FINDON Cricket Club’s eight-game winning run in Sussex League Division 3 West came to an end on Saturday when they lost to Billingshurst – who also beat them on the opening day of the season.
Those defeats are the only time that Findon have failed to win in the league this season in their 10 matches and they still sit 61 points clear at the top, ahead of their match at second-placed Bognor Regis on Saturday.
After Billingshurst had won the toss, Findon bowled them out for 211 in 47.2 overs with Mickey Demetriou taking 6-70.
Findon were then all out for 160 and Findon skipper Barry Meaney said: “All good things must come to an end and we’d been on a really good run.
“I said to the boys at the end of the game that as much as you want to, you can’t win every game.
“Billingshurst are a good outfit and we’ll take the result on the chin.
“It was a belter of a track and we were fairly happy to be chasing 211 but they bowled very well, especially Phillip Erasmus.
“We didn’t do an awful lot wrong and a sign of a good team is how you bounce back after you lose.
“We’re obviously disappointed but we’ve now got a massive game against Bognor.
“We’re still in a good position but the gap can soon change, so we’ve got to make sure we keep focusing on what we have been doing.”
Findon reduced Billingshurst to 93-4 on Saturday before Pete Burroughs and Toby Loxley put on 83 for the fifth wicket.
Burroughs fell for 56 but Loxley, who only gave one chance when on 17, went on to smash 72 from just 47 balls, with seven fours and four sixes, before he was ninth man out with the score on 211 to become Demetriou’s fifth wicket.
Alexander Lowther, the No 11, followed the next ball, bowled by Demetriou, who finished with 6-70 off 13.2 overs.
Findon lost Jack Metters, who started the day as the league’s leading run scorer, with the score on 14 and Andrew Crosland followed for a duck with no addition to the score.
Bradley Bridson and Felix Jordan added 52 for the third wicket before Bridson fell for 42. He moved on to 439 runs for the season with his innings and overtook Metters as the league’s leading scorer.
Meaney was out shortly after Bridson and wickets then continued to fall fairly steadily. When Jordan was the eighth man out with the score on 142, for 50, run out attempting a second run, Findon’s hopes of victory were all but over and Billingshurst wrapped up their second victory of the season over Findon with 16 balls to spare.
Erasmus and Andrew Wellfare both took four wickets each.