FINDON Cricket Club won their first league game of the season on Saturday (May 26) in nail-biting fashion when they got the winning run off the final ball of the game.
Sam Dunkley, on his debut for the 1st XI, went in to face the last ball of the innings after Graham Manser was out on the penultimate ball, and then scrambled through for a single to win the game.
Findon captain Barry Meaney, who was watching from the pavilion as a shoulder injury ruled him out, said: “It was a real nail-biting finish watching from the sideline.
“Sam managed to scamper through for a single, although they had a direct hit to the end he was running and there was a massive appeal.
“It was as dramatic a finish as you could get but we were delighted to pick up the extra 15 points for the win ahead of a big weekend for the club this week.”
The day had started well for Findon as they won the toss and then bowled Ifield out for 161. Captain-for-the-game James Iago picked up 3-52 and left-arm spinner Harry Metters took 3-27 off 14 overs, while Jack Metters also grabbed two wickets.
Findon lost both openers early in their innings, before Felix Jordan (36) and Glenn Bridson (54) settled things with a 70-run third-wicket stand.
But from 82-2, Findon slipped to 138-8 before Graham Manser and Harry Metters had a ninth-wicket stand of 23 to tie the scores.
Manser then fell for a run-a-ball 28, but Dunkley and Harry Metters got the win as they ran a single from the final delivery.
Meaney said: “Harry bowled really well and got their key man, Raza Ali, out which was a key moment in the game.
“He then also had a really important cameo at the end with the bat.
“James Iago bowled well as usual, while Felix steadied the ship with the bat and Glenn played an exceptional innings.”
Findon travel to Cuckfield in the league on Saturday and are then at Poynings in the National Village Cup on Sunday.
Meaney said: “It’s a big weekend for the club. We’re looking forward to the cup match and if we can get some momentum going, it will breed confidence throughout the side.”