Weather smiles on Finchingfield in home clash

PUBLISHED: 16:23 30 August 2007 | UPDATED: 21:48 29 May 2010

Finchingfield Cricket Club enjoyed their first home game since re-forming last year on Sunday. The visitors for the day were neighbours Wethersfield, apt opponents as Finchingfield were the first to play Wethersfield when they re-formed in 1987. Des

Finchingfield Cricket Club enjoyed their first home game since re-forming last year on Sunday.

The visitors for the day were neighbours Wethersfield, apt opponents as Finchingfield were the first to play Wethersfield when they re-formed in 1987.

Despite awful weather during the previous week, groundsman Paul Butt produced a pitch which looked and played superb.

On a wonderful summer's afternoon, the game was well supported by the community and the crowd was able to sample the delights of a beer tent, a BBQ, and a cake stall, whilst watching an excellent match played in the very best spirit of the game.

Wethersfield, batting first, scored 168-5 wickets in 42 overs. Top scorer was D Halliday with 69. Halliday was well supported by opener R Lambert scoring 44 runs.

Pick of the Finchingfield bowlers were G Morgan (2-36 off 12 overs) and N Copper (1-22 off nine overs).

Finchingfield's reply started slowly, but they managed to reach 113-4 with 11 overs left. However, a batting collapse saw them all out for 138 in the 40th over.

N Copper top scored on 49, with G Morgan and captain T Burbidge both scoring 21.

Club chairman Damon Knight said: "This was truly a splendid day and another important step to establishing the club.

"I commend the community and businesses of Finchingfield who showed great support both before, during and after the game.

"I would also like to thank the club's committee, our sponsor Carl Fisher Estate Agents, Ridgeons, Finchingfield Parish Council, friends and family of club members, and Wethersfield Cricket Club.

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