Threes and Fours on Point with Fabulous League Wins.
Before we get into the action on behalf of everyone here at the club, I would like to send out heart felt messages to the Khan family at this difficult time. You guys are a huge part of our extended family here at the Nomads and we are all feeling your worry and pain. We send you our best wishes and thoughts.
Once again, the weather gods were on our side across the region this weekend to allow a full programme to go ahead with out hindrance. We haven’t lost a single moment of cricket since that 1st week of the season and it’s making the organisation and financial side of things very easy to maintain. And I guess our Members are loving it too!! Long may it continue.
In terms of results, it has to be said that 1st and 2nd July 2023 won’t go down as our greatest achievements but our 4s continue to roll in Division 9. Captain Stephen Oliver was ‘very proud of the spirit and team’ after their win at Scaynes Hill. Fas, our effervescent 3s skipper, will be hugely buoyed up by his team winning in division 6. He said it was a ‘total professional bowling performance’. Both our 3s and 4s head into the 2nd half of the season with promotion very much on their minds! As we have already seen our 1st team lost at Three Bridges and there was disappointment for our Twos on both days.
Scaynes Hill 2nd XI – 1st July 2023
A very different game of cricket
After last weeks 200+ run victory, the team gathered in good spirits at Scaynes Hill. The wicket feeling a little soft with lots of grass did not look like the same place where 520 runs had been scored the previous week (PNCC 3rd XI vs Scaynes Hill 1st XI). At the coin toss, both captains wanted to bowl first, but Scaynes Hill got the decision.
Under overcast conditions and jumpers being worn, Nomads settled in to watch Tate and Arjun. Unfortunately, the pitch conditions were slightly as feared and Tate got an “popper” early on. Mike B was watchful until he paddled a ball directly to square leg and Gary was equally mindful. Scaynes Hill were able to bowl line and pace that meant the batsmen was never fully settled and the risk of a mistimed shot to produce a catch was high.
At drinks we had settled on 97-2 (not dissimilar to last week) and the skipper was feeling that we had started to create the foundation from which we could progress.
But this was mis-placed optimism. The pitch/bowler combination did not change, and we succumbed to mis-timed shots giving catching practice to the fielders. We were all out for 137 (and note the opposition bowled 1 wide only!). Arjun had been the anchor, patient and scored a really important 47 (welcome back to a junior player who had impressed so much last year). He had enabled Mike and Gary to bat in their own way, with no pressure from the non-striker to distract.
In return, what could the Nomads do with the ball? Opening with Mal and Taylor, the sun was out and with more pace, the wicket showed no sign of earlier inconsistencies. One of the Scaynes Hill openers was determined to bring the fight to Nomads, the balance looked to be sliding away from us. Then Taylor decided to use the Australian test tactic and bowled a short ball. The bat (in true English style) got a glove brush as he tried to bash it out the park and Tate made lots of ground to take a diving catch one handed with the gloves.
The momentum was stopped and the opposition had to rebuild. But this looked less easy as Taylor was clearly fast enough to unsettle the #3 bat and Mal kept everything straight. An LBW was her first reward as the pressure gently built. Gary took the ball from Taylor and in partnership with Mal made runs difficult to achieve. Although the pitch had dried out, the catches started to come. Fortunately, mostly in the direction of Luke “bucket hands” Owen. Mal had 3 wickets. Gary joined the wicket taking party and found the line and length to hit the stumps in 2 consecutive balls. No hattrick, but wicket taking continued and 5fer achieved. Luke grabbed the last wicket with a c&b.
The fielding display had been really good. Danny and David had key positions and showed commitment to ensure the result was “dot” not runs. Our catching looked confident at all times. Taylor had unintentionally created and then Tate converted a “half chance” into a wicket that very probably created the opportunity to fight back. Arjun had anchored the batting on a difficult day. This was a full team win. Very proud of the spirit and team.
Stephen Oliver 3/7/2023
3s Beat Linfield at the SCMG Div 6
It was a total professional bowling performances from us as we bowled Lindfield out for 107. Raffi and asad were stars with the ball as they both took 8 wickets between them ( raffi 6 asad 3). Fielding was top which includes 2 run outs and some quality Catches, we put of life of pressure on the oppo and top of all the energy was awesome.
With the bat we had a little shaky start as both openers were dismissed quite early but a solid partnership between the star with the bat sam mastu ans and Rowland took us near the finish line.
St Peters Rubber Stamp Top Spot at the SCMG Division 3
It was top verses second at the SCMG in Division 3 where St Peters brought their A game to run out comfortable winners. Kash won the toss and slung them in but soon Max Wheatley and Harry Craker were smashing boundaries to all parts. Sharuvinothan Yoganathan then scored a very rapid 60 with James Hope contributing 48 to a huge total of 312 off the 45 overs. In reply Danial Lategan and Jacques Wilson provided some resistance but the Nomads were bowled for 114. After some magical Twos results the run came to a shuddering halt. However, the lads are right up there in the promotion hunt and will go again on Saturday. Glynde at Home 12.30pm 45 overs each team.
Sussex T20 Cup (Final at Hove later in season)
The excitement around the SCMG on Sunday was palpable as our 2s and Middleton got it on from Mid Day. With a BBQ on going and bar open for business there was a big crowd watching on from both clubs. Huge favourites, Sussex Prem Middleton started their inns well and were 101 for 5 and looking in complete control. But four for 21 off 4 overs from James Amor and four Ollie Gatting catches had their middle order in a spin as they settled on 143 for 9.
There was a real buzz around the SCMG as the openers strutted out. Batting at three and four two Nomad old stagers, Robert Wakeford (29) and Liam O’Brien (23) looked to be giving us a winning platform. However, Middleton managed to avoid a proverbial ‘banana skin’ when Josh Wood and Russell Talman bowled with distinction. The Nomads coming up 33 runs short.
The Nomads can still dream of a T20 Hove Finals Day appearance or 2! The 1st Team need to play Roffey away and 3rd team Steyning away in the Quarter Finals later in July.
1st Team week 1 19 week 2 18 week 3 26 week 4 30 week 5 14 week 6 7! Week 7 16 Week 8 16
2nd Team week 1 23 week 2 18 week 3 15 week 4 32 week 5 19 week 6 25 week 7 18 Week 8 17
3rd Team week 1 39 week 2 35 week 3 19 week 4 47!! week 5 32 week 6 26 week 7 62!! Week 8 19
4th Team week 1 12 week 2 26 week 3 34 week 4 24 week 5 25 week 6 29 week 7 34 Week 8 25
Much better on the extra’s front with a League club total of 77. Let’s keep that up and get it under 70 next week!
Well, there you have it, another weekend done and dusted around the SCMG. Huge congrats to the 3s and 4s this time around, keep it rolling. Have a great week on the training ground and we go again on Saturday.