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This section replaces Clare's Diary.

It will be a vehicle for writing trivial nonsense about a player picked arbitrarily from around the club.

Yosef Salameh
Jeremy Green
Phil Brown  
Stephen Rigg
Tom Bell

Yosef Salameh

Age: 26

Nicknames: Yo, Yo-Dogg, Harvey
Teams played for: 1st XI (occasional), 2nd XI (Captain), Sunday XI (occasional).
Batsman/Bowler/Keeper: All-rounder

Fielding: Moderate. Generally a safe pair of hands, but there are more graceful players and few who generate such momentum with limited speed.

Strengths: Reliability. Yosef is a highly reliable off break bowler who has enjoyed some notable success in the 2nd XI. He is also a reliable batsman with a solid straight bat technique. He is also a reliably good bloke, someone that is always up for a laugh and generally makes each game more enjoyable to play in.

Weaknesses: Mobility is not his strong point and he is liable to laugh while bowling.

Thoughts: There was a period, early in the last decade, where the author of this piece would play in the 1st XI with Mr Salameh. It was a tough period for Nomads and Yosef was called upon to open the batting and I remember a few classy 30s against strong opposition.

Nowadays it appears the Yo Dogg has come to the fore with his wily off breaks, while stashing his accomplished batting a little further into the 2nd XI middle order.

Ultimately the greatest thing that Yosef brings is being an absolutely superb bloke. I don’t think I’ve talked to him for more than 5 minutes without laughing. He also possesses the cruellest nickname known to man (Harvey – think Jordan).

As I write this (19/03/10) I am sadly aware that young Yosef will miss a lot of the 2010 season due to a foot injury that requires surgery. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Hero rating: A hulking hero.

Jeremy Arthur Green

Age: 24?
Nicknames: JAGuar, Lord Green of Woodmancote, 679, Green Dog.
Teams played for: 1st XI (Vice Captain).
Batsman/Bowler/Keeper: All-rounder

Fielding: Strong. Though mobility is niggle dependent, he has been in prolific form in the slips this year.

Strengths: The loosest wrists in league cricket. Jez has been in excellent form with the bat this year. A Category 3 back niggle has silenced his awkward wrong-footed seamers up until now, but it is a strength he possesses.
Weaknesses: Perhaps throws his innings’ away unnecessarily too often.

Thoughts: Though he spent several years in the wilderness, Jeremy is a long term Nomad, regularly playing with myself and Shep alongside the likes of Ben Bidwell and James Vokins (blast from the past there!) for the Colts in the dark.

Nowadays the Green Dog is just one of many big personalities in the current First XI, but perhaps he is the most likely to squeal with laughter in a shrill, striking manner, often while simply remembering some phrase Shep has used to mentally disintegrate an opposing batsman 2 hours earlier, and he definitely consumes the most flaming liquid.

But this is not just your average laughing, fire-gargling, eco-friendly canine; only last year Lord Green was pursuing a career in cricket, putting in the hard yards with the Sussex 2nd XI. Indeed “679” is the number he achieved in his first class Sussex debut.

It is no secret that JAG felt somewhat aggrieved with his treatment at the end of his long 2nd XI service and it is no secret that many people have much to say about the situation. But I feel we all must agree that one of the unfortunate side effects of Lord Green senior’s excellent tenure at Hove is that Jeremy was never judged on a level playing field.

Anyway, that’s all water under the bridge now as the young seamer pursues his own heli-ski venture, using cricket merely as an outlet for “jollification” with friends and is playing with a renewed enjoyment that sees him currently sitting at the top of our league averages and runs scored, ahead of even the prolific Gould.

A great example of his form this year was his innings against Brighton and Hove; equal parts brute and beaut, those loose wrists working overtime, turning a potentially difficult chase into a cake walk. Shep loves to tell us that Ricky Ponting tells his Aussie charges to “play with Freedom”, if you want to know exactly what that means ask Julian Stephenson.

With his excellent slip grabbing and imminent bowling return, is this contract worthy form? Maybe, maybe not - that question is a can of worms, perhaps best unopened; but in the immortal words of Shep himself:

“You’ve got to start to wonder”.

Hero rating: A magnificent beast, but an ordinary hero.

Phil Brown

Age: I genuinely don’t know. Wouldn’t like to guess, but I’d say comfortably past 30!

Nicknames: PB, Gordon, Charlie.

Teams played for: Sunday XI vice-captain (work means he’s only been available on Sunday for some years).

Batsman/Bowler/Keeper: Right arm off-spin bowler.

Fielding: Not his strong point, in particular his arm doesn’t leave Joe Gatting worrying about his javelin record. Can pop up to take a valuable catch now and then.

Strengths: Consistency. PB doesn’t bowl too many bad balls; as a result he rarely gets mistreated and often picks up a useful Sunday haul.

When fielding, he has the ability to turn any contact with a cricket ball into a diving save/catch.

Weaknesses: Not exactly Muralitharanesque turn.

When fielding, he has the ability to turn any contact with the cricket ball into something far harder than it should have been.

Thoughts: Not enough people in the club are aware of the sterling work Phil Brown puts in for the club on the field and off it. This is d
ue to work commitments and a generally reserved demeanour; but don't let his understated manner fool you, PB is a cheeky git in his own right.

A canny off-break bowler who has been known to take prolific hauls against solid Sunday opposition, Phil Brown is a highly dependable bowler; while, from his traditional lower order berth, has scored many a valuable run in his uncomplicated left handed batting style. Phil generally bowls outside off on a good length and gets many of his wickets with outside edges.

It is a joy to see Phil bowling well and taking wickets because he can’t help but smile about it; his enthusiasm for the game peeping through his more customary unruffled exterior. Never is this more evident than when regular Sunday XI captain Protap Dasgupta is away and Phil takes on the mantle of encouraging the youngsters and geeing up the team.

Phil is instrumental in the running of the bar (and has been for some years) and sits on the general committee.

Hero rating: Unsung. A veteran Sunday campaigner and quiet, yet hugely valued behind-the-scenes type cog in the Mighty Nomads Machine.

Stephen Rigg
Age: 22 (3/6/85).
Nicknames: Riggy, Riggbeast, Rigganaught, The Sweetness, Bigg Rigg, Rigg Dogg, Oil Rigg.
Teams played for: 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday XI, Indoor 1st VI (Captain).
Batsman/Bowler/Keeper: Left arm orthodox spin bowler and deeply underrated batsman 

Fielding: Pretty solid, fair. Slight propensity to fall to the ground unnecessarily, drops the odd catch, but far more mobile than most expect and pretty alert.

Strengths: On his day the best left arm spin bowler in the Sussex league, certainly the most threatening. Tom Smith wishes he could bowl with Riggy’s natural drift.
Weaknesses: Consistency - Traditionally the Riggbeast has had a problem with bowling bad balls - full tosses and long hops. Currently in the best form I’ve seen him, these have been much reduced of late.

Sulking - Woe betide any captain who disagrees with the Rigganaught’s precise field placement requests.

Thoughts: With arguably the most recognisable silhouette in the Sussex League, “The Sweetness” is the definition of a flair player. When the Bigg Rigg bowls, things happen.

Generating lashings of drift into the right hander coupled with good turn away (pitch-dependent), on his day the Rigg Dogg bowls in a similar vein to Monty Panesar, picking up many wickets bowled and LBW. As a keeper you feel a big LBW shout could happen every ball, while every so often he rips a jaffa that takes the outside edge/glove.

No stranger to a chocolate bar or two on his long drives to install CCTV cameras in the kind of casinos that only Hully could afford to frequent (and buy out-right), Riggy is often the butt of too many jokes and remarks (like the ones about the chocolate bars and silhouette). Not one to take himself too seriously, the Riggbeast takes it all in his stride, but one feels, because of his slightly spherical nature, he doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves.

And yes, the thing about the batting isn’t a joke - he really can bat. A quality innings of 80 odd at Lindfield on a Sunday sticks in my mind.

The Oil Rigg has passion and desire to win in bucket loads (not to mention things to say). He wants to bowl. He wants to bowl always. If you don’t let him bowl, you’re going to know about it. He pouts, he sulks and he makes sarcastic comments; but he doesn’t hold grudges.

Sometimes his will to win causes problems; in 2007, James Beeney, on about 130 (having nicked off twice already - ahem), shouldered arms to a pretty straight one that wrapped him on the pad, his appeal/celebration was turned down, in disbelief the Rigg Dogg blurted ‘What the f**k was that missing?!’ (the ensuing ban mellowed him for a while). Other times it leads to utter carnage in a batting order.

The Sweetness is dearly loved by all who’ve seen him giggle after bowling someone with a full toss, and even has his own theme tune:

Hero rating: The kind Enrique Iglesias sings about being.

Tom Bell

Age: 15 (ish. I just know he's taller than he is old).

Nicknames: Ding-dong, Tomble.

Teams played for: 3rd XI, Sunday XI (has played 4th XI, one 2nd XI game).

Batsman/Bowler/Keeper: Bowler, who has the potential to bat, but would not yet claim to be an all-rounder!

Fielding: About satisfactory, arguably improving.

Strengths: Annoying paced bowler, who when on form consistently hits the right area and can nibble it off the seam and wobble it in the air. Becoming an increasingly capable batsman.

Weaknesses: Weakness. He's still young, but he's a frail lad. As he fills out he will get more power and may become a more imposing bowler and a more dominant batsman. Could maybe work on his fielding too.

Thoughts: Tomble is a good lad. We all have time for Tomble.

I played with him today (25/5/08) and he bowled beautifully, locks onto a good length and delivers the good majority of his balls on or outside off. Does a bit with it in the air and off the deck. On his day very awkward to face.

Although naturally a shy lad, I am delighted to see that as he grows in experience and confidence (on and off the field) he grows in competitiveness and there is a definite will to win and a willingness to better himself. All very commendable.

If we were to divide "length of run up" by "pace of delivery" he would certainly get the highest score in the club. However, his expansive run up does allow him the opportunity to do a little Samba somewhere near the start and let his hair bob up and down against the backdrop of a sitescreen in a jovial manner. All good fun.

Hero rating: Utterly heroic.

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