Bridson hits a ton as Findon progress in Village Cup

Findon skipper Bradley Bridson
Findon skipper Bradley Bridson

BRADLEY BRIDSON smashed 125 from just 72 balls to ensure Findon Cricket Club progressed in the National Village Cup on Sunday.

Findon posted 315-7 as they won by 76 runs at Balcombe in the West Sussex area second round and will now host Ifield in the next round.

Captain Bridson was delighted with the win and said: “It was a great win for us on Sunday.

“We suffered a heavy defeat against St James’s Montefiore the day before in the league and wanted to bounce back.

“I was not really sure what a par score would be as the boundaries were very small.

“But we managed to get over 300 on the board and I was happy with that.

“From a personal view point, it was important for me to get some runs, after struggling for form in the first few weeks.

“To score a hundred against any side is great and to hit 125 from 72 balls was great for me.

“I’d also like to give Matthew Wratting a mention for his performance with the ball. He is just 14 years of age and came in for his senior debut, so for him to take six wickets was a magnificent achievement.

“It was an important victory for us and we will now look to go as far as we can in this competiton.

“We have reached the final at Lord’s before and that is the aim of everyone involved to get to that final.”

After being put into bat, Findon opener Bridson crashed 125, with 13 fours and ten sixes, and Felix Jordan made 61, with five fours and two sixes from 64 deliveries, as the pair put on 179 for the third wicket.

Cameron Young hit 40 from 31 balls and Graham Manser ended unbeaten on 36 as Findon posted 315 for seven in 40 overs.

In reply, Balcombe lost Guy Dutton (22), Charlie Dowdall (26) and David Castle (nought) in quick succession as they fell to 67 for three.

Balcombe then slipped to 111 for six, before Sam Blackburn (42) and Andrew Stillwell put on 113 for the seventh wicket.

Stillwell smashed 74 from 39 balls, which included six fours and six sixes. However, once he was out, the last four wickets fell for 15 runs as Findon recorded a comfortable win.

Wratting starred with the ball and took six for 39 from five overs as Balcombe were all out for 239. Jordan picked up two for 38 from his nine overs.

Findon will face Ifield in next round on May 31.

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