Poor shot selection sees Findon skittled

W23801H13 ''Findon v Middleton Cricket action from the game Kingsbury Batting
W23801H13 ''Findon v Middleton Cricket action from the game Kingsbury Batting

FINDON Cricket Club captain James Iago was left to bemoan poor shot selection as his side crashed to a six-wicket defeat at home to Middleton on Saturday.

Iago himself was the only Findon player to make double figures after they had lost the toss and been inserted.

Brandon Hanley and Tommy Davis did the main damage with the ball, ripping through the hosts line-up.

They claimed four wickets each for the expense of just 17 and 14 runs, respectively.

Their early damage had reduced Findon to 21-7 as Jack Metters, Andrew Crosland and Graham Manser all went for ducks.

Iago’s 24 helped them to 51 all out after 24 overs, as Harry Metters also went for zero and Curtis Howell finished unbeaten on one run.

Adam Rawstrone finished off the Findon tail and recorded figures of 2-15.

Iago said: “It was a very disappointing performance having performed so well last week. I had extremely high expectations and felt we were going into the game with plenty of confidence.

“We had our first full-strength side of the year, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t put it to use.

“Middleton won the toss and decided to bowl, which would have been my choice had I won it.

“It was never going to be easy to score on what was a soft pitch. It was a particularly slow Findon pitch but by no means was it a bad one.

“Unfortunately, our shot selection was poor and, with a bit of bad luck on the way, led to our demise. I can only hope that we don’t see that again this season.”

Despite giving themselves little to defend, Findon made some early inroads with the ball.

Manser (2-16) dismissed both openers, Ben Hansford (five) and Will Burrows (two) with just 11 on the scoreboard.

Toby Kingsbury (1-17) then bowled Rob Willway for nine, but fourth-man in Ed Towner, had already started to do the damage.

Harry Metters (1-8) did trap Jamie Thomspon (eight) for lbw, but Towner (21 not out) and Patrick Colvin (eight not out) got Middleton home after just 17.1 overs.

Iago added: “We need to put it behind us and move on to next week’s game at St James. Let’s just say it was a bad day at the office.”