Determined Start to Nomads League Campaign
Three wins from four.
The club can be very satisfied with their afternoon’s work on Saturday winning three out of four league matches. However, the message from your press officer is that we should be looking for much more.
The round up starts with a hard-fought ECB Sussex Premier League win against a very competitive East Grinstead side at Saint Hill. Our 1st team not only had to battle the infamous EG banter but also freezing cold weather and rain delays. It was one of those where you had to dig in!
After winning the toss our new club captain decided to have a bat on what looked to be a very decent surface. As per a previous post it does appear that our openers want to get on with things. Usman (33) and Nathan (38) went about their business in strident fashion hitting Hatchet and Sturmer to all parts. If we can maintain a record of 50 with out loss off 6 overs going forward, we will win a lot of matches!
Dan batted very well for 30 but needlessly danced down the wicket and got stumped. At that point the middle order fell quite cheaply the score 168 for 4 to 199 for 7. Will Collard 26 not out and Owen K (10) batted really well taking the score to 254 all out off the 50 overs. Through most of the inns keeper Jake Hutson (of many peoples fantasy team) showed great grit and fortitude with a battling 55 runs. An inn’s which was curtailed by the champagne moment of the day. A world class catch by EG keeper Leo Cammish.
A well deserved and much needed tea taken.
Rain came in three spells after tea which meant the game became a rather disjointed and prolonged affair. Navin (3 for 18) bowled quick and straight from the off and EG skipper Rebbetts had his off bail taken on 3. The dangerous Will Adkin was bowled by Stuart P for a duck and from moment onward our hosts seem to be in trouble. As is the nature of sport Jake had his revenge on Leo when stumping him for 10. Dan Phillips will be very pleased with two great catches which were both swirling around in the wind. EG really couldn’t find any rhythm and ended up on 155 for 8.
Captain Dan to me this morning ‘ Saturday was a very good day for the team. After 3 warm up wins and an ECB victory we wanted to get off to a flying start in the league. The lads batted very well to get up to 250 with Jake the stand out performer. Usman ,Nathan and Colly with notable scores. With a good total on the board we knew early wickets and tight cricket in the first 15 overs would kill off the game. All our bowlers performed to the game plan and lead us to a comfortable win, Jake was my man of the match.’
Bowman says ‘ for those who have read my work will know that I really appreciate hard work and digging in for results and that’s how Saturday panned out. Huge congrats to the team and especially Jake who gets my man of the match award. However, it does seem that the Nomads have developed a hugely exciting and talented squad this season under a progressive skipper. Take the positives from Saturday but you feel there is much more to come from every player. We could and should be the Rolls Royce of Sussex club cricket and beyond this season!’
Twos too good for Seaford (Division 3 South)
Spinner Stephen Rigg, 5 for 31 and Abdul Shafi 102 n.o. were the talk of the town as our Twos breezed past Seaford at the SCMG. Great performance from the boys but there will be sterner tests to come not least when they have to make an epic journey east to Rye on Saturday.
Jules Hunt smashes 32 off the first over at Balcombe.
In perhaps the performance of the week end our three’s minus skipper Symes (Knee) travelled to Balcombe in Division 5. Jules calmed all the nerves with a fabulous 32 off the 1st over (which took 20 mins) as the team went on to 217 for 8. Rafiullah Gul and Alex Hunt were in the wickets as hosts came up short. Huge congrats to Vice skipper James D who must have been delighted.
Justin might be disappointed as 4s lose at home.
Skipper Justin is a brilliant player and skipper of our 4th team and proved that again with a half century and 2 for 29. However, it wasn’t enough as Three Bridges third team seemed to chase the 200 required with a minimum of fuss. The team will need to dust themselves off and go again. We have very competitive and experienced cricketers in that group and they won’t give in.
In Youth Team news our U10s played out a fantastic game against Southwick on Saturday morning. In a tense game Nomads came out on top with manager Joe Munro saying ‘ top performances with bat ball and in the field’. On Sunday our Under nine’s just couldn’t quite hold to Lewes Priory away. According to the manger it was a thrilling game of cricket to watch. Huge congrats to all.
There you have it. Round up number one done and pretty satisfying all around. Have a great week out there and lets look forward to yet another weekend of exciting cricket to come which includes the ECB cup 2nd round and off course our Club BBQ on Saturday evening.
Colin Bowman - 06/05/2019