FINDON Cricket Club jumped three places up to second in Sussex League Division 2 on Saturday with a comprehensive five-wicket win at home to Haywards Heath.
Findon moved into the promotion places after a superb bowling display saw the hosts dismiss Heath for only 61. They then reached their target in 20.2 overs as the game was over by around 4pm.
Findon started well after winning the toss and quicky reduced Haywards Heath to 6-3.
Heath lost wickets regularly with their highest stand the 21-run partnership between Charlie Dowdall and Rizwan Vahora for the seventh wicket as they were all out for 61 in 28.5 overs.
Graham Manser claimed 3-13 from 11 overs, which included six maidens, Harry Metters took 3-18 from seven overs, and Felix Jordan and Sam Mannings grabbed two wickets each.
Findon lost five wickets in their reply but were always in control and Dan Bridson took them to victory with an unbeaten 16.
Jack Metters was Findon’s captain for the game, with James Iago unavailable, and he said: “We won the toss and put Haywards Heath into bat on a damp wicket. We started well with Graham capturing their oversees player in the first over, which left them 0-1 from the first 2 overs. Felix did the damage the other end snicking off their other opener before graham dismissed their No 3, leaving them 6-3. Our fourth wicket was something I have never seen before, their batsman slashed outside off stump, Graham, at gully, managed to get a hand out on it, only for the ball to go straight into the path of Sam Mannings at backward point.
“We kept the pressure on the batsman, Harry and Sam bowled well and our high standards in the field meant we finished them off for 61.
“Although we lost a few wickets in our reply, we were always in control. Dan brought the game home with some aggressive batting, with Graham hitting the winning runs in the 21st over.
“A fantastic bowling display made it easy for our batsman. Graham showed you don’t need to bowl 80mph to get wickets, finishing with figures of 3-13 from 11 overs.
“The league is very tight, we are looking for one more win to maintain our status for next year and if we continue our form for the rest of the season, we could be in with a chance of promotion.”