FINDON Cricket Club captain James Iago admitted his side only had themselves to blame as they failed to build on a promising start as their batting let them down against Eastbourne on Saturday.
The silver lining was 12 points for the home side, although at the halfway stage, things were looking a lot brighter than the outcome of a 39-run defeat.
After some early morning rain and having won the toss, Iago inserted the visitors, who started well.
They had 50 on the board before Iago got the first wicket, and he finished with an impressive 5-71 from 24 overs. Left-arm spinner Harry Metters claimed 3-82 off 22 overs and Curtis Howell took the other two wickets to fall.
Eastbourne’s opening batsman Toby Finzel top-scored with 44, ably assisted by Lewis Hammett’s unbeaten 43 as they amassed 188 all out.
Iago said: “Their opening pair looked decent and they got off to a bit of a flyer, fortunately we stuck to bowling good areas and got our rewards.
“They appeared to get a little frustrated and bogged down and continued to play their shots right the way through the innings. It’s never easy to score quickly at Findon and I don’t think they were used to playing on such a pitch.
“Harry Metters bowled very well for his three wickets, putting the ball in good areas and always asked questions of the batsmen. And it was very promising to see Cutis Howell come on for a short spell and clean the tail up.
“Unfortunately, our batting let us down again. Ultimately, the pitch played well and we only have ourselves to blame for not going on to win the game. We managed to put two or three good partnerships together but lost wickets at vital times.
“It was good to see Jack Metters get a few runs and spend some time at the crease as he has had very little opportunity to net over the winter. Graham Manser also batted very well for his 34 not out.”
Jack Metters top-scored with 37 in Findon’s innings as wickets fell fairly regularly as Stuart Pulford (4-35) and Tomsett (4-39) did the damage with the ball for Eastbourne.
Iago added: “Overall, it’s very disappointing to lose the game but there were certainly some very positive signs.
“We came away with 12 points, which is by no means a disaster.
“We can carry many positives into this week’s game and will be keen to get that first win under our belts.”
Findon travel to Crowhurst Park on Saturday.