Its a loss at St James but 4ths play with Pride and Conviction. 18/5/2024

Published On: May 19, 2024Categories: News and Reports

Morning Nomads

Our Match of the Day comes from the East pitch at St James in Mid Sussex. Sussex league division 9. 40 overs each competed under cloudy skies with hints of sun breaking through. The game was played in great spirit with a lot of excellent skill sets on show.  St James decided to field and opening bowler Vasanthan Manoharn took out four wickets as Nomads toiled.  Luke G (27) and Stephen Oliver (47) were the main stays of 125 all out off 37 overs.  Nomads gave it everything in the field as Taylor Cox (MOM) bowled 2 for 20 off 8 and young Ted Hutchinson held two stunning catches.  Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as St James held their nerve with Toby Kelly going 39 not out to get over the line 6 wickets down.

Skipper Short said after ‘I am super proud of this team, we never gave up in the field. However our batting total wasn’t enough and going forward we need to bat out the whole 40 overs. We have a lot of young talent in this squad and I am very excited for the rest of the season’

Many thanks to St James for hosting, congrats and good luck.

Luke Owen now sends his entertaining match report.






By Luke Owen 18/5/24

Date; Saturday 18th May 2024
Location; St James’s Montefiore
Opposition; as above.
“The 4s are the most watchable team” said cricket expert and Nomad Legend, Emma Hutchinson at the close of play at St James’s. You think on that Jonty Jenner! With your snorable 146 from 78.
As losses go, this was a good one. The reflective buzzwords during the team debrief at the close of play were; pride, effort and confidence! With a very youthful side the kind words from Cobo were greatly appreciated. We’ll go into next week with far more gained than lost.
With selection shortages throughout the club hierarchy we had the opportunity to bring in some well deserving youngsters with us to Ditchling.
Put into bat on a spongey and liberally cut wicket it was clear we were in for tough first innings as we found ourselves 17-3. No fault to be laid on the batters, the pitch was jumping off a length one ball and smashing ankles the next.
Luke Turkey Loving Griffiths and Stephen Ambivalent about Turkey Oliver steadied the ship with some front foot batting, with a hint of flare (like the cranberry sauce on a well basted turkey). Trick shot of the day from Stephen whom lofted one over midwicket to bounce just shy of the rope, and not make it to aforementioned rope. Ball control more suited to Valhalla this weekend. Good shot for an ambled one.
Another decent total from Luke G then brought in the youthful and/or enthusiastic tail. Ted Hutch has been getting sweeping lessons from Will and not Tom, for shot of the day.
Mal was triggered by Luke G which resulted in his miraculous and effective disappearing act for the tea break and turkey sandwiches. Some say he is still sculking around the St James’s balcony.
Stephen top scored for a very well made 47. In unanimous agreement; nobody enjoyed batting today.
So we set out to defend a modest 125 (and it could have been far worse), there was a sense that we might just do it.
Taylor of Whatsapp infamy made an excellent start! Applying his pace with real control to his swing, the St James’s openers were made to feel very uncomfortable! With one trapped and another poled, his published figures are evidence of the work he’s putting in during the week.
Aeden went without reward for his spell of very controlled outswingers, he is a “watch this space” vibe! His name on the scorecard for a very comfortable catch was well earned on senior debut.
Ollie showed why his big money transfer from St Peters is a smart bit of business. His bamboozingly spell of spin kept us in the game, 6 overs, 3 maidens, 13 for 2 isn’t bad for a junior on debut. Credit goes to Ted Lasso (like the cowboy rope, not the soccer coach) Buckets Hutch, who took two genuine worldies at backward point, one off Ollie the other from the skip. Clearly fielding practice is also with Will in the garden.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all clean catching and an argument could be made; should we have held onto all our chances, we may have had the 30 points. We’ll be turning to Ted during the week for some pointers. Mike Burney surplus to run out drills, what an arm, what a guy!
Unfortunately, St James’s managed to creep across the line, 6 down. We’ll look forward to the return leg at SCMG.
To reiterate the sentiment as I opened with; it’s with great pride I reflect on how we played today and how our first teamers of the future conducted themselves.
As a personal highlight; being the tallest player in the offside ring made me feel 5 ft 7 tall! More Nomads teas fuelled growth spurts on the horizon.
Player of the match; Taylor Cox for a great opening spell.
Duck of the day;
Malorie Short-Billed Skipper, for backing Guildford and allowing the Turkey to umpire.
Champagne moment; either of Ted’s catches. (Two bottles of the Nomads sparkling won’t go amiss at the Shuffle party, Tom!)

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