Good Morning Nomads hope the week is progressing well. I guess the major talking point is England v Australia on Thursday. All eyes will be on Edgbaston from 10.30 onwards. Come On England!!!
Having just checked the BBC weather site it looks set to be another fine weekend with sunny spells and temps getting up to 24 degrees. Quite perfect for an exciting and important batch of fixtures including our 1st team in Sussex T20 Cup action at wonderful Findon CC (BN14 0RJ). In this report we also take a quick look at our U12s, U13s and U15s who still have chances to win their respective leagues.
Lets get into it!
1st Team Skipper Dan and his squad travel to the hugely pretty surrounds of traditional foes Horsham CC (11.30 Start). The ground is quite lovely and both teams have played out some real battles in the past. I recall an exciting Nomads victory (2013) when Joe Gatting (90 odd not out) held the top order together chasing down a big target. This season has turned into a bit of a struggle for the hosts and inexplicably they currently hold a Sussex Prem relegation birth. The one recent bright spot was when beating in-form Brighton on 29th June. Sussex CCC opening bat Tom Haines scored 92 not out as Horsham chased 224 runs. H Kalsi picked up four wickets that day.
As for Dan and his troops there is no escaping a bad day in the office at the SCMG last weekend and it’s a certainty they will want to put that right. We send a very strong team to Cricket Field Lane and while Horsham will be fighting for their lives it should be the Nomads who will be singing at the top of their voices later in the afternoon.
A win on the road for Dan!
A chance of revenge for the twos v Rye. 12.30 start North Square
Everything about our long trip to Rye went against us from the weather to some poor shot selection. It still stands as our first and only bloody nose at this level and being there I knew it hurt.
Since that match on 11th May our 2nd team, under Ed, have gone from strength to strength and are currently enjoying a long winning streak. Its not surprising that the players operate with a huge smile and swagger on the field. It’s truly is a joy to watch.
As for Rye they were at it again last week at their Salts ground bowling Portslade for just 30 runs. A Armad securing 6 wickets for 11 in the process.
That slight worry aside Ed and his side to roll on!
Third Team at Cuckfield, Mid Sussex 2nd Pitch 1.00 pm start.
After two stunning back to back home victories David S and his third team will travel to Mid Sussex in confident mood. After a difficult start in Division 5 the squad can actively start to look towards a promotion spot come 31st August.
Cuckfield 2s have been in imperious form this season and currently top the division with 8 wins to their name. However, confidence would be been rocked slightly last weekend at St James. After scoring a decent number of runs (Galbraith-Gibbons 80) wheels seemed to fall off with the ball and the hosts chased down 229 with relative ease.
Its going to be tough but if David and the team can pick up hat trick of wins then Saturday could be the real fulcrum of a very positive season.
4th Team at home to Hurstpierpoint 1pm start.
Justin’s 4th team had been through the mill early season, but recent wins have taken them way outside the Division 8 relegation zone which is great news. However, they will need all that confidence on Saturday when 2nd placed Hurstpierpoint visit our beautiful South Square. Point are very competitive having won their last three matches on the trot. Plus, they will be well rested as last Saturdays match was cancelled. Obviously, Matt P will be dangerous with the ball and Myles Burrows has recently scored some big runs.
If Justin and his squad can turn on the Colemans Hatch win vibe then its game on and we could be in for a very tight finish. We need to be at our very best to prevail.
Sunday 14th T20 Trophy at Findon CC 3pm start .
We all want to go to Hove for T20 Finals day on 8th September but first we have to concentrate on beating either hosts Findon or Middleton on Sunday in the quarter final. Its tough to predict anything in T20 cricket but I know that Dan wants to go as far as possible. Please turn up in big numbers to cheers the boys on. The postcode is BN14 0RJ and it’s a lovely place to watch cricket.
Junior Cricket short update.
Our U12s, U13s and U15s all have big chances in winning their respect league this season.
The u12s under managers Rob and Louis have two more games travelling to Ditchling on 15th July and playing Newick at home on 22nd July.
The U13s under Julian Musto have four games to go but the massive fixtures are St Peters at home on 18th July and Ditchling away on 8th August. Win these and the boys are in total control.
The U15s under Danny Poynting are probably least favourites for their league. They have two remaining fixtures, St James at home 15th July and Henfield away 22nd July which will need to be won and then figures crossed for other results.
Well there you have it. Mrs Cobo , Crumble and I will be on vacation in Fowey, Cornwall as from Friday but will be back on 20th July. Like me, please keep glued to our social media platforms for updates and final scores.
Lets hope for a Clean Sweep, a T20 victory, Juniors to keep winning and England to win the World Cup on Sunday! Not much to ask for ahhh?
Colin Bowman - 10/07/2019