This week we were away to face Southwick as the second leg of the league had started. we had beaten them on our first encounter and now that we had met again we were placed at the top and Southwick 7th in the league, the hosts were under pressure before even a single ball was bowled.( but that’s only talk before and I am sure they were up to beat us too)
Winning the toss I didn’t hesitate at all and opted to bowl first. Malorie short and my self opened up and were on song as Southwick first 10 overs saw them 37 for 3, mal picked up 2 of them. First change saw GCB replacing Mal and Carter Poynting replacing me. Picked up a quality plum LMB on the very first ball. At the other end GCB bowled 8 straight overs and went for only 20 ( most runs came in the last over and also 1 drop catch sorry and GCB) deserved a lot of wicked as his line and length made the Southwick batsman hard to score. Carter finished up with 7 overs for 30 runs and was also very good and 1 wicked.
Danny then replaced Carter and bowled 6 overs for 34 runs while picking up a wicket, I thought Danny was very very unlucky as 3 of his lbw decisions were turned down.
Adam Rowland then replaced GCB and bowled 5 overs for 35 runs, again Adam was quite unlucky as he should of had 2 wickets easily one of them dropped by me ( sorry Adam)
Southwick managed to loose only 5 wickets and on a very hot day we were able to restrict them to 198 with very good efforts in the field and a lot of energy as always.
Now come the batting Micheal English and GCB opened up the batting, Micheal departed in the very first over from a jaffa delivery, in Came luke Appleton and had a health partnership with GCB . GCB was next to go for 16 as the bowling change came. Next in was our young gun Rudy Northcott who made a very good 13 and full of intent, was quite unlucky to glove one that lifted from length. At number 5 we saw nomads very own ED Salkeild make his very first appearance and a very handy one at that. Luke and ED made the opposition regret every bad ball as it saw the ball disappear to all parts of the ground. Luke Appleton scored a quality made 50 and a couple of overs later edged one to the keeper. nomads still needed 60 odd to win saw my self on the crease with ed. We too did exactly what luke and Ed did and put away all the bad balls that came to us. Needing only 4 runs an over and without losing any more wickets we sailed home quite easily. Having ED ( who ended up with 56* ) at the other end took aot of pressure off,
Nomads chased the target with 9 balls to spare.
To sum it up I am very very proud of the whole team and feel very lucky to have champions to play with each week. On a very hot day every one showed a lot of character, energy and the will to win
BIG AND STRONG NOMADS