There was a nervous hush over the SCMG ten minutes prior to both our 1st team and Roffey took the field. As sun beat down in Fulking there was a huge sense of the importance of the match to come. It was top v 2nd in the Sussex Prem.
It was a more relaxed feel to the occasion earlier in the morning when Nomad players were happy to talk to the waiting media. Dan Birrell from Jersey said he was enjoying his time here at the Nomads and was pleased with how things are going. Owen K said that the team were having some fun and everyone knew their jobs. Opener Jake was in a relaxed mood as we spoke outside the clubhouse. He said ‘its good that one of us is making runs each week and its nice to make to make those 60s and 70s. But we have both said that one of us needs to press on and make a ton plus to help the team get a big score. I am really looking forward to the challenge today with the red ball and quicker bowlers’ Its an interview that can be seen on our twitter account and couldn’t of been timed any better!
Skipper Dan Phillips duly won an important toss and of course decided to bat on a beautiful morning at the SCMG. Then at 11.30 Jake and Nathan took their marks. Perhaps the tone of the day was set as Nathan sweetly cut the 1st delivery for 4 runs. With spin from one end and J Atkins thundering in for the other both openers looked very comfortable. When I left the scene they had already done their job with 30 calm runs on the board.
Jake then when through the gears to not score 50, a ton or 150. He ended up on 162 not out (179 balls three 6s and 17 fours). It could go down as a season defining knock for both the Nomads and ultimately the course of the 2021 Sussex Premier League.
In the reply our very own Adam O’Brien unleashed the fury of his devastating spin attack to take 6 for 24. Having followed Adam’s career since he was about 10 he has always shown that on his day he is a match winner. Adam, if you reading very proud of you mate keep it going cobo
In the end it was a crushing and chastening defeat for Roffey as they were skittled !
Nomads rush to the top of Sussex Premier for the 1st time in a while. Skipper Dan Phillips deserves a huge mention for the way he goes about his business. Number one he is a brilliant cricketer, two he is hugely competitive, three if you cut him in two Preston Nomads would run through his body and four he realizes the importance of togetherness. He often says ‘ we win as a team and we lose as a team!’
But as we all know a Championship isn’t won on 12th June. The hard work starts now as all the other teams will be wanting a piece of the Nomads going forward. Lets celebrate for a while but then get back to the nitty gritty of training hard and then focus on the next match! (Haywards Heath away)
Twos hit hard at Horsham in loss. Sussex Div 2
Kamran Mirza and skipper James did really well for the Nomads setting up a 49 run opening partnership. In a stella team batting performance Stuart Faith and Ammad Khan both scored nicely down the order. From reports perhaps the key moment of the game was when Muadh Khan was given lbw in a contested decision. Prior to that he had made a rapid 47 and looked to be teeing off. Sadly we will never know how that would of gone. Ajaz Noorzai put the finishing touches to a brilliant 251 all out.
In reply Horsham rubber stamped their position as Div two favs with a powerful and seamless batting display of their own. Stuart Faith worked himself into Nomads man of the match territory with two wickets and two smart catches. However mom Chris Nash had an explosive afternoon with a quick 88 not out off 32 balls. Horsham ran out ready home winners and move to the top of Sussex Div Two.
The brilliant news for James and his team that we go into next weeks important home fixture against Roffey out of the relegation zone. In a very difficult environment our Twos are doing us proud!
Threes lose out to Rottingdean at SCMG Sussex division 6
As eluded to in the pre amble Rottingdean are and have always been a fiercely competitive side. They took that on the road yesterday with a brilliant batting performance against the South Downs as a back drop. A Sam Blatchford half century the feature of 261 for 5 off the 40 over. Malorie Short the pick of the bowlers 2 for 45 off 7.
In reply new recruit Mike Burney continued his excellent start for the club with a 32 batting at three. James Oliver, fresh from a ton last week made 23 and Luke Owen 28.
In the end Rottingdean ran out comfortable 109 run winners.
Its proving to be a tough time for our 3rd team. Lets give skipper Symes and his team all our support, positive vibes encouragement this week as they prepare for another stern test away in Mid Sussex verses St Andrews. A win could totally transform the season.
4s lose at Bolney but game played in tremendous spirit and sportsmanship Div 8
The main media thread this weekend came from Bolney and we hope you enjoyed the updates, clips interviews and pic of Ian J soaking up the sun! Under blue skies and burning sun both teams played out a very entertaining game. The only venue I know with a well on the ground!
Our 4th team roaming scribe Andy Garth will soon be producing his take on the afternoon. From me just wanted to thank Bolney for looking after us at your wonderful facility and send best wishes for the future. Especially with your plans to bring Junior Cricket back to Bolney. Dean, if you are reading that glorious cover was indeed the shot of the day but standing behind the bowlers arm I do think your umpire got the LBW decision correct #plumb. We will look forward to your visit to the SCMG.
For the Nomads a huge mention to youngster, Sam Musto who batted quite superbly to give his team a flickering chance at the death. His 39 not out the highlight of a brilliant day in Bolney.
U10s Win Last Ball South Square
We got lucky yesterday to film the last ball of our U10s win in the morning on the South Square. We hope you caught that on whattsap. With 4 needed the last batter managed to get everything on the ball to send it to the boundary.
Huge congrats to Manager Ralph S and all the players. It sure was an exciting passage of play and Nomad connections were very excited.
So an extraordinary afternoon of cricket for our 1st team and especially Jake and Adam who proved to be worthy match winners against Roffey. Our front team go from strength to strength which can only be brilliant news for the club. However, there is some work to do for our other teams who are all operating at the wrong end of their respective league tables. LETS GO NOMADS!