Nomads Fly into June after Three 2024 League Games as Weather Stays Kind! 27/05/24

Published On: May 27, 2024Categories: News and Reports

Massive weekend for Jimmy and Mal as 2s and 4s shine while Nav’s 1s Grip Sussex Prem at Worthing.

Season’s 2024 promise is slowly turning into reality as the Nomads win ratio gathers pace around the SCMG.  We garnered three brilliant wins on Saturday and then Mal’s 4s turned the screw on Burgess Hill in the Sussex T20 Plate.  Cricket becomes so much easier in terms of scheduling if the weather stays nice and dry and so far, our luck has held. Indeed, I hope you all enjoyed the sunny dry spell over past several days. It’s meant gorgeous uninterrupted play!!

Ones Take Sussex Premier League by the Scruff.  Too hot for Worthing at the Manor.

Dan Ibrahim and Dan Phillips took the game away from Worthing both scoring big half centuries as Nomads settled on 261 for 9 off 50 overs.  Nav then took out a Worthing opener first ball as the hosts faltered 86 all out.  Nomads 30 points Worthing 6.   Nomads boss the Sussex Prem by 18 points!  Next up Roffey at home 1st June 11.30 start 50 overs

Nav sends word.

The lads were keen to keep the league momentum going when we took on Worthing in their own backyard. We knew they were going to be up for it in their own home conditions and having just been promoted.
I won the toss and batted. The Worthing opening bowlers were excellent and immaculate with their line and length creating a lot of pressure. Credit to our guys for showing a lot of application and grinding it out. Nathan continued his solid form with a good 40 before falling LBW. We lost a flurry of quick wickets to get Worthing up and about but amongst this Danny Ibrahim was resolute and class. Dan Phillips joined him and was able to inject impetus to our innings with strike rotation and employed the reverse sweep and switch hit to score boundaries which was absolutely brilliant on a tricky pitch to score.
Danny ended with 92 and Dan with 80. Their respective innings allowed us to score 260 which was worth about 360 given the conditions. A top first half.
With the ball the message was to be ruthless and clinical.
Worthing came out with intent but we stuck to our guns and smashed consistent lengths to create dot ball pressure and eventual reap the rewards with wickets. Myself and Biz took 3 a piece and Kashy wound back the clock to take 4. We bowled Worthing out for 90 odd giving us a pleasing win. Our attention now turns to Roffey this weekend which is always a testing and competitive encounter. Excited to take them on!                 

 

ECB departure against inspired Bridges at the SCMG 26th May

Bridges dominated from start to finish as their batsman, Boyle, Russell and Cowdrey all made half centuries in winning total of 242 for 9.   Nomads didn’t get going in reply as Brown and Blandford took three a piece. Nomads mustered 107 all out.

Of course, it’s a difficult pill to swallow but as Nav said this morning ‘Bridges deserved to win with the way they played and all the best to them for the rest of their cup run!’

 

Twos Jump to Div 2 Mid Table After Home Burgess Hill Win   

Our Two’s played really well in defeat at Mayfield last week but did bring back 15 important points. That momentum carried on at the SCMG when Burgess Hill 1s turned up for a 12.30 start (45 overs each).

Having been asked to bat Kobe and Jaedyn moved the score to 79 without loss. Kobe going on to a wonderful opening knock half century.  Ever popular Aaron Phillips hit two sixes on route 39 runs.  However, it was Baalaaj Khan who got his season up and running with a brilliant 90 runs off just 82 balls hitting three maximums in the process.  An innings which turned the tide Nomads way.  Ammad Khan 23 and Nomads legend Ollie Gatting 21 not out squeezing 261 for 4 off the 45 overs.

Stuart Faith, yet another club legend then ripped out the Hill ‘engine room’ in a devastating 1st change spell of 8 overs 4 for 25. The score faltering to 100 for 5.  With tails up Baalaaj completed a good personal day taking two late wickets as the visitors came up a massive 107 runs short.   Nomads 30 points Hill 6.

I spoke with a very delighted Jimmy that evening who said ‘Stuart bowled extremely well but I was particularly pleased with how our top order applied themselves. I thought Kobe was brilliant up top and it was excellent he went on to the half century. However, it was a good overall team performance!’

Jaedyn told me ‘We realise that the twos are in a very tough division but going forward we will be approaching every game as though we are going to win’

Next up St James Montefiore away 1st June 12.30  45 Overs each

Stephen Oliver Scores 69 at 5 as Fours Win Nervy Home One v St Andrews    Div 9

Our longstanding player and thoroughly brilliant bloke (and recently treasurer) Stephen O must be enjoying stepping back into the rank and file of 4th team life. He played well at St James last week but was back to swashbuckling best as he hit a quick 69 runs batting at 5.  However, the platform had been set by Alfie Burton 32 and Luke Schildkamp 35 who opened with distinction. The icing on the cake was provided by the popular young all round Ziggy Anderson Ager who swatted a quick 37 not out.  Runs which proved very useful.  238 for 6 off 40.   Great effort on the south square

Adam Hills the St As opening bat made all Nomads sweat as he nearly carried his bat over the line with a wonderful ton, backed up by Roberto Amati who scored 57. However, it was the Nomads who held their nerve, 5 catches plus a spectacular Darren Hick run out as the hosts ran out 9 run winners to move up the division 9 table.  Next game 2/6 St Matthias at Horsdean 1pm

As is becoming a regular hit to these updates we thank Luke (1st inns which he watched from the boundary rope) and Stephen O (2nd inns) who send a rather entertaining debrief below.

Date; Saturday 25th May
Location; SCMG
Opposition; St Andrew’s 2nd XI
The second saintly side of St Andrew’s of Burgess Hill donned us with their presence, whilst their ones hosted Fas and the boys in Cobo’s backyard.
In a sun-kissed bank holiday fit for day drinking, the formality of cricket needed to play out. However, this game was by no means a formality.
Toss lost for a change and Nomads were inserted. More triumphs for the Nomads youth academy as we elected another colt in Alfie Burton to open, who would be joined by young Joe Scorey and score-he did (17), but not before Luke S made a solid start (33) only to be hampered by a spectacular catch in the covers. Alfie looked genuinely class for his 32, picking on the COPD riddled vaper at gully with well-timed shots.
Luke G (also 17) made a decent start. With the aforementioned foundations the game was in the balance with Nomads approx 90 odd for 3 after 20 overs.
With overs to play with 4th team hall of famer Stephen set into his rhythm adjusting to some erratic and youthful pace from one end and some experienced and precise dibbly dobblers from the other. The middle of the bat was calibrated and away we go! Punching the youth down the ground brought a change to the bowling, pace off. Stephen had a look at the first from the new bowler, licked his finger and assessed for wind adjustments and took middle. Bang! 6 over midwicket looked effortless. “There is a bag of spare balls in the changing room” called Stephen whilst sat on his bat. Efforts to retrieve the ball were however successful, a slight taken personally by Mr Oliver. He made sure the ball was lost for good the very next delivery.
Not to be outdone, Ziggy rearranged some tiles on the Pavilion roof as he made his was to an electric 37*.
69 made for the former skipper had earned himself a player of the match bottle of wine.
239 to win for the saints.
Player of the match himself kindly reports on the second innings;
St Andrews pick up their bats and respond – Will Hutch, up the hill starts with a tidy spell and soon has a couple of wickets. Young Alfie Burton steps in first change from the top end and with great confidence gets an early wicket with the bat unsure which way to look! Unfortunately the opener is bashing it about at the other end and together with the number 5 is gaining momentum. Alfie contains well and deserves a second when the ball is not held at mid-off.
The St A batters are getting a partnership, the 200 mark is getting closer and they are comfortable with the run rate. Then a piece of Nomads magic. Ball is hit gently to Darren Hick, he sinks to his knees and drops it. The batters sensing an opportunity, look for a run, Darren hurls near the stumps (he is quite close) and Joe finishes off the run-out!
The momentum is tipping towards Nomads and shortly afterwards the opening bat who has scored 115 gives his second chance of the afternoon and we take it. From there St A are under the cosh and lucky not to be bowled as the overs evaporate. Nomads win by 9 runs.
Debrief afterwards – Nomads have to maintain confidence (and catch catches). Bowlers must have a plan and we set the field to the plan (not the bad balls!). And great debuts from Joe Scorey and Alfie Burton – we look forward to having you in the team again very soon.

 

Graham Watson and Mike Burney Star in T20 Plate on Sunday v Burgess Hill.  4s Progress.

Under gorgeous skies and the stunning south downs yesterday Mal led our 4s to victory in the Sussex T20 Plate and a step closer to that September Hove showcase.  I had the pleasure of watching cricket legend Graham Watson deliver an unplayable spell which had our visitors in all sorts.  Mike Burney did what he does best and that’s hit cricket balls out of the middle scoring 43 runs.

Up next on the T20 Plate a trip to St Peters and the Velodrome on 16th June.

Luke explains all below

Date; Sunday 26th May
Location; SCMG
Opposition; Burgess Hill 3rd XI
The Sussex T20 Plate graced a generally sunbathed SCMG for some bank holiday ball bashing.
Frankly the cricket was elementary as Watson stole the show.
Mal had been given the unlikely issue of selection headaches so a double header proved useful to give most a go. Mr Garth graced us with his finger raising presence and thanks goes to Lewis for crunching the numbers.
We welcomed left arm wizard Merlin who has joined from Forest Row to make his dayboo.
We were boosted by season openers for club stalwarts in senior T Hutchinson and Bubble. Otherwise, it was familiar faces from the most “watchable team at Nomads”. Most of whom still reeling from the dramatic W from the day before.
Mal true to form lost the toss (In fairness she’s absolutely excellent at all other elements of cricket! Perhaps it’s the English currency doing her in!)
Burgess Hill, who clearly come from a less saintly part of B.Hill than yesterday’s oppo, elected to bat.
Usual service; Bamboozing Mal from the Dyke end and too quick for most Taylor from the Pavilion end.
Taylor trapped the opener in the second over, 12-1. However “we” (me) came in for a bit of tap for the second wicket stand which took Burgess Hill from 12-1 to 79-1 pretty quickly. Frankly 200 looked on the cards with the other opener tee-ing off. Mal played the first of her aces in Wiley Hicky, who took one ball to get rid of him, another plumb LBW.
Watson took over in the next for what was the match defining spell, although in comparison to Hick, a slightly slow start; it took Watto 2 balls to dismiss the other set bat. Concluding the wicket maiden Nomads were back in the game at 85-3 in the 10th. Watto went on to bowl his first 18 balls for a ridiculous; 1 for 1. With pressure built, Merlin’s spell-binding…spell at the other end brought about his first Nomads wicket. Another wicket for Hick and Burgess Hill concluded on 140-5. Mike Burney should get some recognition for his debut behind the stumps – but frankly he gets enough love, so we’ll say the boy did OK.
Hutchinson and Oliver to open our response was a smart move from the Skipper, who had offered the opening slots to the highest bidders this morning. Deep pockets from the gentlemen paid dividends, both finding the boundary early, 23-0 off two to set the tone.
Stephen carried on with his fine form this year, amassing 7 x 4s and 2 x 6s before letting anyone else have a go at the bowlers. 72-1 at the end of the seventh!
Enter Mike (who I knew very well had a hen-do to join) wasn’t going to wait around. A 4 off his third ball and a 6 off his fourth let Burgess Hill know he had processo to get to!
Tom played his part as did Bubble whilst Burney continued to aim for my infant child at wife at the extra cover boundary. Fittingly it was Watto in the middle with Burner as he hit the winning 6 over extra with 3 overs to spare.
Player of the match; Shane Watson
Duck of the day;
Inconclusive, so let’s say Luke Bernard Matthews Griffiths
Champagne moment;
Hick’s 1 from 0.1.

 

Well, there you have it. The SCMG was looking as pretty as a picture all weekend.  There were positive and happy vibes on the Sunday but I understand near carnival scenes on the Saturday. Huge thanks to Phil Brown and his team for looking after us all and a massive mention to Jan who produced brilliant teas.

Let’s hope the weather stays kind as we enter the busy June schedule and high summer around here. Keep going Nomads, train hard, have fun, do the boring stuff well and consistently and you will be surprised at how the big things takes care of themselves. This feel good factor can only really be maintained from winning games of cricket!

Lets Go!

 

Cobo x  27/05/2024

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