A blustery day accompanied our worst day of the season and this column today is a painful write. However, lets get on with it.
Division 3 Champagne Celebrations to Stay Firmly on Ice.
Huge congrats go to Bexhill CC as they completed an excellent win against our 2nd team at the Polegrove. In doing so the door to Sussex Division 3 glory has been left, ajar.
On winning the toss Ed decided to have a bat. In normal Polgrove circumstances, ie ball coming on and lighting outfield, it was the right thing to do. Yesterday was different, the pitch a little sticky and outfield a little lush. Batting was quite tough.
Opener Jules (13) got his head down well but couldn’t play his normal free flowing style. He chipped back to the bowler. Alisdair Wilson batted very well and made a great start and was looking to press on until trapped LBW for 27. Not for the first time this season that man Oliver Seymore Gatting batted superbly well. He and Ed (22) made an excellent 5th wicket stand of 52 valuable runs. Once Ed departed it was left to Owen (8) and Stephen (13) to see home a competitive score of 193 all out in 44.5 overs. Gatting, Nomads Man of the Match, was out LBW for an an excellent 76 last ball of the inns.
Tea taken and yours truly tweeting that he thought we had enough. WRONG!
In perhaps the most telling passage of play openers Liam and Cameron (MOM) batted superbly for a sustained period taking the score to 80 without loss. Ed mixed it up on the bowling front but the Bexhill openers stood firm to create a sturdy platform. Wilson found some Nomad magic with a direct hit run out as three quick wickets fell. However, Andrew Hodd (52 not out) was in no mood to let things slide. Bexhill running out comfortable winners just four down in the 42nd over.
Despite gale force winds both teams showed excellent skill sets and the game was played in a very good spirit. The players very happy to sit together for a beer in the clubhouse. Ed congratulated the hosts on a good win but was defiant for the destiny of the championship, ‘we win the last three games we win it’ See full interview on social media. Oliver was pleased to score 76 but wished it had of been in a winning cause. See his interview on social media.
Many thanks to Bexhill for hosting and a nice tea. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Cuckfield at the Double !
Cuckfield CC completed an unlikely double over the Nomads first team at the SCMG. The Mid Sussex had been struggling of late and were third from bottom. Ludlow and Sear completed an excellent stand of 87 before the inform Marcus Campopiano bludgeoned a 66 ball 86 with 5 sixes. Harry Clark hit 44 as they rested on 255 for 8 off 50 overs. Kash the stand out bowler 3 for 39. Nicholas Beck, making his debut getting two wickets.
In reply Dan Phillips applied himself well with a skippers inns of 61 but in truth three early catches from keeper Campopiano had done untold damage to the reply. Sussex CCC paceman Sakande had a great day.
Nomads pace bowler Nav tried to rescue things with an excellent 29 batting at 9 but the game was lost by 50 odd runs.
Extraordinary win for Ansty!
Third team skipper David Symes will still be scratching his head his morning wondering how this one got away.
Field a strong team tick
Play at home tick
Bat well as a unit tick
Enjoy a Jan Smith tea tick
Have the oppo 5 down for three runs!! tick
Win the game Cross
With the bat Nomads were very compact scoring a competitive 200 for 8 off the allotted. Runs shared nicely around with Luis Venter top score 38.
Then Baataaj quickly wrecks the Ansty top order with 4 very quick wickets . At five for three runs where would you money go? But Chris Nutter 76 and Daniel Belfort 84 staged one of the most remarkable turn arounds our south square has ever seen. The visitors stormed home in 36 pulsating overs.
Massive congrats to the Ansty boy but a real hammer blow for the Nomads on home soil.
Dropped catches stall 4s progress at St Matthias.
Our 4th team under the guidance have been in great form of late and would have wanted to press on at St Matthias (Patcham).
Our intrepid 4th team writer Andy Garth gives an entertaining yet brutal account of how important taking your catches is.
Fourth Team Report
“Catches win matches.....9 dropped ones don’t “ Windy and grey in the Horsdean Bowl we lost the toss and made to field. Now the 3s got Radford and we got Andy Smith! Good news it was his turn to babysit so we got the bonus of Smudge(for those of you who don’t know that’s David Smith)for his first game in two years. His kit came out of the loft and had the slight smell of mildew but as ever he still good! Another casualty was Jeffers(get well soon)so Dennis(who usually umpires)had to keep and John Strickland(who usually scores)had to bowl. So after last weeks youth policy we were back to age and experience with an average age of the team being approx 55, so with bus passes and teeth in the valuables bag we began. The openers plodded along and at 18 overs were 73 without loss then I took a possible contender for the catch of the year(1 handed!)off a rust but still got it D Smith. All the bowlers struggled then David got his 2nd and 1 for Justin, 91-3 off 21. Now back to the drops Smith D x 2(lack of match practice) Smith A x 1 ( never was going to get to it) Jona x1 ( wasn’t warmed up and hadn’t had his nap) Pancho x1(he is in his 70s) Dennis x1 ( again hi is in his 70s but he did have gloves on Oliver S x 1 ( he didn’t have his gloves on as he usually does) Me x 1 ( had my glory moment and wasn’t allowed 2) Isaac x 1( now this was double upsetting as Jona was adamant that Isaac should be in a certain position as he was our best fielder.... he may be but he then dropped one in said position!! We bowled some rubbish pies and basically let their batsmen get to 236 without further loss(including a 100 for their lovely keeper(ironic). Tea... pick your own and make your own rolls( if only Jan had been there supporting her family) We then batted....well Justin did 36 and Smudger showed us some of his class with a quick 44, Dylan was unlucky to be run out on a free hit( not sure about that one) They didn’t drop a bloody thing and most annoying for me was that I was caught by a contender for their catch of the season!!! We ended up on 131 all out and need to pull our socks up for next weeks home fixture Jona is away next week so we possibly could do with his screen understudy-Silver Fox 2? and not put Justin through the pressure of not being able to select a team until the day of the game. At least Brighton won which stopped Andy S being even more upset although West Ham’s destruction just made Jona even more grumpy even after his nap. Onwards and upwards to next Saturday at SCMG
There you go Nomads a tail of woe on Saturday 10th August. WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT!
Onwards and Upwards.
Colin Bowman - 11/08/2019