Our 4th team under the expert guidance of skipper Stephen Oliver travelled north to be at the pretty Vicarage Ground tucked neatly into the Mid Sussex village of Bolney. Many of you would of played at this wonderful ground complete with slope and a well! The pitch looked in great condition with lightning outfield as the grounds took on their hi summer sheen. Bolney won the toss and decided to have a bowl.
Graham Watson opened with quiet authority making sure to block the good balls, especially some excellent yorkers. Adam Rowland, at 4 also batted with patience as the pair tried to build a platform. They gelled nicely for an hour creating a 3rd wicket stand of 77 runs before Graham was bowled for an excellent 40 runs. Adam continued, as his early fortitude paid dividends. He went on to make a inns defining half century including eight 4s and a towing straight six which went right over my head and into the far bushes! After departing for 55 he left a situation which allowed the middle order to have a right old dart at the remaining five overs. Tom Hutch, debut making Tom Barnard and Danny all putting bat to ball bringing the score to a respectable 156 for 8 off 40 overs.
Luke Martin and Kingsley Morris then treated us to one of the best opening stands you are likely to see at any level. They were respectful to the Nomads early push, neatly defending length balls and not brutally swinging across the line at the bad ones. It was all very correct and efficient. There was no lack of effort or skill levels from our attack or fielding. After only 26 overs of chanceless cricket Bolney were over the line and collecting a well deserved 28 points.
After the game Stephen said ‘they (the two openers) played really well and didn’t give us a chance and their bowling was quite tight. We fielded with a lot of energy and both Graham and Adam batted well for us. Its always a difficult place to get a result here. As to the season he said ‘ We are finding it hard to get stability in the side, but we go again next week at home. We hope to start the 2nd half of the season by getting back to winning ways’
Bowman said ‘many thanks to Bolney for hosting, the ground is looking as pretty as a picture. Congrats on a commanding win and good luck for the remainder of season 2022. Our 4s put in a decent performance with both bat and ball, Adam grabbing my Nomads Man of the Match award. As a club let’s get right behind the 4s Nomad spirit and try to get availability sky high for Saturday 9th July. Our 4s need your expertise and experience so that we can achieve a moral boosting win at home (don’t forget a brilliant tea awaits!!!!!) Don’t leave Stephen scrabbling around on Friday Night !!!!