Jersey International Jonty Jenner was in sparkling form smashing a six and 11 boundaries on route to a headline 77 off just 89 balls batting at 4. Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough as Nomads 1s fell to a four wicket Sussex Premier League loss in Crawley.
An unscheduled but short rain shower accompanied the toss as dark clouds hung over the ground. The air feeling quite heavy. It was a good toss to win which the hosts duly did and asked the Nomads to bat. Poole and Lion Cachet padded up and went out at 11.30 with 58 overs ahead of them. Golding and Brown did get some nice movement as the ball nipped around. Both openers got starts but Golding sent down an accurate peach with Nathen on 16. The ball needed to be played and an edge was found. Slip fielder, Thorn Parkes reacted quickly to take a smart catch. Then just moments later Josh Clarkson was on his way after offering up a catch to bowler who gleefully clung on. Nomads were 22 for 2.
Jenner and Lion Cachet then set about rebuilding as both settled in for the long haul. Zach played a solid innings clearly enjoying his opening role. He made some lovely attacking shots including three boundaries but also mixed that with some solid defence. Jenner quickly found his rhythm, timing some lovely ground strokes for four. It turned out to be the most promising segment of the match for the Nomads as they made a 76 partnership. Zach hit 35 before being adjudged LBW the score on 97 for 3. Relative calm amongst the Nomads was destroyed as Jaedyn and Stuart Faith fell in quick succession. The score teetering on 110 for 5.
Musto and Jenner again restored serenity as they pushed the score past 150 for 5. It was then a bit of a surprise when the faultless Jenner was bowled. He rapped his bat against a pad in frustration. Even though Joe Musto eventually carried his bat for 28 the Nomad innings faltered as the normally reliable tail failed to ignite. After just 44 overs of the allotted 58 Nomads had to settle on 174 all out. Bridges will be very pleased at a miserly 3 extra’s being offered!
Nomads made a decent start as Musto took a nice catch from his skipper who was steaming in. Sam Cooper had to go on just 2. Russell and Golding got the score to 69 for 4. Nomad strike bowlers Patel 2 for 44 off 13 and Clarkson 2 for 44 off 10 gave it there all for the cause. However, Joe Walker not out 60 and Luke Bellars 50 found some lovely form as the pair gelled to bring the scores level with a 100 partnership. It took 43 overs for Bridges to cross the line and pick up a well-received home victory and 30 important league points.
Congratulations to Three Bridges, thanks for hosting and good luck for the season. Jenner receives the Nomads Man of the Match award. The team are again on the road next Saturday as they go to Eastbourne.