There was a lot of hype surrounding Eastbourne’s inns of 22 against Brighton ahead of yesterday’s Saffron’s encounter. Thankfully, for both teams to be honest, a repeat was never on the cards and an excellent game of cricket ensued. Some top-quality batting from Harrison Ward and Nathan Poole and then robust and sustained intensity in the field. Plus a world class moment were more than enough for Nomads to notch their 3rd league win on the trot.
On an even pitch, which had some nice bounce and quick outfield our top order made the most of conditions. The Nomad score rattled along very nicely especially as EB were in benevolent mood with extra’s. 26 in the 1st 5 overs!. Nathan played the perfect opening inns with a deep 45 runs. He supported both Usman and Harrison well turning the strike and seeing off the pace attack. The batting highlight of the day came from the blond bombshell Ward who demonstrated his Sussex CCC claims with a hugely entertaining 77 runs in double quick time. On his departure Nomads were 163 for 2 and looking good. It was about this time that EB introduced former Kent professional James Hockley into the attack with his brand of on the money deliveries. His figures of four for 35 signalled a disappointing period of the game for skipper Dan and his middle order. However, Oliver Seymore Gatting played a very sensible knock at eight of 20 not out as the score went to 257 all out off 44 overs.
It is safe to say that the boys were quite hyped in the field from ball one. The EB openers Hockley and Johnson faced an onslaught from Owen and especially Nav from the pavilion end. However, there was tangible relief all around the Saffrons as the scored past 22 with out loss. With both openers set Nav then produced a moment of clarity which was really needed at the time. Hockley drove at Nav’s ball and it was motoring 6 inches off the ground. Somehow Nav got down and snapped it up one handed and clung on as he fell to earth. All his teammates mobbed him and to be honest it was the best catch I have ever seen. World class and a privilege to see it.
However, that didn’t signal any kind of EB collapse and in fact they became more and more competitive. Ben Barter 54 looked to be carrying the main threat as the got to 188 for 7. Over the years Nomads have probably had to thank Owen K for getting vital wickets and he did it again. Ben mistimed a drive straight up which, after umpire’s review, Will Collard’s great catch was allowed to stand. Dom and Harrison (4 for 46) then moped up the tail for an outstanding victory.
Bowman said ‘ I gave him a bit of stick yesterday but young Dan is proving to be a positive and progressive skipper for our club. He is getting a fine tune out of all the players and it seems they are all enjoying the vibe and are singing from the same song sheet. Its early season stuff but signs are there for us all to start dreaming’ ‘Harrison Ward in normal circumstances would be getting my Mom award but as a big soppy fan you are sometimes bowled over by one moment of sheer brilliance. So fine me if you want my MOM goes to Nav for that world class catch!’
Colin Bowman - 19/05/2019