs, having looked strong favourites for the win, as Tree’s South African Ruan Sadler took 6-54.
As it was, Cherry Tree leapfrogged Earby and now lead Section B by four points, with Salesbury fourth - 18 points behind Earby in the second promotion slot.
Victory over Cherry Tree would have put Salesbury slap bang in the promotion hunt, but Brown is hopeful a successful weekend might just do that anyway, with home games against bottom side Brooksbottom on Saturday, and next-bottom Padiham the visitors to Ribchester Road on Sunday.
He said: “Saturday was extremely disappointing, we were 90-odd for three, and fell to 99-9.
“We totally lost the plot and bottled it.
“It wasn’t good, especially against Cherry Tree as it would have been a big win for us, and we could have clawed back some points on them.
“But we have to go again now this weekend - if we get 20-odd points on the board, and try and string a run together, we could be back in it.”
Brown is a fan of the new league structure, with the divisions now split, and relegation and promotion to play for: “I think it’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s certainly made it more interesting.
“Saturday’s game would have had both teams with nothing to play for, but instead it was a top of the table clash.
“But Padiham and Brooksbottom will have nothing to play for this weekend, and could be dangerous.”