Interestingly-poised derby falls victim to the weather

W31111H13 Findon v Goring. Pictured batting is Findon's Andrew Crosland.
W31111H13 Findon v Goring. Pictured batting is Findon's Andrew Crosland.

A PROMISING and interestingly-poised derby was ruined by the weather at Long Furlong on Saturday.

Second-placed Goring were looking for revenge on hosts Findon, who inflicted their title-chasing rivals’ only home defeat of the season back in May, but things were rained off at the halfway stage.

Both captains were looking forward to the second innings and expected a close finish after Findon had posted 175-7 in their reduced-over innings.

After losing the toss, Findon’s openers Bradley Bridson (78) and John Rogers (28) put on an opening stand of 50. From their five other batsmen which were required, only Jack Metters (11) and Toby Kingsbury (22 not out) made double figures in 48 overs after they had come off for an hour and 30 minutes, owing to the rain.

With an early tea taken, just as the sides were about to return for the second innings the heavens opened again and the weather set in, putting an end to proceedings.

Goring captain Ben Cartwright said: “Frustrating was probably the word for it, obviously the forecast was not great going into it, so we knew there was a chance of rain.

“We were thinking we could get the runs and they were probably thinking they could have got us out.”

Findon skipper James Iago said: “It was a disappointing end to what would have been a good game.”

Full report, reaction and pictures in this week’s paper.