Stuart and Oliver Star as Nomads maintain Sussex Prem Title Tilt 6/7/2024

Published On: July 6, 2024Categories: News and Reports

As the great man Ian Plummer (Head Groundsman) said ‘bad days come and go!’  More of this later.

Stuart Faith Gets Head Down to Secure Sussex Prem Draw.   SCMG 

Top of the table Cuckfield CC travelled to Fulking for the ‘match of the day’ here in Sussex.  Fans and players alike would have been excited to involved in such a fixture which started on time 11.30am.   Cuckfield openers Henry Rogers and Wesley Marshall got the day off to the perfect start for the Mid Sussex outfit with an unbroken 81 stance.  It was Faith who broke the spell with three quick wickets. Cuckfield falling to 118 for 3.  However, Wesley just kept rolling with seemly space and time to ramp up a wonderful 200 ball century. Joe Cambridge offered acceleration with a quick 33 as the visitors went to 234 for 6.  Nav 4 for 65 and Ravi 3 for 35 polished off the tail with 56 overs done.

Tea  252 all out.

In contrast Nomads were quickly up against the wall as Cuckfield celebrated two for 5.  Danny Ibrahim and Sam Topping steadied the ship with a 50 partnership. Dan Phillips 32 and Aaron Phillips 25 eased the nerves and gave the Nomads their first glimmer of victory.  It was only to be a glimmer after both brothers were back in the pavilion.  On another day Nomads could have run into real bother with the dangerous Willian Goss operating his memorising spin bowling.  But that man Stuart Faith got his head down for 14 hard overs to remain undefeated on 30 off 70 balls.

In the end both teams were rewarded with 13 points to leave Cuckfield 8 points clear of the Nomads and Three Bridges.

At the halfway stage our 2024 Sussex League Title Challenge is very much in our own hands!

Twos Will be Rueing West Chilts Loss after Oliver’s Spellbinding 93  Div 2

Our talented and experienced Twos have been in great form of late and today’s loss will no doubt be tough to take.  It was a case that the game was there to be grabbed but a batting collapse saw Chilts take a very unlikely win and go into the promotion race.

Oliver slung them in and the experienced Stuart Pulford ripped into the top order three for 24. After the dismissals of top scoring Gillespie 45 and Williams 21 Nomad bowlers had a field day taking wickets at will. Kash took 4 for 43 and Baalaaj 3 for 46 as the hosts fell for a totally gettable 168.  The team can be proud on the extra’s front just 10 given.

The perfect performance in the field.

J and Adam had off days up top, but Nomads Legend Ollie Gatting batted extremely well and he should be celebrating a win tonight.  However, and the scorecard doesn’t lie his teammates fell by the wayside including two run outs.  With Gatts getting close to a ton and crossing the line he fell with just 7 runs needed and three wickets in hand.

We couldn’t do it!

At the halfway point our twos are comfortable in Division Two but that extra 17 points tonight would have put them mid table.

Faz Says Toughest Loss of the Season as Threes Give Matt Parsons Another Day in the Sun Div 6

Our Three’s had high hopes for a promotion slot come September 24 however after nine games the squad are facing the trap door.

There was nothing to suggest any hint of despair as the Nomads got off to a bright and breezy start on the south square. The skipper himself made a quick 31 while Adam Rowland continued a purple patch with a lovely half century. C Davies 28 A Eaton 28 and W Hutch 24 finished the inns in fine style as everything went right at 222 off the allotted.  Remember this 17 extra’s given.

Tea taken.

On our south ground road Hurst also enjoyed a good start as Bushell scored 35 off 22 balls.  However, our three’s wrestled the initiative as M Kahn 3 for 20 and J Patrick 4 for 32 had them in all sorts of trouble at 152 for 7.

But the match turned as Hurstpierpoint, and general Sussex cricket legend Matt Parsons was allowed to get his feet under the table.  I know he will be tickled pink with his match winning 77 not out and will fully appreciate my annoyance at us allowing him to do it in our back yard.  We have given him yet another day in the sun and add to his ever increasing ‘stock’.  Matt if you are reading huge congrats from me you bugger!

I have spoken with a crest fallen and down beat Fas this evening who advised tales of dropped catches and mis fields and it being the worst loss of the season.  Bowman says ‘I am gonna say it again you gave 31extras to their 17. This is where you lost this game. If you can’t tidy this up ASAP your Saturday evenings will continue to be tortuous affairs picking over losses.  Please, get it sorted!’

Fours Great in the Field at Scaynes Hill but crumble with the Willow  Div 9

After two straight losses our 4s promotion tilt has well and truly been placed on the back burner as we reach the mid-way point.  There is no reason to suggest that they can’t get back in the division 9 race but they will need to bat a lot better.   84 all out is never going to do it.

Huge thanks to Luke for stepping up to the plate and writing his usual masterpiece.  He is learning that writing these things after a loss is a lot tougher.

Location; Scaynes Hill, notably, it’s not on the wild turkey’s usual migration route.
Opposition; Scaynes Hill 2nd XI

It was a strange day in the middle of nowhere, Sussex. Semi-persistent rain meant the covers were yo-yoing from the boundary to the middle, only to be greeted by glorious sunshine each time they’d come to their resting position over the wicket
Stranger still Mal had both umpires raising their finger from the same delivery, a prize for the first person who can explain how that might happen (those at Scaynes Hill need not apply).
Taylor’s return to the 4s brought about his return to the wickets (his words!). Both were class, the first a genuine shnick through to Joe WK Scorey (frowned upon in div 9), the second a great grab from Danny at shortish square.
Mal from the other end was class as always, including 2 in 2 and a tinkle of joy, finishing 3 for 18 from 9! At drinks, we had Scaynes Hill 55/4, and we were in the driving seat. The latter 20 overs proved less tight and less tinkley, although Ollie’s one-handed grab at midwicket would make any flightless bird proud.
Luke S showed his death bowling variation credentials picking up a 3fer for his troubles as the tailed tried (and in parts succeeded) to tee off. Kudos also has to go to Bongo, who was a brick wall in the field all day. A bit of confidence to take into the batting.

The second innings was too dyer to write up as we failed to chase 164. However, kudos has to go to Scaynes Hill for their masterclass in defending on a quirky and slopey field.
Further, Kudos goes to Bongo would will make the case today he would have made his maiden ton should his old man not have run him out. Rumour has it David Dale is Australian, however his insistence on getting home in time for penalties suggests otherwise. It’s coming home David!
The good news is that we get to go again in less than 24 hours as our cup run looks to continue at Rottingdean 3rd XI. Everyone champing at the bit to use their lifeline to bring a much needed win for the good guys!


Well getting back to the top line from our Groundsman.  Off course you get bad days during the course of a season. You might have seen my wattsapp post earlier this evening which reflects how I feel about the past two Saturdays. I will leave it with you guys to reflect and come back next Saturday.  There is a hell of a lot to play off.

Meantime our 4s are in Sussex T20 Plate action at Rottingdean from 2pm and the Development Squad take on Littlehampton at home from 1pm. Good luck to both teams.

Let’s Go Nomads.

Cobo 6/7/24.

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