This week the 1st and 2nd XI were both victorious against Sidley 1st and 2nd XI. In the process the 1st XI secured a place in Sussex Division 2 for next season as they ended up finishing 6th with 6 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats. The 2nd XI finished in 7th position with 3 wins, 2 draws and 8 defeats.The under 18s were well beaten by a strong Three Bridges side on Sunday to stop the champions from regaining their trophy.
The 1st XI lost the toss and the opposition elected to bat. On a decent wicket and extremely quick outfield Sidley racked up a big score of 289-6. Sidley were 286-3 before Findon picked up what could have been a crucial additional 4 points with 3 late wickets. After the first innings Findon had picked up 6 points. After hearing Goring were likely to win and not hearing any news on the Haywards Heath game, Findon went out to be knowing they may need to win in order to stay up. After around 1o overs good news came through that Haywards Heath were bowled out for 88 and they were likely to pick up only a few points.
Findon started well with an opening partnership of 94 before Jack Metters (45) was given out LBW. Findon then carried on performing with the bat. Bradley Bridson then gave away a good chance of a century as he was run out on 86. Findon then knew they had done enough to stay up as they passed 200 when Toby Kingsbury and Glen Bridson pushed on the scoring. Toby (39) was then caught on the boundary by a guy who seemed not to be watching the game. Glen was then stumped after scoring 58 off just 33 balls with the score on 241. Graham Manser scored an unbeaten 37 and himself and Daniel Bridson (9*) brought the game home with 8 balls to spare. Scorecard >>> http://findon.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11362139
The 2nd XI also lost the toss and bowled first. Sidley 2nd XI scored 140 all out on a much less batsman friendly wicket as the wickets were shared around as all bowlers bowled tightly. Mark Judges picked up 3 wickets, Sam Dunkley 2 and Matt Spokes 2. Findon then chased the total down with ease as former 1st XI opening bowler turned number 3 batsman Tom Blake hit 75 not out.Curtis Howell scored 24 and Simon Legge scored 26 not out as Findon won by 8 wickets. Scorecard >>> http://findon.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11362345
The Under 18s were knocked out in a 30 over game at the Long Furlong against an extremely strong Three Bridges side. Three Bridges had around 4/5 regular 1st XI players in there line up. Findon were positive as they won the toss and elected to bat first. Findon were aiming for around 140 however started slowly. Findon lost the ky wicket of Glen Bridson with the score being around 30-2 off 10 overs. Harry Metters and Alex Norman then batted well setting a solid platform to try and up the scoring rate. Findon were 63-2 off 18 overs. Alex Norman was caught for 25 before folllowing batsman found it difficult to up the rate as the bowling was very tight. Wickets started to fall and Harry Metters was unfortunately run out for 55 with 2 overs to go. Findon managed to score 123-7 of here 30 overs
Findon then started fortunately as Ryan Meighan stuck with his first ball as there opening batsman hit a full toss straight in the air. Findon then missed a couple of chances to catch out there big hitting opening batsman with proved to be costly as he hit 50 of around 40 balls taking the game away from Findon. Sam Dunkley, Alex Norman and Curtis Howell bowled very well in containing there batsman however runs were leaked too easily from the other bowlers. Three Bridges then chased down the total in around 22 overs with 7 wickets remaining. Overall it was a good effort from the side to reach the semi finals and were not good enough to make it through to the final.