Preston Nomads continued their impressive array of preseason games at the SCMG ground on Saturday as Sussex University travelled to Fulking, 12.30 start. Skipper Nav Patel decided to ring the changes from the opening weekend and offered places to no less than 7 players making their 1st team pre-seasonal debut. A positive move which may give our new Skipper some selection headaches as the season unfolds. See Nav’s Narrative below!
Batting 1st Nomads racked up runs with some comfort under sunny blue skies and dare we say it a little bit of warmth. Jaedyn Bartosh-Short impressed the gallery with a well-constructed half century as opener. Arron P made a batting statement with a commanding 40 as the hosts went on to 240 for 6 off 40 overs.
In reply Nomads had all the answers as Sussex Uni wickets fell at an alarming rate. 17 with out loss soon became 47 for 7 and then 78 all out as we wrapped up a comfortable 142 run win.
Us Nomads are in rude health as we motor on with our Pre Season games. Our Sunday squad welcome Cuckfield to sunny Fulking today 1.30 start and then next Saturday, 23rd April, our 1st and 2nd team take on Reigate Priory (who are coming by bus I understand!) at home 12.30 start. Its all go!
My message to the boys before the game was to enjoy playing cricket in the sun at one of the best club grounds in the world and that’s exactly what the boys did!
I won the toss and chose to bat first against Sussex University. Throughout the whole innings all the guys valued their wicket and spent quality time out in the middle showing their class.
Jaedyn Bartosh Short opened the innings and batted solidly, cruising to 60 odd.
Aaron Phillips was severe on any loose balls and scored a commanding 40.
Ollie Gatting and Jiyah Raynor both scored 35.
George CloseBrooks scored some valuable runs at the end of the innings taking our score to 240 off our 40 overs.
With the ball we were in a different class to Sussex University.
All bowlers executed their plans, created pressure and took wickets. Most importantly the boys kept our high standards in the field which was pleasing to see.
I picked up 2 wickets, Owen 3, AOB 1 and there was 1 great direct hit run out from Danyal who was playing his first game for Nomads.
Ombaashi also playing in his first game for Nomads showed great skills with the ball and picked up 3 wickets to wrap up the Sussex University innings.
All in all a commanding performance from the Nomads XI with everyone finding their form before the League kicks off in May.
Onto Reigate next week!
Navin Patel 1st Team Captain