Mid Sussex sent their finest teams to roasting hot Fulking on Sunday for an exciting afternoon of Sussex T20 Quarter Final action. Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill toiled well but it was the Nomads who came out on top in both games. It sets up a pulsating and fascinating Semi Final push in Sunday 14th August when the One’s host Three Bridges in the Cup and the Twos travel to the Saffrons in the Trophy. Navin and James give the low down. (Many thanks for their contributions)
Masterful Performance writes Navin Patel
Sundays T20 Cup Quarterfinal against Haywards Heath was a masterful performance from the boys and a template of how to approach T20 cricket.
I won the toss and chose to bat. Rehan batted fearlessly at the top of the innings punishing any loose deliveries and he was ably supported by Nathan who was equally as destructive.
To score 170 was a formidable total on a spinning track.
We then came out to field with intent, purpose and aggression and quite frankly we blew Haywards Heath away. Myself and Zayn set the tone with the new ball taking early wickets and then as soon as the powerplay was done it was a trial by quality spin.
A very pleasing performance and a much needed victory for the team. Sets up a mouth watering semi final contest against Three Bridges on the 14th August!
A Fun Day in the Sun write Jimmy Mac
A repeat of both Saturday, and the 1st XI T20 immediately before the game, saw us bat first and set on a very old and dusty pitch that would only get harder to score on, particularly against spin.
This made the powerplay very important and like the aforementioned games we used the early overs much better than the oppo. Stan (20 from 14) and Baalaaj (11 from 7) getting us moving at pace, before falling a little prematurely. This was the format for the whole innings. It did get harder to score, but important contributions from Harry Streak (27 from 25), OG (22* from 23) and Muadh (19 from 16), got us to a healthy 144/8.
Given how well the pitch took spin, we planned to open with, but use our seamers sparingly, but Stu Pulford (1/15) and Ombaashi (1/20) started so well we bowled them out. Then the spin came on, with the ball turning big and variable bounce Burgess Hill were never in the game – Muadh (1/21), Jaedyn (3/19), Baalaaj (2/25) and (no doubt to Thommo’s horror) OG (2/3 from 2 overs!).
A very comfortable win in the end and a fun day in the sun at the SCMG following the 1s massive win prior. On to the semi-finals…