At sun drenched Middleton Manor, Westmeston, visitors Preston Nomads put in a top shift with the bat adding 297 off 45 overs.
Streat danger man Jules Hunt put them ahead of the chase with another well crafted league ton. It was left to Nomads veteran spinner Ian Jones 4 for 38 to force Streat into draw mode. Chairman Will Shaw and Mat Porter dourly clinging on 245 for 8 at the close.
Having won the toss Streat skipper David Christmas decided to let his players sample the mid day sun. On a even wicket and lighting quick out field Sachin Ananda (51) and Michael English (27) got Nomads off to a flying start. Brothers Taron and Sakib Ikram kept up the momentum both securing silky half centuries. An entertaining innings was giving the final gloss as Stephen Marsh hit two maximums on route to a quick 49 not out. It was hard toil for the hosts with scant reward. James Chadburn was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.
Streat legend Jules Hunt seems to get better year after year. He currently enjoys a Mid Sussex Stoner League Div 1 average of 92. This includes a fine opening effort of 111 including 17 fours and 1 six. He was well supported by Nigel Jeyes (31) as the score flashed past 200 for 4. It looked as though Streat might of prevailed but Ian Jones had other ideas.
He bowled the dangerous and well set Hunt and then took another three victims on route to 4 for 38 off 10. That set up a tense and exciting end to the game. Nomads brought back both the opening quickies and employed 6 slips but Shaw and Porter were in no mood to surrender their wicket. An absorbing days cricket led to 14 points for Nomads and just 5 for Streat.
Skipper Christmas said after 'I thought we worked very hard in the field and didn't make many mistakes, Jules got us close but in the end I was pleased with a draw' Newly promoted Streat are at the wrong end of Stoner League Div 1 of that he suggested ' I think we will be OK, we are suffering availability issues at this time which isn't helping, Neil Green our talented batsman is currently injured' Streat will be on the road this Saturday to face Cuckfield 3rds. They will be looking to get back to winning ways quickly.
It's about body language with David Symes and you could tell he was a little frustrated at the end. He said 'it is what it is, I thought we had that match well under control through out and its disappointing not to be coming away with a win. We could of declared earlier but on this track that would of been dangerous. We tried everything to get 10 wickets but in the end it turned out to be a batsman's wicket. We move on !'
Bowman said ' for a cricket fan it was an exciting days play in superb surroundings and weather. The ground looked in great shape under the stunning South Downs back drop. Top marks to Streat for a wonderful batting performance. Champaign moment goes to Shahziab for producing a stunning one handed catch out deep. My man of the match goes to Ian Jones for a very tidy and important spell'.
Alan - 18/06/2017