League, ECB Cup and T20 Huge Week-End on Horizon

We preview opportunities 15th and 16th.

Busy and Hugely Important Week-End on Horizon. 15th 16th May 2021

League, ECB Cup and Sussex T20 Coming Your Way!  Plus, we look for our 1st League Ton

If ever there was a weekend for Nomads to stand united, Big and Strong then the coming week end certainly fills the bill.  After a  ‘slow’ opening salvo to season 2021 we have a real opportunity to throw down some big markers and get our season off and running.  Seven huge opportunities are presented which, if taken, will positively shape our season.  If we don’t, well let’s not go there. 

Hopefully, all players are chomping at the bit and are looking for places in both the Saturday and Sunday games.  If you haven’t given your availability, please make sure to do it ASAP.  It will help enormously with the selection process.

Just to point out that your Press Officer is looking for the 1st league ton of the season.  He will be all over it!

Its get into it!

Sunday 16th May   1st Team v Middleton away  1st Round of the ECB Cup  1 pm start.

The National ECB Cup is very important to clubs at our level and its an opportunity to showcase PN CC and our beautiful Fulking facility on a National level.  In the early stages we compete in group 15 which is quite local.  If we win either Roffey, Reigate, Banstead, Wimbledon, Esher or Ashtead will be the next opponent on 6th June.  The Group final will then be on 27th June.  Win that and you are into the last 16 in the country. 

Middleton CC 1st team are in Sussex Prem along with our 1st team and like us shared a frustrating afternoon last Saturday when their game against Three Bridges was rained out.  On 1st May they produced an excellent Sussex T20 performance to beat Worthing away then they bowled the hosts for just 68 off 16 overs.  Tommy Davis and Sean Heather both with three wickets a piece.   Three previous friendlies produced losses against Littlehampton on 25th April and Chichester on 24th April.  On 17th April they also lost to Horsham.  Mason Robinson scored 35 in that match with Sean Heather scoring 45 in a total of 231 for 9. 

There isn’t a great deal to go on so far but I would suggest that their batting is the strongest part of their game and thus far they haven’t seen any batting collapses.

It’s a match up that promises to be very competitive from the very first ball and its one that neither team will be giving any quarter. 

Let’s hope our attack bowlers can get right into their top and middle order and strangle for a very low score!    

Saturday 15th May   East Grinstead Cc v Nomads 1st Team    Saint Hill  11.30 start.  50 overs each

For me EG at home have always been highly competitive and quite edgy in their approach.  They have experienced campaigners in their ranks who are EG through and through.  William Adkin as skipper is the linchpin who holds the squad together.   The names roll off, Leo C, Ian S, Lewis H and Bradley H. 

Last weekend their League trip to Hastings was curtailed by rain but they completed a devastating Sussex T20 win against St James on 1st May when scoring 218 for 2.  Cammish with a ton. 

In friendlies the club did lose against Cuckfield on 24th April and beat West Chilts on 17th April. William Taylor with 4 for 38 off 7. 

We will need to be at our very best and then calmly roll with doing the basics right most of the time.  If we bat first let’s concentrate on getting our top order in and building a significant platform.  Its time for a that huge score!!

Sat 15th Twos at Home v St James Montefiore   SCMG   Sussex Division 2    12.30  45 overs each.

 Our 2nd team under skipper James McKemey put in a good performance against Mayfield and they will be looking for improvement to gain that 1st League victory in 2021.    As we have already seen St James were crushed in the Sussex T20 but they came out all guns blazing in the League.  They hosed up against Billingshurst at home when Michael Murray took 4 for 30 and Henry cope took 3 for 17.  In reply Hector Loughton served up 74 not out as the hosts chased 129 with ease. 

Its hard to know how good that victory was but you get the feeling that they will be good with both bat and ball.  Hopefully our 2nd team will more than match them to take victory.

Sat 15th 3rds in ‘The Field’ at Poynings CC 1st.   It’s a Derby !!   Sussex Div 6  1pm  40 overs each

Skipper David Symes and his team make the two mile trip to Poynings for a 40 over match. He will be the first to admit that we will need to vastly improve our batting performance.

There isn’t a huge amount to go on for the hosts to be honest. They haven’t played in the Sussex T20 yet plus their 1st League game was rained off. 

However, there are important bragging rights to be had a plenty and let’s hope our Third team can make the most of that Poyning’s ‘rust’.   

Sat 15th Cowden make trip from Kent Border to play our 4th team    SCMG   Sussex Div 8   40 overs a side.

After a tough encounter with Palmers our 4th team are back in action on the South Square.   Cowden are also a side that seem to lack match practice as their 1st league game was called off (rain).  There only action a friendly on  24th April where they lost to Ide Hill.  Mike Whitehead 56 and Sam Rickets starred in a total of 181 for 9. Andy Hancock 2 for 30 the pick of the bowlers. 

Sun 16th  3rd Team in Sussex Plate Action 1st Round  at St Matthias Sussex Uni  2pm   T20

David Symes and his team finally kick off their Sussex T20 campaign with the Nomads T20 laurels resting on their shoulders.   There isn’t a lot to go on in terms of form for the hosts.  Except to suggest they need to bounce back from a bad start in the league against Scaynes Hill.  St M scored 108 all out with Aaron Hasan top scoring.  Michael Crowter 3 for 35 made it difficult for Hill but they eventually took victory 8 down.

Come on Nomads lets roll the dice and get the job done, we all love a bit of T20!

Sun 16th  U15s in ECB Action  v Chichester U15s    10am  SCMG    T20

It’s a huge day for our U15s as they take on Chi in this National Competition.  They started brightly with a league victory against St Peters on 10th May.  In contrast Chi have yet to hit a ball in anger as their league hasn’t started just yet.

You will all join me in sending a huge message of good luck to U15s Manager Julian Musto and his team and say ‘go Nomads!’

Well, there it all is, seven exciting opportunities.  We will be doing our best to keep you right up to date with what is going on.  The main feeds will be coming from EG on Saturday, our U15s Sunday morning and then from Middleton that afternoon.  Please keep peeled to the group whattsapp and club twitter site plus see a full round up to this website early next week.

Good Luck

Cobo

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