Momentum is key! Ones and Fours and U13s Show the Way. Lets Round up Weekend

Published On: June 4, 2024Categories: News and Reports

Dan Ibrahim has weekend to Savour !

Forward momentum in sport is everything as our Ones Fours and U13s demonstrated this weekend.  Danny scored two tons for a raucous looking 1st team and as Luke will explain team work ment everything in division 9.  Meanwhile our U13s progressed in the ECB Cup.  Our 2s hit 14 hugely important Div 2 points at St James (something we should all proud of) but our 2s Skipper wants a lot more. He sends an honest report on what went on in Mid Sussex

There isn’t much we can say about our Threes right now.  So we shall leave it with them to sort it out.

Nav explains Two great Wins

The 1st XI enjoyed a terrific and successful weekend.
Saturday saw us take on the well oiled unit of Roffey.
The boys were focussed following the loss in the Cup last Sunday and were determined to get back to winning ways. After winning the toss and choosing to bat I was super pleased with the application and professionalism shown from our two young guns, Zach and Danny. They built their partnership through strike rotation, respecting the good ball and punishing the boundary ball. Zach was unlucky to be run out for 94 but Danny marched on to his hundred and exploded in the death overs taking our score up to 286. It was a masterclass of a partnership and the template for our season.
With the ball we all showed consistency and executed tight lines and lengths to build pressure and eventually take wickets.
Zayn struck early in the powerplay (ending with 3fa) and Biz settled into a strong rhythm down the hill through the middle overs, storming hi!s way to a maiden Nomads 5fa at home. We ended up bowling Roffey out just after the second drinks break resulting in another comprehensive league win. The perfect start and we are eagerly awaiting Bognor this week for what is a top of the table clash.

Sunday saw! us take on Steyning at their lovely ground in the next round of T20 Cup.
Winning the toss again I decided to bat. Zach got off to a flier in the powerplay and his dismissal brought the run machine Danny back out to the middle. He continued on from where he left off on Sat, destructively powering his way to his second ton of the weekend. This innings consisted of 10 big sixes. It was a showcase of clean hitting on a tricky slow pitch. Nathan meanwhile proved himself to be the perfect foil at the other end rotating strike and ending on a run a ball 40.
212 on the board was always going to be a challenge and our bowling attack showed its depth and class with a great team performance. Wickets were shared with Baalaaj picking up the most with 4.
We march on to the regional quarterfinal against Roffey in a couple of weeks.

Special mention must be made of  the huge nomads contingent of supporters that came to Steyning on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the show in the sun. The boys are very appreciative!

Bowman says  ‘let’s hope Paul Farbrace is reading the script ! (with the Oval coming up!) and loving wat Balaaj is doing for the Club right now. I hope he keeps doing it!

Luke sends word from Brighton

Here is your summary;

Date; Saturday 1st June
Location; Horsdean Rec
Opposition; St Mattius 2nd XI

We are often met with glances of bewilderment from the oppo as we begin our activation a good 45 minutes before the toss. Today was no different, as Ziggy inspired us to hop manically like we were in an invisible sack-race St Mattius looked on sharing a packet of Malborough Reds, the bronchitis crisis in Div 9 continues.
Pumped up by a quick egg and spoon and we were ready to go.
Mal having lost 4 consecutive tosses deferred the responsibility to somebody more adept at tossing! Luke S was our man, “we’ve elected to bowl” he confirmed.

Mal with ball in hand got us started, first ball, LBW appeal (a big juicy one). Frustratingly, it was turned down. Even more frustratingly, the associated opener carried his bat to 89*
Swift justice, however, as Taylor trapped the other opener with a seed in his first over. He soon had his second taking top of off, 30-2. With a slow and low pitch there was some confidence that we’d get through their order with consistent break throughs however chances just didn’t seem to come. St Mattius slowly built there innings and were sat on approx 120 after 30. Danny bowled extremely well going at about 2s had hampered the St Mattius cause. Youngster Ollie also continued to turn his arm with great success, getting in the scorebook with a LBW of his own.
With 10 overs to go the batters needed to up the rate and so they did! Devastatingly this coincided with our fielders being struck by a bout of chronic holigramitis. All limbs appeared to lose their solidity when the ball was hit in close proximity. We closed with 184/6, a total that seemed incomprehensible 40 minutes earlier. There was a vibe of real frustration. That being said, there were some fielding highlights with Luke S and Merlin Mallard affecting excellent run outs (although our attempt to success ratio is one to be worked on please and thank you Coach Poole).
Turny Burney is rebranding to Mike Mitts, had another superb game behind the stumps.

Young Ollie and less young Luke S opened for us. They made the track look far better than it was with well time dispatches to the boundary. Ollie is showing signs of true form, it won’t be long before he goes big!
Mike joined the party and wanted to make a statement, 6 over midwicket off his first, yep his eye is in!
Luke and Mike clearly took offence to a maiden being bowled they then hit at an average of 14 for the next 4 overs. “Bowlers name?” was soon shouted across the pitch. The change in bowling did the trick, Luke S made another valuable 39 run knock before being undone by one that stayed low. Mike and Turkey Griffiths did well to weather the storm of some decent offbreak bowling from the St Mattius youngster, electing to swot at anything wide. 15 added by Luke was boosted by 15 from Ziggy including a a straight 6 that went a long way into the wind.
Mike top scored with 40, showing his class by managing to take singles when possible but also aiming for the young, aged and vulnerable spectators on the boundary with some big hitting.
In form Stephen got us over the line with 22* and we’d won by 5 wickets.

All in all, an excellent win against a decent opposition. Mal’s intent on the league is being clearly set.

Player of the match; Mike Mitts
Fowl of the flock; Merlin Mallard (congrats on league debut!)

Champagne moment; going for beers with Cole and the gang!

Bowman says ‘ sounds like u are all having a lot of fun right now and are heading up division 9. Keep doing it !

James M sends a no nonsense message to his Twos

I was very disappointed not to see this one home, I felt we did 80-90% of the job with the ball, in the field and with the bat, but fell short in each. They got ~30 too many runs, we left ~30 runs out there batting.

But that also means there were a lot of positives. A superb spell from Felix Mansour on return to the 2s, Baalaaj’s spin as dangerous as ever, Faith delivering another impeccable stint with the ball (he’s bowling as well as I’ve ever seen him). Batting wise Kobe was sensational, albeit a bit too briefly thanks to a howling piece of umpiring. Jaedyn top scored in accomplished manner and there were useful contributions from Wakers and Faithy, but no one seized the game and put it to bed. Too many soft dismissals.

St James are a decent side, and bowled well to a plan. But in this league we can’t just show we’re competitive in games and be happy with that. We need to win when we have a chance, or we won’t stay up.

Bowman says ‘staying in Division 2 in 2024 will go down as one of our greatest achievements .  I can’t wait to watch our Twos at Buxton Park on Saturday.’

U13s Progress in ECB at Findon

Here at the Nomads our Junior teams have a massive ECB Cup history.  Scorey ,Hewitt,Scrace, Bunday, Scott all batted well with Khan conceding just 1 run in three overs to keep that history alive at Findon. It’s an 88 run win !

Well there you have it. We are really starting to go through the gears here at the SCMG. It’s all about hard work on the training ground and then doing it on Match days.  Plus we are having real luck with the weather 😍

Hopefully we can keep it all going on Saturday.

Cobo 4/6/24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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