Dan Lategan’s Ton Crucial in Play Off Run Fest.
Preston Nomads Twos and Steyning CC had been battling hard all season both in Div 3 west and east to earn a showcase ‘winner takes all’ playoff game at beautiful Glynde. Owing to great weather and it being the only league cricket in the county a huge crowd of cricket fans turned out to watch the action unfold. In stifling heat everybody on the property was treated to thrilling encounter!
Nomads were put into bat. Openers Baalaaj and Ollie Gatts had to really settle to the task. The first ball stayed low which gave indications of a tricky opening salvo. Martin and Redding got a nice tune out of the new ball which zipped about for the 1st half hour. The in-form Khan would have been pleased with the start he made adding a nice boundary to the scoreline. However, a mistimed drive fell straight to Young who took a regulation catch. Lategan came the crease with the score on 19. Both batters got their heads down for the long haul which put Nomads in the driving seat. As the score past 50 for 1 batting got a little easier as the attack started to leak the odd pie and give away extras. Ollie then produced not one but two ‘back-to-back’ champagne moments. He put his bat through the line to send a stunning six, over the heads of his mum and dad and into the adjacent ‘allotment’. Just for good measure he repeated the dose very next ball. (He told me later he didn’t feel either of them off the bat!). Huge cheers rang out from the Nomads dressing room. He went on to a brilliant half century. However, things soon turned into the Lategan show as his inns took shape. Even though he was finding the middle with a pulsating crack with every shot fielders were stopping the ball. But that all changed as he found rhythm and accuracy. There was then no stopping him as he struck 14 boundaries and 8 maximums. His best coming as a straight drive which right over the scorer’s hut virtually landing on the south downs. Nomad legends Wakers, Faith and Ibrahim all supported the effort hitting 9 boundaries between them. With Dan eventually going for 128 the Nomads were very happy with 289 all out off the 45 overs. B Poyser the bowling pick with three for 52 off 6.4 overs. Harri Lee Young providing a pulsating moment with a flying one handed wonder catch to remove Kash.
A hugely welcome and lovely tea provided by the host club. Huge thanks to Glynde for providing much needed refreshments.
Tidley (23) and King (34) got the response off to the best possible start with score gliding past 50 with out loss. However, Kernan and Ibrahim struck in consecutive overs with the score on 62. When Tyler went for just 8 Nomads looked in complete charge. However, Steyning are made of stern stuff as Lee-Young and Owen Piper began to wrestle the initiative. The score quickly started to mount as did the cheers and excitement from the huge Steyning contingent. With the game on a knife edge Harri just kept hitting boundaries. Nomads a little ‘uncomfortable’. With just 100 needed skipper James then made a huge gamble in bringing on the very ‘occasional’ Lategan on to bowl. It was his day! 2nd ball and the huge wicket of Harri was taken on 85. Quite the brilliant inns.
But Steyning weren’t done as Piper (33) and Redding (26) built yet another thrilling chapter in a captivating run chase. Two massive Redding 6s had the ground holding its breath once more as the scores became quite close. It was left to Wakers to pouch a difficult chance out deep to take out the dangerous Redding. And that was the end of the excitement as the sustained and valiant Steyning chase came to an end.
Nomads victorious by 35 runs.
Lategan said (see full interview on whattsapp) ‘it’s been a fun day, the ball was coming off the bat well but then you have to make the most of the chance. The Nomads have one more big game in 2023 at Hove. It’s a huge opportunity and we are looking forward to the experience!’
James said ‘ its been a good win, I am delighted to take us back to division 2. Their overseas played really well and we needed that wicket. Dan is a serious player and that was very pleasing inns. I think he needs another 6 or 7 years in the twos before stepping up to the ones’.
Bowman said ‘first of all huge thanks to Glynde CC for hosting and looking after us all. A brilliant stage to hold such an important event. Loving the burgers!!! Hopefully all the fans will agree that we were treated to a high class, tension filled cricket match played by two highly skilled teams. Steyning played a huge part in the excitement, they should be very proud of their performance. Good luck to them in 2024.
Our twos have done so much more then win a cricket match. They have created a legacy which means that Preston Nomads CC can now offer high class competitive cricket over their top two senior sides. 2024 comes with huge opportunities for our talented members and hopeful recruitments.
Two’s, you guys have ridden the losses with robust vigour, but I have always believed you had it in your locker to produce such an outcome. I am super proud of you all!