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October 23, 2016, 3:36 pm
2017 Should Prove to be Very Competive !
Whilst it has been a season of transition for our top team thanks to some excellent performances from our 3rds and 4ths the gap in standard is closing.  And that will be very attractive to a lot of our up and coming youth and potential academy players all vying for the top spots.   Its very encouraging and exciting to be seeing so many of our Colts coming through the ranks here at Nomads, the future looks very rosy indeed.
 
 
Jeremy and his 1st team have had a very slow year in terms of results on the pitch.    Early exits in both the ECB Cup and Grey Nichols t20 Cup, (Winners in 2015) were hard to take especially in the ECB first round defeat.  Had we won that day who knows how the season would have panned out.  Unfortunately the team couldn’t find their stride in the Sussex Premier League and never really looked as though a serious title tilt was on.   There were highlights along the way when beating Champions Roffey at the SCMG, then beating Brighton and Hove the very next week.   They smashed Worthing in a rain affected t20 game and beat Billingshurst on the last day of the season.  However with 6 losses to their name including a Hastings double it was a low finishing position.
The squad has been injected with some  some super talented cricketers, the likes of Dom S (ton on league debut) and Jonty J a real live wire and powerhouse, produced some magical moments.  James WG had a good year with the bat as did opener Dan Phillips. The O’Brien brothers can be very proud of their 1st team performances and will no doubt be looking for more chances in 2017.   My 1st team player of the year goes to Stuart Faith who was very solid though out with both bat, ball and banter.
 
One of the highlights/low lights was in the ECB t20 National Finals day at Winchester.  Langers, Carl and I really enjoyed a brilliant road trip west and saw two top class t20 cricket matches.  In the semi final  both Dan and Oliver marvelous as we beat the hosts.  The final tuned in to a very brutal but ultra exciting match for fans to enjoy.  A world class catch from Faith put the Nomads box seat mid way through the chase but a lower order Tunbridge Wells batsman stole the day by smashing 5 sixes in 6 balls to take the match.    That’s cricket I suppose but we can reveal it wa a very somber trip back to Sussex !
 
Its difficult to put a finger on where this team goes from here but there are a hell of a lot of positives to focus on during what will be an exciting and hopefully very successful close season.
 
Jason Robinson continues to impress as his Academy side cleared up yet another League title (we shall gloss over a 1st round t20 exit, which was very disappointing)  The squad seems to go from strength to strength now not only playing with swagger being able to dig in and produce the ugly stuff well.  George Read had to show grit at Lindfield when facing two aggressive and snarly openers.  His 90 min opening knock paved the way for Liam to break away and take a brilliant win on the road.   The squad put in a great team performance when beating Eastbourne  at the SCMG on 5th June.  Luke scored 70 that day while Henry took 6 wickets.  The campaign ended with two draws, perhaps the match at the Saffrons failed to live up to billing. But it was enough to take the league title.

The team benefited from the inclusion of Varon who lite  up the bowling and batting attack.  Oliver stepped down to great effect early season to produced several winning inns (a brilliant 81 at Bexhill).  Henry again took a lot of wickets through out the season as did Adam and Yousef (7 at Eastbourne).  My 2nd team player of the season goes to Liam O who had a halcyon time with the bat.  

Huge congratulations to David Symes and his 3rd team vibe in the Mid Sussex Stoner League top division. The squad not only consolidated their position but with 3 games to go were still eyeing the Championship.  The low point came quite quickly at Edenbridge in May where the team got annihilated. That sparked a big turn around in form as wins came thick and fast.  Perhaps the highlight of the league season came at Doremansland (2nd July) when a very gutsy performance provided a stunning last ball win in the gathering gloom. The lads and Rebecca knew they had been in a battle that day.  A breezy win at Bolney on 30th July had everyone in great spirits, the post match vibe was one of calm and confidence.  

The season was completed when taking the Mid Sussex Plate on Bank Holiday Monday at the SCMG, youngster Toby Shepperson making a lovely half century.   There has been a plethora of brilliant performances in the 3rd team but for consistency up top Michael E gets my 3rd team player of the year.

Justin and his 4th team squad were very impressive through out the year gaining a much deserved promotion to Mid Sussex Stoner division 2. Justin is a wonderful skipper who manages to get the best from his players.  The mixture of experience and youth securing 12 league wins.   I was particularly impressed when they beat Roffey away on 23rd July in sweltering heat.  The boys toiled hard in the field finding it hard to restrict runs.  However they rolled their sleeves up with the bat with everyone chipping in.  Toby batted well but it was left to the experienced hands of Ian J and Jeffers to take the win

Justin helped himself to a league ton against Dormansland at home, Peter F took 7 wickets against Smallfield, Stephen Oliver was in mercurial form always a pleasure watching him bat.  Lots of great performances through out but for showing steely determination and a natural will to win my vote goes to Ian Jones.

A quick nod towards our Colts section and a mention of the U15s managed by Jason Robinson who got to the Area Finals day of the ECB Cup in St Albans.  They faced the obvious might of Esher in the semi final and a titanic battle ensued.  During a short rain break there were lots of pasty looking fans looking on.  Unfortunately it wasn't to be as the London club took the game by a very narrow margin. A collective gloom descended.

In terms of our  Colts section I would like to add by best wishes to Andy Garth who has recently stepped down as Manager.  I have learnt a lot from him about youth cricket over the past few years.  He will leave some big shoes to fill.

Once again it has been a real honure and  priviledge following you guys around the County and bringing live twitter feeds.  Like the first team being in transittion I feel that my role as your press officer is coming to a cross roads.  Perhaps its time for some fresh eye's, idea's to take this aspect of the club forward. Your thoughts on the subject would be most welcome and I am reaching out to every member here !!  Contact me on bowmansgang@btinternet.com


Have a great winter, what ever you are doing and see you at the awards ceremony next month.

Regards



Colin
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