Welcome to the business end of 2023 where all four Senior teams still have opportunities to realise their Sussex League dreams and aspirations. As a club we started 23 like a steam train and in mid June our Ones and Twos both shared top spot in their respective divisions. Unfortunately, July wasn’t our best friend as our league form dipped and we suffered a couple of rain outs. It’s meant that our League dreams of silverware and promotion are now dependant on a very strong finish. In fact 16 wins from 16 games are required.
Let’s preview 11th August (Light rain might be around late morning)
Nav and the Ones face their traditional tough away trip to St Hill EG. It’s a match up that is always played in a fierce competitive spirit. Sussex Prem 11am start 50 overs each. Tomorrow won’t be any different as EG will also be looking to reignite their title tilt. After two recent rain outs and a draw against Roffey they find themselves 38 points behind leaders Cuckfield. EG field an ultra strong team and you know your in for a hard assignment when facing names like Harry Finch, Leo Cammish, Tom Haynes (skipper) Will Adkin, Tom Hinley and the Hatchett’s. With the League going back to the 50 over format its winner takes all. And you feel a loss for either team might end their 2023 Sussex Title hopes
Twos Host Seaford 12.30 Div 3 45 overs each.
Our Twos will be looking to reignite their Div 3 play off chances against a Seaford team who will be looking over their shoulder. We beat them at the Salts earlier in the season. Their last win came on the 15th July when William Lucas scored a ton and then wickets were shared as they smashed Ansty. But recent poor results (including rain outs) have them sitting third from bottom. It’s a must win game for James and his crew if they want to keep their play off hopes alive.
Fas and Threes at home to Keymer Div 6 1pm start 40 overs each.
Its now or never for our Threes in their quest for back to back promotions. They face a Keymer team who will be quite disappointed with their faltering position in the league. Just three wins have them third from bottom and looking anxiously back. But that might mark them down as being very dangerous! Our Threes have had a well-documented problem with extras this season a feature that has derailed a few excellent performances. They will need to get that right tomorrow in order to take a much-needed victory.
Fours at Staplefield Div 9 1pm start 40 overs each.
Our hosts are having a wretched season and find themselves rock bottom of Div 9. Last week they conceded that was after scoring just 94 and 71 in the previous games. They are a proud club with a long tradition and lovely village ground. But our 4s will need to go there and get the job done. Lose this and their promotion hunt will be over.
Ones Go to Roffey on Sunday T20 Cup Semi Final 2pm.
A place at Hove is up for grabs as Nav takes the Ones to Roffey on Sunday. It should prove to be an exciting occasion and all support will be welcome.
I will be at the Womens Aig Open tomorrow with Mrs Bowman but wish you all the best of luck in 4 very important games. We still have a lot to play for over the next four weeks. Let’s get to it Nomads!