Chichester can’t finish it at Findon

At last the season started in brilliant sunshine as Chichester made their first trip to Findon for a Sussex League division-two clash

With a much changed team from last year, Chichester were looking forward to the start of a new era.

Captain George Stephens won the toss and elected to bat. The opening overs were difficult against the experience of Iago and the energy of Howell, and at 17 for two it looked like being a tough day for the Chichester batters.

However, Simon Hasted and overseas player Michael Corrigan flourished with a partnership of 87 in 24 overs before Corrigan (46) perished missing out on a loose delivery from Metters.

Hasted was joined by Stephens and continued to drive stylishly to all parts of the ground, eventually falling to a tired shot eights short of a deserved century. Stephens (33no) supported him well in a partnership of 83.

A lack of acceleration towards the end of the innings prevented maximum batting points and failed to set a challenging target.

Findon set off at pace, with aggressive hitting from Bridson (14) and Metters (31) before Faulkner (2-40) and Sleep (1-57) pegged them back.

But this was Chi’s last success of the day and Findon’s Kingsbury (81no) and G Bridson (62no) took charge despatching the bowling to all parts of the ground.

Findon took 26 points, Chichester nine.

Chichester’s next opponents this Saturday are Billingshurst in Priory Park.