Huge congrats to all Nomad connections on a very successful weekend for the club where no less than four major wins were produced. We are trending in the right direction! Before we pick up with the four skippers here with the highlights.
At the SCMG a low scoring thriller was played out against Hastings in the Sussex prem. Nomad runs were hard to come by against a solid and robust attack but your Skipper and AOB put on a valuable and perhaps match winning last wicket stand of 31. In reply you can not keep Owen Kernan out of the news. His four for 15 off 8 was top class and worthy of a ‘Bowman Man of the Match award’. On Sunday it was plain sailing against Bexhill in the Sussex T20 Cup. Danny I seems to be completely over his shoulder injury scoring 45 not out. From all at the club we send Danny best wishes as he goes back into Sussex CCC 1st team contention.
At The Salts our twos picked up another win. Captains James M led from the front with a brilliant half century including four 6s. Runs were neatly spread in 268 for 7. Ziggy proved very frugal up top bowling six overs for just 13 runs.
Ian Jones is still and will always be a legend here at PNCC. His 3 for 16 off eight broke the East Grinstead resolve as the 3s win at home. Zayn Khan (41 n.o.) calmly steering the team home.
Oscar Sheffield scored 61 and Danyal Asad took three for 35 for the 4th team in a loss at Forrest Row.
Remarkable Win! writes 1st team skipper Navin Patel
We capture two East Sussex Scalps.
It was a very successful Jubilee weekend for the Nomads 1st XI with the boys enjoying two hard fought victories!
Saturday saw us clash with Hastings. They have a very well balanced bowling attack and bowled well against us on a tricky, turning pitch.
We battled hard for our 124 runs. We started our defence with fire and energy with all bowlers bowling exceptionally well to specific plans. There was relentless pressure from both ends and this ultimately led to us bowling Hastings out for 94. A remarkable victory and a much needed 30 points!
Owen picked up 4 wickets, Myself 3, Bertie 2 and Biz 1.
Sunday saw us play Bexhill in our next T20 Cup match.
Our bowlers bowled with the same energy and skill and Saturday restricting Bexhill to 98 off their 20 overs.
Bertie picked up 3 wickets, myself 2, Owen 2, Biz & AOB 1 each.
Danny Ibrahim then expertly anchored our chase finishing 45* as we chased their score in the 18th over. We now play Haywards Heath in the Quarter final on July 10th.
Always pleasing to have a weekend of two victories!
We look forward to our home clash on Saturday with table toppers East Grinstead. Should be a great match!🔥🏏
Lots to be Happy About! Twos win at the Salts by James M
We won the toss at the Salts and chose to bat, on the advice of our local knowledge source, Stu Pulford. Amazingly the whole game was streamed live and can be watched again via the scorecard/YouTube.
But for a truly bizarre lapse second ball from GCB, we batted with great control. OG and Mani working nicely together as both made it to 37 before both would depart. Chris Borsoi impressed on 2nd team league debut scoring a pretty 28 before getting a bit of a rough one. And Jiyah impressed again with 40. Taken together this gave a good ~200 platform to have a bash in the last few. Said bash was fruitful, Adam Ibrahim‘a last ball ramp shot the highlight, and we wound up 268/7.
A tight, if wicketless start from Pulford and Ziggy meant Seaford were behind the rate throughout. When wickets began to fall it was to the spinners, Baalaaj (1/57), Mani (3/40), Adam Ibrahim (2/58) and Muadh (1/32). Mani the pick on the day and extraordinarily unlucky not to get the centurion Smith very early on. However, Smith batted v well, aided by some sloppy fielding and he nearly made a game of it before a Stu Pulford brace (2/34) put a lid on the game at the end.
A good win, and lots to be happy about, but we need to finish better. This one nearly got ugly.
3s Confidence was High ahead of East Grinstead Win
We were high in confidence after a high quality run chase a week before. We faced east Grinstead, lost the toss and were put into field. I didn’t mind that as I would have chosen to bowl first if the toss went our way.
Our opening spell from imran was economical as ever and followed by young felix Venter who bowled with pace bounce and also picked up a wickets. Jonah replaced imran and put a stop to the opposition runs as he bowled out his 8 overs from one end and picking up 4 wickets. Sam mastu who replaced felix from the other end also bowled well and picking up 2 wickets. Imran then came back and replaced jonah and took the final 2 wickets as east Grinstead were bowled out for 113 on the 33rd over.
Our second innings started with ever dependable opening pair of Micheal English and kamran mirza, they as always gave us a good start and put early pressure of EG bowling attack. After departure of Micheal and kamran. Zayn Khan and young rudy Northcott joined the crease and chased all the runs down with 8 wickets in hand. , zayn 41* and rudy 18*.
It was a comprehensive victory and we moved forward and look forward to meeting Hurstpierpoint in our next outing
4th XI vs Forest Row. We need a Lift! writes Captain Stephen O
Saturday 4 June 2022
A difficult day dawned. Weather was wet overnight, and we would be playing on a weather exposed wicket. Forest Row were 2nd in the league, whereas Nomads despite a win in the first game of the season, were definitely at the opposite end of the table. Welcome to the 4 debutants in the team; but playing with 3 under 13 players (and 3 over 50!) – a tough day beckoned.
The skipper pondered the tactics to follow. However, this was all entirely moot, the coin toss (again) favoured the opposition, and the skipper had zero input. Nomads to bat. Unfortunately, Nomads were quickly 3 down with few runs on the board as the bowlers found swing and variable bounce.
However, Ombaashi, Oscar and Ronan showed application and pieced together a recovery. Oscar Sheffield putting together a relaxed looking 50. Unfortunately, the variable bounce in the pitch, combined with an accurate spin bowler meant that the pressure for runs mounted and our lower order batting was snuffed out by the opposition. A total of 138 on the board.
Danyal and Oscar opened up the bowling response. Both showed intent and the opposition had scored 30 at the end of 8 overs. Then a breakthrough, a yorker from Danyal. This bought the very dangerous opposition captain to the crease. But the bowling remained determined and despite the scoring rate increasing, focus and energy in the field bought about a run-out; then a great catch by Ombaashi on the boundary saw the dangerman removed. This was immediately followed by Danyal clean bowling the replacement. 15 overs gone and 69-4; Nomads were not out of the game.
Young Charlie took an excellent knee height catch with a somewhat ‘senior’ attitude (“I looked around to see who was closest, oh ****, it’s me who has to catch it”) off the bowling of Danny who also produced turn and guile to remove another. Mal despatched a lower order hitter and her final bowling analysis did not reflect the stump to stump bowling she delivered!
In the final analysis, we produced our best bowling and fielding performance of the season. The opposition bowling benefited from variable bounce, but Nomads had insufficient runs. Another 30 runs on the board and we might have…
As a footnote – well played (little) Ted H. He ran tirelessly to prevent the ball crossing the boundary and has a deceptively (big) throw.
Important game next week to try and lift ourselves towards mid-table and we have positives to build upon.