After a brilliant weekend where three of our Senior teams picked up vital victories the club is on a roll as we head into the next round of exciting League fixtures. (Sat 26th June 2021). The 1st Team have now established themselves and the ones to beat in the Sussex Premier League as they went 19 points clear at Haywards Heath. The 2nd team eased their Sussex Two worries with that lovely home win against Roffey. Stephen Oliver was very proud of his 4s after a home win with veteran Ian Jones bowling 6 for 8. Its a result which sees the squad looking towards a promotion slot. While David Symes was left to reflect on a cruel and narrow 3rd team loss at St Andrews.
We all go again on Saturday but the adventure is slightly tempered by an annoying BBC weather chart across our region. It has light rain falling at 30 to 40 percent range all afternoon with not much sun or wind to push the showers through. There will be cricket played I am sure/hope but there might be the ‘odd’ interruption
Brighton and Stephen Travel to Fulking. Sussex Prem 11.30 start 110 overs on the day.
Our visitors will make the short trip over the Downs in very buoyant mood after a comfortable and moral boosting victory at the Nevill against Hastings. With the bat Adam Mates was the hero with a nice and much needed half century in a total of 181 all out. Simon Hetherton, 4 for 14, got rid of the influential Finch for 1 as Hastings folded cheaply.
Brighton started the season well with two early League victories and beating the Nomads in Sussex T20 Cup in May. Their Mid Table position after 7 games is perhaps a false one as they have the players and experience to be much higher up. Bryce Hounsome has 252 runs with Adam Mates 134.
Our own Stephen Rigg has settled in well around the Nevill taking three wickets last week and he enjoys top wicket taker in the club on 18 poles. He doesn’t need much introduction as we welcome him back the SCMG
Brighton and Hove CC will be eyeing up a quick 2021 double against the Nomads and have the tools to to do some real damage. However, our team are operating perfectly at this time and it would be a brave person to bet against the Nomads especially on home soil.
James and the Twos travel to Mid Sussex Lindfield Sussex 2 100 overs on the day 12.30 start
Its a lovely thing to say, this fixture is a mid table clash. Our twos are doing extremely well in a very tough environment. Saturday gives both teams the luxury of really going for it and propel themselves into the top half of the table.
Last week Lindfield broke a spell of three straight victories with a soul destroying batting collapse. Having looking through their June scores its kinda unbelievable that they were skittled for just 71 at Billingshurst. Shakeem Clark doing the damage 6 for 29. Before then they had beaten Bognor, Burgess Hill and St James. Lindfield’s strength lies in their opening batting department where Toby Shepperson and Apoorv Wankhade have made nearly 600 runs between them. Once these guys get rolling they can hang around and really hurt you. Alex Pedley and Harry Chaudhary lead the way with the ball 8 wickets a piece.
There is no getting away from the fact that James and his crew face yet another fierce test of their Sussex Div 2 credentials. However the team are showing remarkable resilience and a real competitive streak, Against the odds Nomads to force a narrow win on the road.
Ditchling CC make short trip West to be on the South Square. Sussex div 6 40 overs each 1pm start
Ditching’s march up the table was stalled last week at the competitive surrounds of Rottingdean. Dan Gorringe bowled well at the death taking 3 for 41 as Dean posted 172 all out off 37 overs. It was a get able score on that ground but I am sure that the visitors would of been disappointing to come up more than 50 runs short. Previous to that they took apart Poynings and Lindfield 2s with Rory Leadsom, Hamish Nolan and Ben Sippy in the runs. Dan Gorringe is the top wicket taker on 16 with Robert Kemp on 11 (and 4 catches and a run out)
Our Third team are looking for a much needed shot in the arm and a win that will propel them out of the Div 6 relegation zone. Hopefully we can bowl well, keep the extra’s to the bear minimum and again put pressure on that Ditchling batting line up for the 2nd week running. Our Third team really do have the personal and skipper to get themselves out of trouble. Lets put it all together on home soil this weekend. Thirds to be celebrating!
4s at St Matthias 2s Horsdean Sussex Div 8 1pm start 40 overs each team
A solitary point separates these two as they go into a huge mid table clash that could see the victors hammering against the top regions of Sussex div 8 come 7pm. St’s have three victories to their name with the latest coming on 12th June at home to Cowden. Andy Hancock was the star for Cowden with 54 runs but three for 14 from Gaurish Chawla turned the game. Prakash Mani carried his bat for 82 runs as St’s chased 135 just 3 down. Last weekend the team featured in a cancelled game without a ball being bowled.
Mani and Ashley Smith are top of the batting charts with nearly 400 runs between them. Chawla leads the bowling with 7 wickets.
Our 4th team will travel to Horsdean in great heart and hopefully they can get a fast start against a team that might be a little rusty after their week off. Its gonna to be good game and hopefully Ian can work his magic once again to bring back the points.
Well there you have it. All our teams have a great chance of picking up major points and hopefully we can secure that elusive 2021 clean sweep. From the media suit we do have to reign in some of that enthusiasm as those rain predictions seem to be remaining steadfast. Hopefully all four games can progress to a conclusion.
I will be at Wembley on Saturday to watch Italy and Austria with a ticket I picked up it seems a decade ago. So please could anyone out there at all the venues try to keep the info flowing through out the day.
Good luck to all connections.
Lets Go Nomads.