CURTIS HOWELL claimed a hat-trick as Findon Cricket Club recorded a comprehensive victory over Ifield on Saturday.
The Findon seamer was the star of the show and took remarkable figures of seven for nine from seven overs – the third best figures recorded in the Sussex League this year.
Howell’s impressive performance saw Ifield reduced to 13 for eight at one stage, before they were eventually all out for 58 in reply to Findon’s 214 for nine from 53 overs.
The victory moved Findon up to third in Sussex League Division 2, with their third win from four matches.
Findon skipper Bradley Bridson was delighted with his side’s latest success and said: “It was unbelievable, really, and it felt like a wicket was falling nearly every ball at one stage.
“James Iago bowled really well, although he only got the one wicket in the end but he gets wickets every week.
“I could not quite believe what was going on when Curtis came on to bowl.
“He picked up a hat-trick and then ended the innings with figures of seven for nine, which was remarkable, really.
“They had a little partnership at the end to get them over 50 but, all in all, it was a really pleasing performance.
“Myself and John Rogers batted really well at the top.
“It was a slow deck but once the ball began to come on to the bat it was a lot easier.
“We got off to a really good start but they pulled us back with the spinners towards the end of the innings.
“Mickey Demetriou then hit 30 from 30 balls on his return to get us over 200 in the end.
“I was happy at the halfway stage and, once you post a score of over 200 at Findon, you will be unlucky to lose a game.”
Findon began well with the bat as Bridson (54) and Rogers (65) put on 119 for the opening wicket.
Rogers’ dismissal sparked a mini collapse as Findon slipped to 144 for five.
The returning Demetriou, who helped Shrewsbury Town Football Club win promotion from League Two last season, made 30 from as many balls and James Iago hit 27 to help their side post 214 for nine from 53 overs.
Findon then produced a fantastic bowling display.
Howell was at the centre of it and, with the score on ten, he dismissed Sam Dorrington, Joe Cooke and Jack Groves in successive balls to take a hat-trick.
Ifield continued to struggle and found themselves 13 for eight after seven wickets fell for just three runs.
Pratik Patel and Graeme Dean put on 36 for the ninth wicket, before Manser bowled Patel for 14.
Sam Mannings then dismissed Dean for 18 as Ifield were all out for 58 in 26.1 overs.