FINDON Cricket Club captain James Iago said his side did not turn up at the races after a seven-wicket defeat to Middleton in the West Sussex area final of the National Village Cup on Sunday.
Findon had reached the national rounds of the competition last year, before exiting at the last 32 stage. However, after winning the toss and batting first on Sunday, Findon were all out for 143 and Middleton reached their target with 15 overs to spare.
Iago said: “Sunday’s game against Middleton proved to be very disappointing.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t turn up at the races, so to speak. My plan was to win the toss, bat, and put a decent score on the board and defend whatever we set.
“The first bit I did, the other two pieces to follow didn’t happen as we failed to score enough runs. Some individuals got starts but failed to capitalise.
“Daniel Bridson batted well to ensure we completed our 40 overs and put a total on the board – 143 was not enough runs but, nevertheless, I felt it was a total we could defend.
“They got off to a good start and never looked back. The better team won on the day. We must now focus on our league cricket and work hard to achieve positive results.”
Daniel Bridson top-scored with 30 in Findon’s innings as Brandon Hanley took 4-21. Hanley then hit 63 as Middleton progressed.