Findon target first league win after Village Cup success

FINDON Cricket Club recorded their first win of the season on Sunday in the National Village Cup and captain Barry Meaney is now targeting a first league success.

Findon lost by five wickets at Haywards Heath on Saturday – their second successive Sussex League Division 2 defeat after promotion from Division 3 West last season. They bounced back with a 70-run victory at Outwood on Sunday and Meaney said: “It was good to get a win on Sunday and it was a really good team effort. We spoke on Saturday about trying to get a win to give us confidence as it’s been disappointing to lose our first two league games.

“We’re at home to Ifield on Saturday now and they’ve started well. But, although it’s a tough game, we’ve identifed our home games as ones we need to try to win. I think we’ll need six or seven wins to make sure we stay up and I still feel confident that we can do that.”

Jack Metters was the mainstay of Findon’s innings on Saturday as he scored what Meaney called an “excellent” 71. He struck seven fours and one six but only Bradley Bridson (24) and Owen Cave (15) also reached double figures as Findon were all out for 141.

Findon took early wickets in Heath’s reply but 57 not out from Declan Hoare and an unbeaten 40 by Rizwan Vahora took Heath to victory, despite James Iago again impressing with the ball and taking 4-29 from 20 overs.

Meaney missed the Sunday cup success after damaging shoulder ligaments when trying to take a catch on Saturday, which left Iago captaining the team.

Findon were put into bat after losing the toss and several of their batsmen contributed to their total of 233-6 from their 40 overs.

Felix Jordan top-scored with 57, Dan Bridson hit 43 not out, Owen Cave smashed 36 from only 21 balls and Glenn Bridson scored 32.

Graham Manser then starred with the ball as he took 4-40 from his nine overs as Outwood finished on 163-8.

Findon will now face Poynings in the next round of the competition.