THE rain proved an aid for league leaders Findon Cricket Club on Saturday as they grabbed an extra six points from a 20/20 win at Littlehampton as they returned to winning ways.
The match was one of just two games to be played in the entire Sussex League – albeit reduced to the 20-over format.
The wet weather accounted for every match bar Findon’s match at Littlehampton in Division 3 West and a Division 3 East match between Crawley and Sidley.
It eventually worked in Findon’s favour, though, as although the match will read as abandoned, their seven-wicket win sees them take 16 points, rather than the standard 10 from a called-off game.
The result sees Findon back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats, against Billingshurst and Bognor, ended the leaders’ eight-game winning run.
Findon captain Barry Meaney said: “It was a bit frustrating and we were hanging around in the hope of even getting a 20/20 in, which we did, and even though it was just an extra six points, they may be crucial at the end of the season.
“I wanted the points, but also wanted to get a game under our belts this week. Although we lost a couple of early wickets, we did bat well, but were fantastic in the field.
“It was really positive to get a win and the 16 points, and to get the winning mentality back.”
Findon won the toss, put Littlehampton into bat, and the hosts lost Guy Souch, Darren Bazley and Sajid Khan early to leave them at 12-3.
Sam Mellor was also out soon afterwards to make it 24-4 but Chris Heberlein and Michael Askew then put on 62 for the fifth wicket, before Askew was out for 18, from 26 balls,
Amit Midha then fell for three, before Heberlein was seventh to depart for 63, after hitting five fours and two sixes, from 54 balls, and Littlehampton finished their 20 overs on 122-7.
Findon’s Felix Jordan claimed the best bowling figures with 2-20.
In reply, Findon’s opening batsmen Jack Metters and Bradley Bridson were both victims of Tom Lee with the score on 10.
Andrew Crosland, who went on to hit a vital 56 off 44 balls, was dropped in successive overs when he had scored fewer than 10.
Jordan, with an unbeaten 37, and Barry Meaney, with 10 not out, saw Findon home with 23 balls to spare.
The whole of the West Sussex Invitation League fell victim to the weather.