As alluded to in our pre match bulletin our U13s and U15s were gunning for that Sussex ECB double double after winning in 2021. They only went and did it !!!!
No Panic For U13s in Three Bridges Scare. 6pm 20 overs a side.
Bridges openers Osman Zahir (31 not out retired) and Kunaal Patel 11 put their team in A one position in chasing down the modest total on 119. Charlie Mist carried on the great work hitting four boundaries as Bridges looked set at 78 for 2 with loads left. All the while Nomads kept their shape and composure in the field. All that concentration then paid off when Ted Hutchingson made a stunning play with a pickup and direct hit to run out the unlucky Mist.
From that moment on there was only going to be one winner as Man of the Match Charlie Davies 2 for 10 and William Davis three for just 7 looked after the death overs.
Earlier in the evening Tate Hector (26) and Rudy Nothcott (31 not out) were the mainstays of a workman like batting performance.
U13s won by 10 runs.
Manager Phil S said ‘ I am very proud of the boys. We perhaps didn’t make as many runs as we should have but we bowled and fielded very well. These guys have been exceptional all season. We now look forward to the next round!’
Catches Win Matches as Nomads U15s Discover in Chi Win. 6pm 20 overs a side
Nomad Openers Stan Tucker (26) and Jack Bunday (41) paved the way for an emphatic 43 run win against a powerful Chi side. Matt Hawke 30 off just 15 and a strike rate of 200 put the icing on a very well-constructed inns of 152 for just four wickets. It was a perfect nerve settler for the huge Nomad army watching from the side lines.
However, Chi were in no mood to roll over and got off to a great start of 27 with out loss. Harry Walker looked determined to see out the inns with a wonderful array of positive strokes and defending when appropriate. Then in perhaps the Champagne moment he lost concentration and skied one to mid on. For all money it looked as if he was going to get away with it. However, Ben Willesden had other ideas as he sprinted in (from Chi itself!!) to dive full length to snaffle a breath taking catch!
From that moment Nomads seem to have upper hand as Matt Hawk secured three for 18 and Alex Kusel two for just 13 runs. Chi ran out of steam as Nomads celebrated.
Bowman says ‘ I love a great match turning catch so huge congrats to Ben. Matt was brilliant through out the game with 30 and three wickets. But my Man of the Match goes to opener Jack Bunday who not only did his job well but settled the nerves and lay the perfect winning foundations.
Manager Rob said after ‘fantastic effort from the chaps tonight against a very strong Chi side. Bens a good fielder and I knew he wouldn’t drop that catch. It’s a brilliant nite for the club, great win from the U13s as well. Its great to be a part of a club like this, I love it!!!’
Going forward both teams now have the exciting prospect of playing teams from other counties. The U15s play the Berkshire Champions while the U13s play the Kent Champions later in the season. We will try to keep you abreast of these occasions.
That’s for the future but for now just a massive thanks to host Matt Parsons and all the staff at Blackstone for looking after us and we send massages of good luck for the rest of the season to Chi and Three Bridges.
Finally, Chairman Paul Hird summed up a brilliant evening ‘Many congratulations to all of those playing, coaching and managing the teams. You are a great testament to our club’!