FINDON Cricket Club captain James Iago is hailing a perfect storm which has arrived as the Long Furlong club’s fine form has blown the promotion battle wide open.
With two games left in the Division 2 season, Findon closed the gap on second-placed Goring to 11 points and third-place Bexhill to ten with their third straight win on Saturday.
Iago picked up a hat-trick as they thrashed lowly Pulborough by 114 runs in a rain-dogged match.
Findon posted 207-6 declared after losing the toss as Alasdair Wilson top-scored with 88, before Iago picked up figures of 6-38 in an inspired bowling display to skittle their hosts out for 93.
He said: “It was another great team performance with some excellent individual performances. What was extremely pleasing to see was the high quality-fielding performance, we took some exceptional catches on the way to a well-deserved victory.
“The perfect storm that I spoke about a few weeks ago seems to have arrived.”
But things did not start off too well, and Iago said: “This was probably the most important toss of the season for me to win, unfortunately I lost it and we were put into bat on what looked a very green pitch.
“The plan was to score 200 as quickly as possible, declare and bowl them out before the rain came. Again, we batted extremely well, accumulating runs quickly while losing few wickets. Bradley scored a fourth successive half-century and batted extremely well, he has come into some good form at a very important time.
“Alasdair Wilson scored an extremely impressive 88, he has been a great addition to the side and one I am very keen to keep hold of for next season.
“The rain came and we managed to get to 200 off 46 overs. As the rain stopped, we had just finished tea, so it all seemed to be going well. We then reduced Pulborough to not very many for five, I managed to pull off a hat-trick which is always very pleasing.
“Unfortunately, the rain returned and I thought that was going to be that. But again the rain stopped and we managed to get back out there and continued to take wickets on a regular basis.”
Bradley Bridson (53) and Wilson put on a second-wicket stand of 106 for Findon, while Jack Metters hit 13 and Andrew Crosland an unbeaten 36 in their innings.
Iago’s hat-trick saw the hosts reduced to 11-4, and wickets continued to fall, to 47-9, before a late 36 from Luke Burrows and 19 not out from Lee Callagan frustrated Findon and boosted them to 93 when Harry Metters claimed the final wicket.