CEO under fire for scoring triple century against teenagers

Yahoo! New Zealand Sport January 14, 2014, 5:37 pm

What a difference 24 hours makes.

Yesterday, Hawke's Bay Cricket Association CEO Craig Findlay was basking in the glory of scoring 307 n.o. off just 115 balls in a one-day club cricket match in Napier.

The Hawkes Bay Today ran a piece on the 42-year-old former first-class cricketer's mammoth feat of explosive hitting yesterday.

The only issue was Findlay's innings, which included 27 sixes, was against a team of school team made up mainly of 15 and 16-year-olds.

Fast forward to today, and many people have expressed their outrage at Findlay's triple century against the St John's College 1st XI.

The Hawkes Bay Today has been bombarded with messages of complaints against the former Central Districts Stag player, since running the piece on Monday.

From the paper:

"Yesterday St John's team captain James McNatty said he pleaded with Findlay to retire after just 23 overs of the 45-over affair "because it was really getting out of hand" but the former Hawke's Bay senior men's representative said he'd think about it.

"After another seven overs I asked him again but he just walked away and carried on batting," said McNatty who then approached the 42-year-old's former CD teammate, Mike Pawson, thinking he was the skipper but to no avail."

McNatty's mother, Michele, speaking on behalf of the players' parents, said they had heard even before the game on Saturday Findlay was going to "teach the schoolboys a lesson" because they were not good enough to be in the two-tier revamped senior men's grade.

She said Findlay had the audacity to say the boys were not good enough and that he didn't train but he had been playing consistently every summer after retiring from the prem grade two years ago.

Findlay for his part is refusing to back down, telling the paper: "To create champions you have to be tough. I'm not allowed to play and I have others telling me where I can bat and when not to play," he said, adding it appeared the Bay was going down a slippery track to a "PC world".

The St John's team have won one game in the club competition, but are not sitting last with three other school teams, and one club team yet to record a win.

You can read the full Hawke's Bay Today article here

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