Firstly, we must congratulate Wimbledon. Horsham, Rye, Horsted Keynes, Smallfield and St Peters on your wins and of course thanks to Rye, Smallfield and St Peters for hosting. We send best wishes to all for the rest of the season.
On a weekend where precious little went right for us Nomads just wanted to say a massive thanks to our four skippers who have stepped up to write their thoughts to us all.
Navin Patel 1st Team.
It was a tough weekend for the 1st XI against two quality teams.
Against Horsham on Saturday the boys struggled to break free from accurate bowling from the opposition attack.
We managed to get 160 which was always going to be tough to defend. Very proud of the way the boys fought in the field in flat, docile conditions, pushing Horsham to take 44 overs to chase the total. Lots of learnings to take into the next league game.
On Sunday I had a very depleted 1st XI to take on a strong well drilled Wimbledon team in the Cup. Once again a consistent and good energetic bowling/fielding performance saw us restrict a strong batting line up to just over 200.
We were confident to chase and things looked extremely promising at 100-1 with Jaedyn and Aaron cruising.
However a run out and a few disappointing shot selections sparked a collapse with too much being left to do in too little time. We unfortunately fell short in the chase.
My message to the boys after the tough weekend was to control what we can control, train smart and shift our focus and attitude to playing more confident cricket as a unit which we are more than capable of doing.
Onto the next one!
James M on the 2s at Rye
2s lost by 60 odd chasing 270 odd. Their overseas the difference, he absolutely battered 70 or so off not many balls at the end of their innings. We were always behind the rate on a fairly difficult deck to force the scoring on. Baalaaj excellent with the ball again taking 4. Colonel Musto impressed with the gloves (and a colossal 6).
Faisal 3s at home.
It was a tough week of cricket both Saturdays and Sundays, as both games where we had huge chances of winning but lost it due to innings extras and very average fielding displays.
On Saturday we met Horsted kaynes in a league match. The opposition won the toss and elected to field first. Looking at the pitch I would have also elected to field if the toss went our way. Anyway, we knew we had a job to do and with the batting line up we had we were quite confident in getting a decent score. Our openers Micheal English and kamran mirza got us to a very decent start with a 60 odd runs opening partnership, kamran mirza also hitting his first league 50 for the season.The first to depart was Micheal English but that also saw a few more wicket fall the matter of a few overs. At half way we were 100 for 4. Mike burney tried to lift the scoring rate but was also gone soon. Jamie Patrick walked in at 7 and stayed in till the end with a nicely made 33* with help from the other at the end. Nomads ended up with 209 leaving the visitors 210 to chase.
It was very clear that we had to bowl in the right areas and mostly field properly to make it hard for Horsted kaynes. Our opening spells from imran and Jamie were very decent and economical as Horsted kaynes only managed 40 of the first ten while also losing a couple of wickets. We had them quite on the back foot until the 17th over but one of their players took a linking to our pacer mal short who went for 40 of her 3 overs. At half way stage Horsted were 120 of 4. I think we lacked concentration, proper fielding and energy due to which the opposition kept on scoring at the rate they needed, although we kept taking wickets at regular intervals but Horsted managed to reach the target with 7 balls to spare.
I honestly think that it was a game that should have been in our pockets but lack of energy and overconfidence was also a downfall for us.
We will take this as a lesson and not a loss and move forward to next match against cuckfield to get back to winning ways.
Stephen and 4s at Smallfield
For the second week running, the toss of the coin was probably influential as a damp, but drying pitch was more troublesome for the team batting first.
Taking responsibility, the captain called incorrectly and we were inserted. James Oliver, in a rare role opened the batting and was determined and controlled in the face of some unpredictable bounce and went on to make a well worked 61. Unfortunately, we were unable to build around this. Ronan Banerji was watchful in the face of some accurate bowling to get to 16 and a score of 100 was looking like the limit. However, the Captain (29*) was able to marshal a rear-guard action from the lower order and with a support from Luke Owen (15*) we achieved 145 for 8.
At this stage, it would be nice to say that tea was taken, but under the current rules, not even a cup of tea for athletes (or spectators) refreshment is provided – I hope the league remember that part of reason we play an amateur game is to enjoy the occasion!
Nomads responded with getting the high scoring and big hitting Jegan out for 10 very quickly. Danyal Asad was unlucky with the umpiring but then Jonah induced the batsman to leave a straight ball (the batter was expecting it to turn!). Danny, Ronan and Luke all took catches. But with a couple of half chances not snaffled. The opposition were able to score a 20 each and the target was reached with 5 wickets down in 25 overs. Nomads contributed wides and no-balls of 21…
At the end of the day, the opposition won the toss (big advantage), bowled tightly (big advantage) and as a consequence, won the game.
Copthorne at Fulking this week – we need to find a win from our mix of youth and experience.
Right, lets draw a massive line under weekend 21st,22nd May 2022 and concentrate on the many exciting challenges coming up.