Around 100 members turned up for the latest Nomad indoor nets session at the County Ground on 5th March. It might have been a rough, rainy night outside, but you could tell that every person was looking forward to those balmy summer days plying their skills on cricket pitches across our County. Indeed, the season is now just over a month away!
Enthusiastic juniors at the Nets
From 6pm to 8pm our Juniors filled all the lanes as an enthusiastic session ensued under the watchful eye of Team Managers and our new Director of Junior Cricket Chris Fletcher. Chris has some big shoes to fill after the great work done by Andy and Kash. However, after catching up with him after the session it does appear that Nomads have made a wonderful choice. He speaks with a calm assurance and is looking for our Juniors to progress from very young raw cricketers into accomplished players competing for places in the Adult environment. Chris also has a wealth of experience to call upon which can only enhance our rich culture of Youth excellent here at the SCMG. I am sure all members will join me in sending a very warm welcome to Chris. Personally, I look forward to meeting up with him and his squads as the season springs into life.
It was lovely to also catch up with our new Club Captain, Dan Phillips who was leading the 1st team at practice. Again, Dan has some huge boots to fill after taking over from our great leader, top class cricketer and eloquent Jeremy Green. Dan told me ‘I am very excited by the challenges ahead, we have made some exciting recruitments and will be looking towards winning a trophy or two this season’. As to the all-important ECB Cup (1st Round 28th April Home to Lindfield) he explained ‘we hope to be at full strength for that game and go deep into the competition’. We wish Dan all the luck and best wishes as he takes our first team into battle. Note from your press officer, make sure to get down to our fabulous home facility on Sunday 28th April to cheer the boys on.
As to the session itself legend Jules Hunt had us all spellbound with a brutal T20 type knock where every ball seemed to go for a six. However, it was left to our mercurial batsman, Oliver Gatting to produce the moment of the session, who, after three balls, played creamy forward defensive. Pure Magic!
With the season just a few weeks away I hope all members are getting excited about getting out there. Just remember there is still some important time to get those last practice sessions in.
Cobo Nomads Press Officer.
Andy Smith - 07/03/2019