FINDON Cricket Club are on the long road to Lord’s once again after booking their spot in the West Sussex final of the National Village Cup.
The Long Furlong side set up the area final with Poynings with a 63-run home victory over league rivals Ifield on Sunday.
Findon have a fine history in the prestigious competition, having reached the final in 2007 when they finished runners-up, while they were eliminated in the last 32 in 2012.
They have now reached the round in which they lost to Middleton last season and will be looking to avenge that against Mid Sussex League Division 1 side Poynings.
On Sunday, Findon were put into bat after losing the toss and made 195-7 from their 40 overs.
Opening batsman Bradley Bridson made 28 before he was third man out with the score on 49. Felix Jordan then went in and top-scored with a crucial unbeaten 63. Glen Bridson added 15, before a key fifth-wicket stand of 84 between Jordan and John Rogers (60).
Gareth Christian led the attack for Ifield with 3-32.
In reply, the visitors’ wickets fell at regular intervals after Curtis Howell (3-31) and Harry Metters (2-26) reduced them to 22-3.
Tom Wragg (13) and Sam Dorrington (11) put on 20 for the first wicket, while Raza Ali (25) and Paul Clifford (28) were the only other two contributors as they crashed to 132 all out in the 37th over.
That score was significantly improved by 29 in the extras column, while Jordan also claimed (2-27).
Findon skipper James Iago said: “It was a very good team performance. We got off to a average start by losing some quick wickets and, at the same time, we weren’t keeping the score ticking over.
“We looked like we might struggle to get to 150. However, John Rogers and Felix Jordan batted exceptionally well.
“We scored a lot of runs in the last 13 overs and posted a good total of 195, which is a lot of runs to chase down, especially at Findon. Ifield’s reply was not what I expected. We bowled well in parts, but conceded far too many wides.
“We will need to improve on that if we are to progress in this competition, but we can now look forward to the regional final against Poynings.”