Chichester can’t rediscover that winning habit

Findon add to their total at Priory Park  Picture by Louise Adams
Findon add to their total at Priory Park Picture by Louise Adams

In the battle to avoid relegation from Sussex League division two, Chichester hosted Findon in a vital game for both teams.

Priory Park had been rocked by thunderstorms for two nights and with humid conditions and heavy cloud, Chichester won the toss and elected to field.

Findon’s openers started well as Bradley Bridson (48) and Jack Metters (59) put on 122 for the first wicket.

The introduction of spinner Jay Hartard turned the match for the home side. He removed both openers and took three further wickets to take his first five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of five for 56.

Harry Metters provided late impetus for Findon with an attacking 40. When he was dismissed with two balls of the innings remaining, Findon declared with a total of 230 for eight.

In reply the Chichester openers reached 51, but the introduction of Alex Norman (4-23) changed the game for the visitors. He ripped through Chichester’s top order with a devastating spell of swing bowling, reducing them to 55 for four.

Beck Hemingway (81) and Australian overseas batman Mike Corrigan (61) set about rebuilding the innings. A century partnership dragged Chichester back into the match and with ten overs to go and the score at 177 for four, the home side were favourites to win.

Out of nowhere, Corrigan was run out and Hemingway soon followed, triggering Chichester’s second batting collapse.

With three overs to go and Chichester’s final pair at the crease, the home side were teetering on the edge of defeat. But they were able to hold on until the end and finished on 203 for nine with both sides agonisingly close to victory.

The draw doesn’t help either team at the foot of the table .

Chichester’s next game is away to promotion-chasing Billingshurst.