Twos Star on Saturday. Ones and Dev Team Rule Sunday 29th 30th June

Published On: July 3, 2024Categories: News and Reports

Its time to settle back as we relive the action from week 8 of the current Sussex League. Warts and All!

Twos Go Back-to-Back in Div 2 as Baalaaj grabs the Limelight     SCMG

Regular readers will recall that our Twos have a new inference after that wonderful Saffrons victory last week.  These guys have so much talent that we now feel that regular wins will be incoming.  This week it was the Rotters who felt the force!

For the 2nd week running our 2s posed all sorts of questions with bat in hand. Kerft scored a rapid 28 but it was his running mate kiwi Bartosh Short who delivered 89 runs off 91 balls including two 6s. It’s a certainty that we will all be proud of young Adam Ibs who made his debut 50 as Nomads rested on 250 for 9 off 53.

Abdulwahb Shafi batted well for Rotters scoring 82 but that was never going to be enough as Baalaaj rattled off 6 wickets for 35.  Twos take 30 points!

Regular skipper James M was on 1st team duty, but his Vice, Ollie G duly stepped up and has written a thoroughly good read.

The seconds recorded back to back wins against Rottingdean. Having lost the toss we were asked to bat first. On the back of their demolition of the Eastbourne bowlers last week, Jaedyn and Kobe got us off to another flyer. Once they brought their spinners on, we found the going tougher, slipping from 96-1 to 163-7, with Jaedyn batting superbly once again for his 89. This brought together the dad and son Ibrahim combination together, as Adam batted excellently for this maiden second team 50 and helped us reach 250-9 at the end of our allotted overs, which would be very challenging on a turning wicket.
Zidane and Jacques opened up, with both getting the ball to move around and picking up a wicket apiece. Kashy also got a couple of early wicket into his spell before the MOM came onto bowl – Baalaaj, who was turning it both ways and always threatening the stumps. He managed to pick up the last 6 wickets, to end with figures of 6-35, with Nomads winning by 72 runs


Ones Get Closer to Hove with Roffey win   T20 Cup

Roffey batsman Sam Henderson 33 and Matt Davies 42 n.o. were the mainstays of 132 for 6.  Lion-Cachet bowled beautifully 2 for 13 but it was Dan Phillips who had the Nomads purring with three for 28.

Dan 40 off 18 including 3 sixes and Jonty 42 off 18 took the game away.

Nav sends word.

After suffering our first hard fought loss of the season in the Prem on Saturday, the lads were determined to bounce back quickly with a win on Sunday in our T20 Cup quarterfinal against Roffey.
The lads turned up focussed and with a clinical energy & buzz.
We took this straight into the field after I lost the toss and Roffey chose to bat on a slow and turning track.
We immediately bowled disciplined lines and lengths and to our field creating pressure, minimising boundaries and taking wickets.
This theme continued throughout the whole Roffey innings meaning we were able to restrict them to 132. Dan Phillips was excellent picking up 3 wickets.
With the bat we knew it was all about positive intent and building partnerships.
Zach, Danny & Jonty oozed class & power and put on a show for the supporters as they mowed down the target in just 13 overs.
It was an empathic victory and sees us march into the semi finals against Bolney who we certainly won’t be taking lightly. They are a dangerous side and have played some good cricket, defeating some big teams on their way to the semis so it promises to be a great encounter.
A pleasing end to the weekend though.


Dev XI beat Lewes at Home on Sunday   T20

Our new Sunday phenomenon, the Development Team rose to their challenge to beat Lewes in a T20 friendly.  It’s a mix of youth and experience where we are looking to give our members a fresh experience of fun but semi competitive cricket.

S Forsythe scored 30 retired, H Scrase 31 retired, L Standen 25 and J Duvall 28 as Nomads raced to 142 off the allotted.

F Long provided a scare with a top score 31 but Nomads were brilliant with a ball.  Wickets were shared with T Rowland the pick two for 2 opening up.  Lewes 36 runs short.

Good fun all around at the SCMG.




Ones Battle at EG but Tom Hinley refused to Budge.  Its our 1st Premier League loss.

Our Ones put in a sustained and robust effort in the field however EG batter Tom Hinley dug in for 60 not out as EG got over the line to raucous celebration at Saint Hill.

Nav decided to bat on a ‘used’ wicket and things progressed well with a 44-opening stand. Everyone got starts but as it turned out 176 all out wasn’t quite enough.

Congrats to EG and good luck as you rise that Premier League.  Thanks for hosting and providing tea.  We will be ready for you guys back at HQ!

Threes Can’t ‘Bridge’ the Gap in Kent. Div 6

After a lengthy road trip to Edenbridge Faz had rest bite by winning the toss and deciding to field. It was a bit of a false dawn as Mason 70, Bouch 47 and Holmes 37 plus of course those pesky extras 49 had the Kent team very much in charge.  Charlie Davies took three wickets but pick of the bowlers was Yosef with an economical 1 for 37 off 8.  Bridge with a massive 332.

Jamie P has had two good weeks and put us in with a chance, 61 off just 50 balls.  Charlie Davies scored 66 not out so huge congrats to him with Yosef completing a good day for him 66.

But in truth it was a huge ask and the Nomads fell 54 runs short and 13 points.  Our Threes continue their relegation dog fight in Division 6. A win at home next week would be hugely beneficial.

Faz sends word.

On Saturday we travelled all the way to Edenbridge, after winning the toss I decided to bowl first as I thought we had a better batting line up and would suit us to chase.
Their openers went off to a flyer. They used the power play really well and scored at almost 11 an over. After 10 overs they were 110. A bowling change from both ends did bring their run rate down but the momentum was still their way. After 20 they were 170 with 3 down. With a few slow overs and wickets in their hand did again started to take the run rate up and end their 40 overs with 330/8.
Our opening stand was cut short in the first over when our centurion from last match Adam Rowland was bowled. Jamie Patrick then joined muadh and both put a solid 50 partnership until muadh was given LBW on 21. That brought me on the crease and again tried to build a partnership with Jamie who was going really well. I later departed for 22, then a few overs later Jamie on a well made 61 and Alfie on 13 saw us on 128/5. Charlie Davies and Yosef Salameh then put on a 100+ partnership to put us with a chance. Both batted with ease took chances and kept the run rate required within reach. Yosef was later dismissed on 60 which then made things a little difficult for young charlie ( 66*)to do it on his own. He tried to build partnerships with Waqar and Taylor but the run rate got a little out of reach.
We ended up with 278/8 and on a loosing note.
But there was a lot to late away from this game. Previously I had talked about batting in partnerships, building innings and taking responsibility and although we lost but our batsmen showed a lot of character, took responsibility and made good partnerships which I am really proud off

Fours Give Up 301 Runs to Lewes in SCMG Loss  Div 6

Mal might just be rueing her decision to insert Lewes on what appeared to be a South Square ‘road’.  Dave Marks got the Lewes party rocking with 79 up top then Robert Manktelow 87 and Kevin Ives 59 were the last to leave as the visitors piled up the runs.  It was a tough day on bowling averages except for Ollie Hewitt who went three for 40 off 7 overs.  Huge congrats to him.

Ollie and William started well with 66 up top.  Ziggy 32 Oliver 44 and Forsythe 39 all batted well but that target was just too big as Lewes won by 72 runs.  Its loss which taps the brake on our 4s hopes of promotion.

As always Luke comes up with something all together more entertaining.

Date; 29th June 2024
Location; SCMG
Opposition; Lewes Priory CC 2nd XI
Of course it is always easier to write these on the back of a win, however unfortunately we came into our second loss of the season in the league, so I’ll keep this succinct. Congratulations to Lewes for their 30 points and deserved win.
In the Thai-infused debrief Mal and some groaning oldies picked apart all the opportunities we had to win the game and frankly there were enough.
To set the scene we amassed on the beautiful South ground (as ever thanks to Ian and Biz!) with a squad who were being given an exciting opportunity to stake their claim on a Saturday afternoon squad spot, whilst others sunned themselves away from Clappers – presumably at a local turkey farm.
Lewes were inserted and made a hasty start, they were 50-0 after 5 which through the introduction of Daddy Forsythe was wrangled back to 70-1 after 13, Mal bowling the opener. Daddy F had made a tremendous contribution with the ball and arguably his column reading 39 for 0 could have been 39 for 5 if appeals had been agreed and catches held.
The game ebbed and flowed with our purple patch coming from Ollie of U13 captaincy fame, three times having the batter go ariel for a bit of wizardry from Merlin to nestle the ball in his buckets. Danny’s caught and bowled with his 4th delivery was very well taken and worth the mention!
Unfortunately with the bountiful lifelines the batters were given, they were able to cash in and whilst at one point we were convinced we would keep Lewes below 200, they finished on 301. Some remarkable hitting / ball losing from the 5 and 6 made us sympathise for those in the league that have to bowl to the likes of Luke and Mike.

Lunch the highlight as ever, improved further by the echoes of Cobo’s voice resonating around the pavilion. Some say it was through the 1st XI livestream that Cobo’s encouragement could be heard but I’ve got it on good authority that we now have the press officer mic’ed up at all times, just pop to the bar for anecdotes of inspiration whenever you need one on demand.

True to form, Mal backed us to chase the score and youngsters Ollie (48) and Bongo (34) (runs not age!) were given the privilege of making the first dent. The boys were fantastic and given the size of the boundary it’s a testament to their hitting and timing that Lewes had retreated to boundary riding within the 3rd over. Keeping in mind that we were chasing 300, Ollie and Bongo got themselves comfortably ahead of the rate! Compliments a plenty from the fielders were well deserved for the youngsters. Unfortunately, Ollie’s demise came about on the arrival of his Mum, as he was looking to make his 50 the distraction of pocket money was all too much, that run bonus for a 50+ score is weeks away. The Lewes skipper remarked at the end of the game that he’d given up working out how to get Ollie out, he “couldn’t see a weakness in his game!” Arguably the same could be said for Bongo as Lewes resorted to a hit and run flattening of the young man whilst he was minding his own business at the non-strikers end. A decent shiner and a fantastic 34 for the Aussie. Ziggy (when his lungs allowed) looked very accomplished with the bat which included back to back sixes over the sightscreen. Stephen did was Stephen does and formed a good partnership with Daddy F to bring us to the 175 maximum batting point bonus, both reaching 40 odd with some genuine shot making. We concluded on 229, comfortably beaten on the scorecard but realistically it was not the pummelling that a 72 run loss would suggest.

We head into a another early-season title match at the tricky wicket of Scaynes Hill next week, agreed to take greater personal responsibility on and off the field to amass 30 points.


Well, a mixed weekend around the SCMG where only our 2s made important league ground. Baalaaj and Jaedyn continue to trend very well for the Nomads so congrats to them.

We now go into those hugely important mid-season fixtures where we need to keep that accelerator pushed to the floor. If we are to go into the business end of 2024 with title and promotion hopes, we will need a good July. I challenge to club to go win a dozen league matches during the next four Saturdays!

Lets Go!


Cobo 3/7/24

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