Findon on the march but Meaney steps down

FINDON Cricket Club captain Barry Meaney signed off his reign as skipper in style on Saturday hitting an unbeaten 49 as they comfortably overcame basement side Sidley.

A superb display with both bat and ball saw the home side record their third win of the season, and their second in as many weeks, but it came at the cost of their captain.

He has stepped down after suffering another injury on Saturday – a decision he made after picking up a groin injury while batting which could rule him out for up to four weeks.

With a holiday then planned and having just recovered from a shoulder injury, the skipper felt it was the right time for someone to lead the side for the rest of the season.

He said: “It’s the halfway point of the season and such a crucial time and if I can’t play I’ll feel I’ll be holding the team back a bit.

“There’s nothing gone on or anything, and I’ve had a good crack as captain with winning the league last year, so it feels right for someone else to take the reigns.”

Meaney, however, steps down on a high after a maximum 30-point win for the second week in a row that has seen them climb from second from bottom up to sixth.

Bowlers James Iago (4-39) and Graham Manser (5-25) both starred with the ball as Findon stuck in their opponents and bowled them out for 135 in 50.1 overs.

Jack Metters (50) and Meaney (49 not out) then shone with the bat and Findon knocked off the chase in 29.3 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

Meaney said: “Saturday was great. After a good result against St James last week, we’d spoken and said we needed to win this week, too.

“As they are bottom of the table, it was a real 60-pointer, if you like, and it was a good all-round performance.

“It was a decent batting track, but Graham Manser bowled well. He has done all year, but without the rewards and he got his just rewards on Saturday.

“Then we went out and knocked off the runs in what was a comprehensive win for us.”

Manser made early inroads into the Sidley order, as Iago and Felix Jordan also took a wicket each, to reduce the visitors to 65-6.

Scott Woodroffe (37) and Paul Nice (35) put on a seventh-wicket stand of 58, before they were both dismissed by Manser and Findon quickly wrapped up the tail.

In reply, Bradley Bridson was given out lbw for just eight off Peter King’s bowling with the score on 17.

Metters then collaborated with Meaney, who had a runner due to his injury, as they put on 102 for the second wicket, leaving them just 17 short of victory. Metters was also out lbw, before Jordan saw Findon home with Meaney.