First Team Rampant at home. 2s 3s and 4s all lose.
Week two of the 2019 league campaign will live long into the memory for our 1st team as they secured a crushing victory against a strong Horsham side. More on this later but the message is of some Rolls Royce cricket.
The main report comes from 5000 miles east (well 50 miles) and the beautiful town of Rye which just about clings onto East Sussex status. Our twos, fresh from victory last week, would have travelled in confident mood and were looking to skipper Oliver Gatting to inspire them to more glory at the Salts.
In reality, having chosen to bat the match was all over with in the first 7 overs. Our top order reduced to six for just 9 runs. Rye were all over us from the 1st delivery and it was Shafi (after a ton last week) who bore the brunt of a wonderful first over from Altaf Ahmad (4 for 19). Beat the bat, beat the bat, beat the bat, nearly a run out after being sent back and then snick to keeper 5th ball. Hosts go nuts. In the next over young seamer Tobias Farrow had the dangerous Hugo Shephard trapped LBW for 2 que more high celebration. So it went on. Veteran James McKemey got the best ball of the day on nought. The perfect yorker from Tobias. Adam O’Brien scored 22 down the order as the score moved on to 75 all out.
As always Stephen Rig is very competitive at all levels and in any situation. This time he gave Rye a few very nervous moments on the way to three for 16 off eight. In his 7th over he created back to back half chances which were both spurned. Had they stuck this report might and I use that word strongly might have had a different stance.
Oliver Gatting admitted later that Nomads had let themselves down with the bat but will looking forward to putting things right next Saturday.
Bowman says ‘first of all I apologise for the subjecting the team to my rain dance, I was hoping to take a draw back to the SCMG. On that score rain did fall in short sharp bursts and for me that brought out the best in Rye. These guys have to do all the work themselves, covers on, covers off and rolling. It was hard work out there. Huge congratulations to Rye for hosting at your wonderful home facility and your win. With your team spirit and bowling attack you could be very dangerous in this league. We shall be very much looking forward to meeting up with you guys again on 13th July at the SCMG. Expect something rather different!
1st Team skipper Dan Phillips had his team firing on all cylinders at the SCMG when beating Horsham in the Sussex Premier League. Navin bowled extremely well taking 4 for 33 as Horsham struggled to land a blow. Owen and Stuart both weighed in with a brace of wickets. As per my preview our batting line didn’t hang around chasing 153 in a mere 15 overs. Great to see Harrison in the runs.
It was all smiles at HQ from our 1st team but you still feel there is more to come from this extraordinary line up of talent.
The guys are in ECB action today (Sunday 12th May 2019) from 1pm against Brighton. This could be the match of the season thus far with lots of club pride up for grabs. BE THERE!
In a day to forget for our 3s and 4s both teams capitulated to unusual uncompetitive losses. Yosef starred for the 3s at home against Cuckfield with a half century and two wickets. However, we all know that 178 is generally not enough on our gorgeous back lawn and the visitors chased down in 27 overs. That’s two losses and a win for our recovering 3s skipper David Symes (knee) to think about.
At Hurstpierpoint it was always going to be a very tough afternoon for Justin and the 4th team. We scored 99 all out with Phil Standen top score of 30 not out. Openers Mike Thatcher and Simon Tunley chased it down with a minimum of fuss. That’s two defeats in a row for the 4th team and a lot for Justin and his team to ponder.
So other than our 1st team, who rock, it was a disappointing afternoon for the Nomads who pride themselves on being competitive right through the ranks. We caught up with our director of cricket Graham Watson who said ‘ its been a tricky start to the season for availability with four injuries (including David and Kash) and the pressure of exams. We still have a lot of players at school and university. Many thanks to our captains, especially Justin for fielding four sides yesterday. Further positives are that we only have three matches next Saturday (Threes not playing) and then half term weekends will boost availability’
Huge congratulations to Terri ,David and the team for their efforts with the Spring BBQ which was a huge success. Lots of fun through the day and many people in the club house into the evening. Great atmosphere. Lets look forward to more social events during the season.
Colin Bowman - 12/05/2019