AN UNBROKEN 131-run partnership between Toby Kingsbury and Glen Bridson guided Findon Cricket Club to a seven-wicket win at home to Chichester on Saturday.
Chichester, who were relegated from the Premier Division last year, scored 193-6 from their 53 overs after winning the toss.
Findon reduced their visitors to 17-2, before Michael Corrigan and Simon Hasted put on 87 for the third wicket.
After Corrigan fell for 46, Hasted added 83 for the fourth wicket with George Stephens (33 not out), before he fell eight runs short of a century.
Two more quick wickets then fell, with Findon skipper James Iago and Curtis Howell both claiming two wickets each in Chichester’s innings.
Findon lost their first wicket with the score on 28, when Bradley Bridson was out for 14, before Jack Metters was bowled by Daniel Faulkner for 31 with the score on 62.
Felix Jordan fell for one with just one run added to the score, before Kingsbury and Glen Bridson took Findon to victory.
Kingsbury struck eight fours and three sixes as he hit 81 not out from 82 balls and Bridson smashed nine four and two sixes as he finished unbeaten on 62, from only 57 balls.
Iago said: “It was a great win for us.
“I lost the toss and Chichester decided to bat and when we had them 17-2, I felt like it was going to be our day.
“Uunfortunately, it wasn’t to be quite as straightforward as I first thought. Their second and third wicket partnerships put them in a great position to go on and get a big score.
“They ended up with 193-6, but in my view they should have gone on to get 225-plus.
“We replied positively and got off to a good solid start until Bradley was caught behind. We then lost two more quick wickets, which left us three down with only 63 on the board.
“We needed to consolidate and we did that very well. Toby and Glen batted exceptionally well and and saw us home as they put on 130 for the third wicket.
“It was a fantastic win, with a great batting performance.”
Findon, who sit fifth after two games, travel to leaders Middleton on Saturday.