Round up of 29th June and 6th July
Good morning Nomads hope you are all well and are looking forward to the Chairman’s Eleven match against the Brunswick later today at the SCMG. Action gets underway at 2pm. Follow on social media platforms if you cannot be there.
Having been away it seems that the club have been in excellent form over the past two Saturdays with six wins from eight. Our Twos and Threes have enjoyed back to back wins with the One’s and Four’s picking up a valuable victory in that time. Also, our Ladies enjoyed an exceptional afternoon out in great weather during our inaugural Ladies Day event as organised by Terri and David. This quick report is designed to give a snapshot of what has gone on.
Clean Sweep as Prosecco flowed 29th June.
From all reports a carnival atmosphere was produced at the SCMG under wall to wall sunshine as Ladies Day swung into full party mode. On the north lawn our 1st team put Three Bridges to the sword as the dashing Stuart Faith, no doubt playing to the gallery, secured 4 wickets for just 29 runs. He has worked extremely hard on his game and fully deserves his success. In reply, chasing 150 Nathan Poole scored a very patient not out half century as we ran out comfortable winners. Nathan is quietly getting on with things here at the Nomads as our opener (and he is a great fielder) he is edging himself into the Press Officers player of the year award calculations.
The 3rd team under David Symes also tasted victory on the gorgeous South Lawn when Will Wright stole the limelight with a 84 not out against Barcombe.
Our 2nd team under Ed travelled to Falmer to play Portslade. The 2nd team vibe is mercurial and once again proved too strong running out victorious. Half centuries for Jules, James and player of the week Kash took the score to 283. The hosts rallied to 234 all out as Kash and Shaz took six important wickets.
With everything going on elsewhere perhaps the most impressive victory came at Colemans Hatch for skipper Justin and his 4th team. Our 4th had been under the pump all season but three wins from four has turned their fortunes. As the preamble suggested it was to be a batsman’s paradise. Justin continued his great form (71) accompanied by veteran Graham (41). The pair perhaps made the biggest Nomads opening partnership of 121. In reply the team fielded well. Issac and Ziggy completed a wonderful afternoon with 4 quick wickets between then. Our intrepid online 4th team reporter Andy Garth gave thrilling account on Whatsapp. I hope you all read it !!!!
A CLEAN SWEEP AND A MASSIVE PARTY!
Twos and Threes win Ones and Fours lose on 6th July
Man of the match Liam O’Brien gave the perfect lesson in how to impress when being asked to ‘freshen up’ in the twos. At Seaford he made 71 runs (out of 287 for 9) and took some wickets as Ed’s men carried on a huge winning streak to consolidate top of the league status. Liam won’t be around in early August as he is in Disability World Cup action, but he hopes to have done enough to squeeze back into Ones connection next Saturday. See his interview online. Our Twos are an incredible force at this time packed with experienced and tough cricketers. Plus, they seem to be enjoying their Saturdays playing with swagger and a smile on their faces. None more so than our keeping legend James M. With a two stumpings he is always in the game. With the hosts always in with a shout it was our spinning ace, Stephen Rigg, who mopped up the tail with yet another 5 for. I would also like to mention Owen who continues to impress as opening bowler. He found a great rhythm from the sea end and finished 7 overs one for 7 including three maidens. It was a real pleasure to watch.
Threes finding their feet in Div 5
After a tough start to the season you wouldn’t bet against a promotion campaign for David and his troops. They are now starting to win games and are heading up the table. At home yesterday they completed the double over Balcombe when winning by four wickets. Our fast bowling sensation and Sussex hopeful Christie Heath turned the screws with four for 32 as the visitors stalled 181 for nine. That was chased down with expert ease with Muadh top scoring 43. Personal message to James D, ‘where you in the wars again ? lets catch up’ Cobo.
EG get revenge at SCMG
Our First team completed a battling opening day victory at EG in the ‘tundra’ which was brilliant to watch. Perhaps that gave our visitors the spur needed to record victory in the reverse fixture yesterday. Nathan Poole (that man again) 71 and debutant Dan I (46) were the standout performers on a day to forget for skipper Cannon and his team. Roll on Saturday when things can be put right.
4th team couldn’t press on at Three Bridges. Div 8
After some recent wonderful performances our 4th team, under stand in skipper Ian J, fell away at Three Bridges. Alex, Stephen and Ajaz all got big starts but we failed to get that really big score in 190 all out. The hosts calmly chased down with 6 wickets in hand. Skipper Ian the pick with two wickets.
So there you have a quick round up of the last two weekends. Huge congrats to Terri and David for Ladies Day which was a big success. Well done to Justin and the boys at Colemans Hatch, a fine victory.
We Go Again on Saturday.
Colin Bowman - 07/07/2019