Also, a shout out to our new Development 11.
As writer of this regular column here at the Nomads I have never given up hope or indeed expectation that our wonderful Twos, lead by the competitive James Mckemey and the charismatic Ollie Gatts would go into the last 2023 Sussex League game with everything to play for. After a thrashing of Bexhill on 26th August that scenario in Division 3 East is on!!
Our Twos stepped out against Bexhill at the SCMG on Saturday and were faultless, bringing the game to a quick conclusion as they won by 143 runs. Gatts 58 and Aaron Phillips 71 off 68 balls played a huge part in a competitive total of 211 for 5 off 37. Rudy Northcott played his part with 23 not out.
It was carnage for the visitors as they stumbled to 68 all out and in the process sealing a painful relegation. It will be a shame to see them go. But for the Nomads both Adam I (my 2022 Junior of the season) and James Amor secured 4 wickets a piece for next to nothing. Boosting their averages massively!!
The outcome on 2nd September is a hugely murky grey area where all sorts of brilliant and not so brilliant things can happen. Not wanting to bore you but the second-place team in our division, the East will play the 2nd placed team in West at a neutral ground on 9th for a promotion spot. The top team in each div will be promoted automatically. Our boys are scheduled at top of the league St Peters at the Veledrome 12.30 45 overs each. The good news is that the weather looks in great nick (dry sunny ints) . It’s very important for us to go and take the win. With that we could go up automatically but most probably go into that playoff spot.
It’s going to be the Match of the Day so I will be there trying to make sense of it all as we head into the Div 3 climax. At this point all I can say is a massive shout out to James and his crew. We are all behind you on Saturday, huge messages of good luck. Have a great week on the training ground!!!
Chris Baker rubber stamps excellent Season with the Nomads Threes beat Scaynes Hill SCMG
Archie Eaton takes five for 28!
Our Threes are looking to finish their Div 6 campaign strongly after avenging defeat at Scaynes Hill earlier in the season. Chris Baker and I say this with all affection is an old school opening bat who is very comfortable looking at the long haul. His contributions to the Third team have been outstanding scoring over 500 league and cup runs for the club. He was at it again on Saturday scoring a highly regarded 50 off 84 balls. Archie Eaton knocked off 39 off 34 while Jamie Patrick hit 20 as Nomads settled on 188 for 6 off 38.
In reply Scaynes will be scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong.
Well youngster Archie Eaton, who is relatively new to the club, provided all the answers with five quick wickets and the MOM award. He seems the real deal and hopefully we can retain his services in 2024! Scaynes all out for 87, Fas a very happy skipper.
Last up for the Threes and trip to Lindfield. 1pm 40 overs each
Mal Joins 2023 Kiwi success at the Nomads. 4s washed out at St Andrews. Div 9
Nomads have certainly cashed in with great performances from our New Zealand players. Nav, Josh, J and Malorie Short have played huge parts in our success. Mal took her wicket tally to 23 with 4 for 32 as St Andrews stalled on 51 for 5. However, a huge and relentless storm burst hurtled across the Mid Sussex town of Burgess Hill and unfortunately that’s all she wrote.
Skipper Stephen Oliver has penned an entertaining piece which I will upload to the wattsapp channel soon. Please watch out for that. The 4s to end a very pleasing and satisfactory 2023 div 9 campaign, on home soil against Scaynes Hill 2s 1pm 40 overs each.
Development 11 beat Pulborough Away 27/8
Our new Development 11 team are doing very well and followed up with a 31 run win at Pulborough on Sunday. Matt Humby retired 50 not out Ted Hutchingson 29 William Dale 23 and Ryan Lategan 29 as Nomads scored 194 off 35 overs. Wickets were shared as the hosts came up short.
The writer believes that this new team has been inspired by Peter Forsythe as a dad’s lads and daughter’s kind of vibe playing semi competitive friendlies on Sunday afternoons. They have played 6 times in 2023 and have won most of them.
Bowman says ‘team, if you are reading our Development Side is bucking the falling Sunday afternoon cricket vibe which is great to see. Most of your games have been ‘on the road’ so congrats on securing these encounters. I am sure you guys are having a lot of fun which of course its all about. Let’s see how this progresses in 2024 and perhaps one of you can write up some match reports. From everyone at the club. Good luck with it all!’
Well, there you have it. I have been warning that our season was going around in a flash. With just one week left of the League season the Nomads have given themselves some very exciting opportunities as we go into September. Ones at Hove, Twos at St Peters and a myriad of exciting friendlies.
Let’s Go Make 2023 Golden!