JACK Metters hit Findon Cricket Club’s first century of the season on Saturday as they enjoyed a 26-run win at home to St James’s.
Metters hit nine fours and one six in his unbeaten 101, from 138 balls, as Findon posted 224-2 from 51 overs after St James’s had won the toss.
Metters had a 95-run opening stand with Bradley Bridson, who struck his third consecutive half-century, before he was out for 50 after striking five fours and one six off 74 deliveries as the club’s leading runscorer moved on to 408 runs for the season.
Alasdair Wilson was then out first ball, before Metters and Felix Jordan had an unbroken 129-run stand for the third wicket. Jordan contributed 61 not out to the partnership as he struck six fours and one six off 82 balls.
St James’s gave it a good go in their run chase, before they were dismissed 27 runs short of victory. Anthony Alexander (43) and Michael Murray (10) shared a 53-run stand for the opening wicket, before Findon took five quick wickets to leave St James’s 81-5.
Tayyab Mahmood kept St James’s in contention with an unbeaten 68 – as he put on 61 for the sixth wicket with Sam Cooper (31).
However, once Cooper was out, Mahmood soon ran out of partners, despite a quickfire 22 from James Howard, and Findon wrapped up a 26-run win. Toby Kingsbury and Harry Metters both claimed three wickets each.
Findon captain James Iago said: “It was a great game game of cricket, with the right result at the end.
“We lost the toss and were inserted. We managed to get off to an extremely good start, scoring quickly and not losing wickets. It has to be said all batsmen who scored runs batted very well. Bradley scored a solid 50 for the third week running, Jack scored a great 100 and Felix batted well for his 60-odd.
“We accumulated a score of 224-2 after 51 overs. This was a target that I didn’t think they would get close to, as 200 runs batting second at Findon is a lot of runs. “In fairness to them, they kept at it and reached 198 before we had their last man run out with three overs to spare.”