Let’s Wrap up 20th July and preview next Saturday
Good evening Nomads. As this piece is being loaded to the Club website our Players Evening, organised by Terri and David, should be in full swing. I look forward to hearing all about it when the dust ‘settles.’ Our social occasions this season have been a resounding hit so tonight’s event should go with a real bang.
There is a lot to catch up on in terms of competitive cricket and there is a big Saturday to look forward to on 27th July. Let’s get right to it.
1st Team Win One and loss One
Last Saturday Dan and his team travelled to the wonderful setting of Horsham CC who are currently fighting for their Sussex Prem lives. Allowing for the ‘injured animal’ aspect of the fixture Nomads had to stave off a fierce reaction from the hosts to run out convincing winners. Nav was perhaps the hero with two important wickets and a rapid fire 40 not out late in the day. Horsham scored a competitive total of 221 thanks largely to a 91 from their Sussex CCC hopeful Tom Clarke. That total was never enough as the Nomad batting line up were in Rolls Royce mode. The Skipper, Harrison and Dom S all contributing very nicely.
On Sunday at Findon CC our boys progressed into the semi-final of the Sussex T20 Cup at the expense of Middleton. Nav completed a good weekend with three wickets for 20. Chasing 136 wasn’t a problem especially as Nathan Poole hit 49 not out. We march into the semi-final on 11th August with confidence.
The boys were back at home against Eastbourne Cc today and perhaps the omens of a bad day in the office started early in the game. Natham Poole was batting well but copped a strange but excellent catch at third man. The fielder wasn’t on the ropes but then took off like a scolded cat dived full length and grabbed two inches off the floor. Nathan was gutted as was the press officer. Skipper Dan P scored a wonderful 86 not out as we battled to 226 for 7. In reply Eastbourne just dug in with Johnson and Lenham scoring most of the runs. The visitors eventually took full honours.
On 27th July we travel to the Nevill (11.30pm) for perhaps a pivotal match in terms of our Sussex Prem credentials. Brighton have been extremely competitive this season and are currently hunting Roffey down for the Championship. Matt Machin is the standout name but keeper Crosby has recently hit a ton down the order. J Goldstraw was in the wickets against Eastbourne.
We have a recent wound to heal against these guys as they beat us at HQ on 25th May. Its sure to be a cracker with a little spice mixed in. I just feel that if we can turn them over it will put us as the main Roffey threat. Please get down there in big numbers to cheer the boys on.
2nd team Mercurial.
Our 2nd team were on a massive winning streak under skipper Ed S. Last Saturday they neatly avenged an early season bloody nose against Rye. Liam 90 odd and Oliver G 60 were the stand out batters in a strong total of 277 off 45 overs. Rye did threaten occasionally but when you have the likes of Kash bowling two for 27 off nine we were always in control.
Today they travelled to the Saffron’s where Eastbourne applied a double blow to the Nomads. Eastbourne scored 221 off 45 overs with Christie getting 4 wickets. Wright 77 and Gatting 70 looked to have the boys on track. But then disaster struck as the wheels came off the batting. Our twos winning streak comes to an end.
Next Saturday they host Brighton here at HQ 12.30 start. They are currently 3rd in the Sussex Division Three so it should prove to be a difficult match for Ed and his squad.
3rd Team look for Promotion
David and his 3rd team squad are still looking for some consistency to back up their obvious Sussex division 5 promotion claims. Last Saturday they were us against tough opposition in Mid Sussex against Cuckfield. D Sear got the hosts off to a flyer with an opening ton as they scored 261. We batted well in reply but couldn’t quite get over the line. Michael Bell top scored 47.
Today they were battling it out against Ifield at home where Downey, Khan and Bell all batted well as the team scored 218 . In reply the skipper himself took three wickets as the visitors crashed to 136 all out. Dave if you are reading. Very proud of you all!
Next Saturday the boys travel to Plumpton for what surely is a must win game in terms of promotion chances.
4th Team Hanging Tough Sussex Division 8
Last Saturday Justin and lads found it tough going against Hurstpierpoint. The skipper did pick up 4 wickets as we bowled and fielded well. Chasing 182 to win we fell a little short even though Isaac Swan scored 51 runs.
Today, they travelled to Horsted Keynes as did I. It might have been a low scoring game, but spectators were treated a very exciting afternoon. However, in close games such as this it hurts more when you lose. We bowled them out for 118. In reply our top order struggled a bit but Danny and Carter (dad and son combo) put us back in with a chance. As we edged closer Ian J gave it the big one and got caught on the ropes ending a tense run chase 10 runs short. Stephen Oliver gave a frank summing up of the frustration creeping into the 4th team vibe. See on twitter and whataapp.
Next Saturday they host Plumpton 2s on the south square 1.30 start. They beat us away on 25th April so it will be time to exact some revenge. There is no getting away from the fact that Justin and his squad are in the relegation battle. However, these guys are super competitive, and you feel they will have enough to survive.
Have a great week and lets look forward to some scintillating cricket to come on Saturday. I am lucky enough to be on the Brunswick tour to Lancashire with Jason and Andy. We set off early in the morning with the first match at the Northern Club before checking into a Southport Hotel. But will be looking forward to our spicy Nevill encounter on Saturday.
See you there.
Colin Bowman - 20/07/2019