Findon hoping for Village Cup run

Findon's Harry Metters
Findon's Harry Metters

FINDON Cricket Club vice-captain Bradley Bridson is hoping for another successful season for the club in the National Village Cup competitio

The Long Furlong side have a rich history in the prestigious competition, having reached the Lord’s final in 2007, where they finished runners-up, and they were eliminated in the last 16 last season.

Solid all-round contributions with the bat and good work with the ball from Harry Metters (3-15) and Graham Manser (2-40) saw Findon ease past Ifield in the second round on Sunday.

It was all fairly simple for the visitors and captain-for-the-day Bradley Bridson said: “It was quite surprising, really, and we weren’t expecting it as we were missing a few players on the day. We got some early runs and then in the last 10 overs scored 95 runs and had the momentum.

“We got Raza Ali, their main batsman, out first ball of the innings, got them to 40-5 and just kept chipping away.

“We’re very much looking forward to the next game in a couple of weeks and we are hoping for a nice long run in the competition again this year.”

Batting first, after losing the toss, Findon set 214-4 in their 40 overs. Jack Metters opened up with a structured 59 off 89 balls and he and Glenn Bridson (25) put on a 63-run stand for the first wicket.

Manser (33) was the third man in and also worked well with Metters for a second-wicket total of 56 to take them to 119-2.

Metters and John Rogers (five) then fell in fairly quick succession, but with both Felix Jordan and Bradley Bridson at the crease with the score on 141 for the loss of four wickets, they started to fire the ball to all sides of the ground.

From 20 balls each, Jordan fired an impressive 38 and Bridson 34, both unbeaten, to take them to 214-4 at the break.

Greame Dean returned the best figures for Ifield with the ball as he claimed 2-40. Russell Jacob took 1-26 and Paul Clifford 1-57.

It was another team bowling display that saw Findon ease into the third round where they face Poynings, who received a bye in the previous round.

Manser claimed the dangerous Ali with the first delivery in Ifield’s reply and he soon struck again to reduce the visitors to 13-2.

Harry Metters then claimed a run-out and soon afterwards three wickets in quick succession to leave Ifield 56-7.

Greg Barton offered some resistance for Ifield, but once he was dismissed, Graeme Dean (43) was the only real run-maker as Bradley Bridson, Smith and Jordan chipped in with a wicket each to leave their opponents 76 runs short on 138 after 39.3 overs.

Bradley Bridson added: “They were a few players down as well, and the guys they did have did not really perform well, whereas we did.”

Findon now host Poynings on June 2, where the two sides face off for a place in the West Sussex regional final.