The weather and season heats up this weekend as we face 25 degree heat and a real ‘6 pointer’ against our old friends, East Grinstead who are now breathing down our necks in the Sussex Premier League. They are currently just a meager 7 points behind us so its top v 2nd. Its the Match of the Day here in Sussex!
U15s Kick us Off in the ECB Cup Friday 16th 2021 6pm.
The weekend gets off to a very exciting start when our ultra successful Friday night Junior training vibe is supplemented by a very important U15s ECB Cup game against Tunbridge Wells. Manager Julian Musto has to take a huge amount of credit in getting his squad to this position as his team have had to contend with a lot of bad weather over this season. Our U15s were brilliant against Horsham away and then took out Middleton in the Sussex final.
From my understanding Tunbridge were meant to be at home but have sportingly agreed to switching venues. They will travel in confident mood after beating Blackheath in the Kent final.
Its going to be massive night for our Junior Section with a huge amount of people on the ground. Don’t forget to get your food orders in with the fantastic Jan.
Hopefully everything will come together with a win for our 15s and progress. LETS MAKE THAT NEXT STEP!
Dan leads 1st Team out against EG 11.30am 17th July Sussex Prem 110 overs
Our 1st team have been in sparkling form this season and fully deserve their place at the Sussex Prem summit. Last weekends weather intervention really did prove a blow as they went for yet another away win at Eastbourne. 10 points was ultimately quite costly as other games went ahead.
East Grinstead have shrugged off a poor start to the season. On 15th May Nomads came out on top after a wonderful game of cricket at Saint Hill. Dan Birrell made the perfect start to his Nomads career with 4 for 32 after Dan Phillips top scored with 43. Rain outs in May saw them near the bottom of the table. June was much better with three wins on the board. More recently Lewis Hatchett 4 for 32 and Tom Hinley 3 for 10 saw off Middleton on 3rd July. Then last weekend they played out a 20 over game against Hastings. Leo Cammish scored 89 in a brilliant score of 202. Sam Rattle then won the game with some late spin bowling when taking 3 for 32 as Hastings crumbled.
Cammish is the leading scorer with 577 runs (and 14 catches) with Lewis taking 29 wickets and Sam 21.
EG have the weapons and momentum to cause some damage and will want to exact some sort of revenge as they make the trip south. With our boys also in great form this game could go right to the wire and its one you wouldn’t want to miss. It could go a long way to deciding where the Sussex Prem is heading.
Please make sure to turn out in force and cheer the boys home.
Twos are at St James M in Sussex Div 2 12.30 start 100 overs.
Our Twos under the expert guidance of James M are doing extremely well in Sussex Division 2 with 148 points to their name. Last weekend they had an early finish as the rain fell in Fulking.
St James are in good form with 5 wins and 2nd place in the league. They have been devastating with the ball of late with wickets coming very quickly. On 26th June they bowled out Burgess Hill for just 67 and then on 3rd July they took out surprise package Bognor away for 106. Toby Pullan 5 for 8 against the Hill. Michael Murray 5 for 19 against Bognor.
Make no mistake there is no easy game for James and his squad so going to St James wont be any different. With their obvious bowling strength’s it fair to say that our batting qualities will be put to the test.
Its a Derby ! Poynings will be on our South Square Div 6 1pm start 40 overs a side.
After last weeks Burgess Hill wash out David Symes will be very eager to get back up and running in an attempt to get his side going. Our 3s are in a relegation slot.
Poynings are on a run of two wash out games but they did win on 26th June when beating Ifield Joel Eaton and Eliott Atkins top scored. Richard Brookes took 4 for 32 in reply. With three wins Poynings are comfortably mid table and will make that very short trip in confident mood.
Its time for our Three’s to make a move and I take them to get the better of this local derby.
Its Gonna Be a Long Day for the 4s Cowden away Div 8 1pm start 40 overs a side.
Its a tricky 32 mile trek to Cowden from Fulking for Stephen O and the 4th team. Hopefully though our team can make the most of the opportunity and pick up a vital win against a side who are in the relegation zone with 112 points. For those who have read Stephens recent notes the 4s have produced some excellent cricket but have been getting on the wrong side of results.
Cowden beat Copthorn on 3rd July when Dan Handcock scored 57 in 156. Andy Hancock took 3 for 26 in reply. Last week was a wash out.
I take our 4s to play well and pick up their 4th win of the season.
Well there you have it. The weekend starts with that exciting U15s ECB Cup encounter and then goes into overdrive as EG take to the North Square at 11.30 on Saturday. With sun in charge please make sure to come out and watch.
Coverage of the U15s will come to you live through the normal channels and then its Nomads v EG live from the 11am toss. Plus news from St James and Cowden
Good luck to all Nomads connections.