Eastbourne Cricket Club are just three points above the Premier League drop zone after their seven-wicket loss at home to Brighton & Hove.
Mark Tomsett’s men have not won for six games now and are in danger of being relegated for the second time in four years.
Second-bottom Billingshurst are now breathing down their neck and have a game in hand on their rivals.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, skipper Tomsett was sent packing by Henry Turner having scored just one.
Callum Jackson went soon after for a duck and when Dominic Shepheard went for eight it looked ominous at 29-3.
Opener Dan Wells (77) stood firm but had to watch on as Brad Evans (2) was caught off the bowling of Matthew Wood.
Luke Tomsett (22) provided some resistance along with Ben Twine (24) and David Twine (34) and their 202 total looked like it migth take some chasing.
But Brighton made light work of it. Chris Grammer (61) and Lucas Barker (47) got them off to the perfect start as every batsman contributed a meaningful score.
Phillip Salt got to 39 before being run out by Matthew Cooke.
And it was left to Alasdair Wilson (17) and Sam Grant (21) to hit the winning runs.
Eastbourne managed just three wickets before the visitors comfortably chased down their total after only 38 overs.
Eastbourne travel to Bexhill in their next fixture on Saturday.