Threes lose 2024 Div 6 Central opener at Hove Rec. Ted wins it for Palmers. 11/5/24

Published On: May 12, 2024Categories: News and Reports

Nomads Match of the Day

Under beautiful aqua skies and very pleasing temperatures both teams stepped out on Hove Rec relieved to get the 2024 league season underway.  The Rec was looking a real picture with a lush green tinge to the outfield and perfect looking deck.  Spring rains had obviously done a lot of good around the property.  Fas duly won the toss and decided to sling the hosts in.

There was little to suggest the actual result early in the piece as Nomads dominated proceedings for a good 30 minutes. Buoyed on by an energetic set of fielders both Zidane Khan and young George Sowerby used the new ball very well.  Adam Rowland snaffled a difficult chance off Khan and then Sowerby produced the Nomads Champagne moment when having the other opener caught behind by Mumbles. There was unbridled celebration towards the youngster as Palmers faltered to 6 for 2.  However, as we all know they are a competitive bunch especially at home. From that moment on it was all about them.

Enter Mom Ted Bloomfield. After a slowish start to his inns he got going showing all manor of quality shots.  Even controlled reverse sweeps! Our early fielding exploits were a thing of the past as we dropped him in the 20s and 50s.  In all honesty these were very presentable chances. But give a good batsman chances and you usually pay the price.  Ted along with the solid looking Apurv Chauhan (57 no) went on to take the game out of reach.  He hit six maximums and another 25 fours on route to a massive 172.  It was carnage for our attack with three players going for plus 8 an over.  After 40 overs Nomads trooped off knowing they had a mountain to climb chasing 287. Kahn the pick 3 for 26 off 7.

The experienced pairing of George C B and Adam R got the response off to a very sensible start. You always feel your in any cricket match with 50 without loss and that’s how things panned out. In fact, the scored danced merrily to 72 before Rowland holed out to that man Bloomfield for 26. George was defiantly on my century whisky trail until he was cruelly run out on 46. Davies 24 and English 30 did well to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However, after their departure the inns crumbled with only Will Hutchinson providing any real resistance.  186 all out after just 35 overs.

Palmers with a stinging 101 run victory 30 points Nomads 5 batting and 4 bowling points.

Fas told the waiting media ‘that scoreboard does reflect a bit of a trouncing today. We did drop Ted several times but in general our bowling and fielding were OK. Its with the bat we made mistakes and other than George and Adam we didn’t make any real partnerships. Congrats to Palmers they are a good team. However, we are an extremely talented squad, and we have a burning ambition to gain promotion this season. We need to bounce back at home next Saturday!

Bowman said ‘ Many thanks to Palmers for hosting, congrats and good luck for the season. Fas if you are reading, I have done some historical research on this division since 2018.  I believe you can lose 4 games and still have enough points to gain that coveted promotion. Remember this one lose doesn’t define a season.  As suggested in my preamble Palmers are a competitive aggressive bunch at home and us Nomads never do well there. They demonstrated those tracts out in the field today and were worthy winners. But for me cricket is a simple game where the age-old cliché ‘catches win matches’ rings so true. The team need to reflect on that Bloomfield inns and work out where it went wrong.  As to be fair 186 runs will be quite competitive in this league.  Have a great week on the training ground and get ready for Brighton 3s at the beautiful SCMG. It will be very important to get that league season very much up and running.  George, Khan and Mumbles had fair games but for me young Geoge Sowerby is the Nomads Man of the Match for producing that early Champagne moment.

Oh, and note to self ‘don’t go to Hove Rec in 2025!’

Colin Bowman  11/05/2024

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