Market Rasen CC dropped into the relegation places for the first time this season as they lost their penultimate match to Lincs ECB Premier League title challengers Sleaford.
Winning the toss, Sleaford captain Olly Burford put the pressure on the away side to set a total, and Rasen once again started badly, slumping to 18-3 within 10 overs.
They required a middle order stand to rescue the game, and this came from the family partnership of Liam and Charlie Scales with initial support from Matt Rutherford.
Both batsmen looked in fine form and managed to contribute 89 runs as Rasen were bowled out for 146 in the 49th over.
Setting a score of less than 150 against a side boasting former New Zealand Test international Tim MacIntosh didn’t bode well for the visitors.
As ever, Rasen attacked hard in the early exchanges and found rewards as both Fussey and Penniston claimed early wickets to reduce Sleaford to 17-2 in five overs.
Fussey continued his excellent bowling form this season, and having struck in the very first over will feel unlucky not to have claimed more wickets.
MacIntosh, who has passed 1,000 runs this season, and Mountain quickly built the reply and by the time the third wicket had fallen Sleaford had reached 139.
Mountain unleashed some massive shots over the square leg boundary and found the windscreen and bonnet of two cars in successive overs.
Fussey dived full-length over the boundary to acrobatically slap a ball back into play which looked destined to clear the ropes, but Rasen finished the game with only two points.
They were leapfrogged by Grimsby Town who have taken 40 points from their last two games and now need only seven points to condemn Rasen to the drop.
Rasen face Skegness on Saturday, starting at noon, with 20 points and survival at stake.