Huge credit to Navin and our 1st team squad who arrested a recent dip in form to land 30 points at home to Middleton and then saw off Three Bridges to progress to the showcase Sussex T20 Cup final at Hove. There was heartfelt jubilation and togetherness in the post-match celebration song. Indeed in the huddle Cannon said ‘ lets all get right on it for the rest of the season, win our remaining League games and then win the T20 Cup. It could still be a season of celebration.
Oliver Gatting is rapidly putting himself into Press Officers Player of the Season contention with important League runs and stepping up to winning 2nd team skipper at times. He scored yet another significant 71 runs as opener on Saturday in front of the Ladies Day participants. Ammad Khan scored an important 44 and Aaron Phillips with a brutal 62 at a strike rate of 130. Will Collard, never shy of a big hit, smashed two sixes on route to a quick 30. The team were well pleased with 293 for 9 off 58 overs.
Middleton were never allowed to get a real foothold in the response. It was a brilliant day for Head Groundsman Dan Birrell who took four for 41. Spinner Bertie Freeman also starred taking 4 for 58.
Middleton shared the runs around and made 190 all out but the it was the Nomads who picked up 30 points.
Sussex T20 Cup Semi Final. Sunday
Overseas Rehan Afridi made an excellent start with a very quick 27 but Bridges bowled and fielded well as wickets fell. Bridges with 6 excellent catches in the inns. Ammad Khan really is in superb form with a match and Man of the Match performance of 49 off 36 including a towering six. Navin Patel scored a very sensible 20 as the score went to 132 for 8 off the allotted.
Bridges got off to a reasonable start with 24 for the 1st wicket. Will O’Donnell was looking to go deep and was looking threatening on 28 before being trapped by AOB. In the Champagne moment Khan rubber stamped a top weekend with a stunning run out of Bridges skipper Joe Walker. Owen Kernan is a real ambassador of the club and his four over spell kept our visitors at bay as we celebrated a massive win.
Huge for Faisal and the Threes at Home 30th July Div 7
Our Threes bounced back at the SCMG against Cuckfield in Div 7 on Saturday. The visitors decided to bat and were rewarded with a good-looking scorecard with runs shared around the team. Michael English showcased with keeping skills with no less than four catches behind the stumps. Wickets were shared but David Symes starred with three for 32. Cuckfield rested on 197 all out.
Luke Appleton is quality cricketer, and we are lucky to have his services. He opened with an impressive 66 off 94 balls up top. With wickets dropping around the opener veteran Ed Salkield showed all his experience and skill with 100 strike rate 76 to see the Threes over the line.
Skipper Faisal said ‘ total team performance with lots of energy in the field. Jamie and Mal come in for individual praise, but Ed and Luke showed a masterclass. I am very proud of the whole squad.’
Ian Allan hits a Bakers Dozen 6s Against Twos. At Buxted Park Div 3
Big hitting Allan smashed no less than 13 maximums on route to a very quick 129 as the hosts went on to a massive 351 off 45 overs. It wasn’t our day as wickets fell in response eventually losing by 224 runs.
By all accounts our now annual Ladies Day was a huge success with participants enjoying the cricket on offer and the odd bottle of bubbly along the way. Huge congrats to all involved in a fun afternoon/evening around the SCMG.
A brilliant weekend came to a close with our Ladies team picking up yet another win on Sunday afternoon. More to come on that soon.
Huge congrats to the First Team lets go and dominate the remainder of 2022!