Starting play at 11-30 was a new experience for Nomads but we had familiar opponents in D2 who turned up with only 9 players but such is Nomads squad depth that we let them have K Stanley and Rana Ghosal, who kept wicket for them. Nomads batted and in the absence of Gardner opened with Terry and Barker. Barker was disappointed to be bowled off pad and bat, and Terry attempted to dance down the wicket and was stumped by Rana. Brannigan had been playing in his usual style but top edged one and Rana claimed the catch as his own. Loxley fell soon after putting Nomads at 4 down after 9 overs. Consolidation was called for and Rolfe and Fearon played no risk cricket. Inevitably reducing the runrate. Lee, Hughes and N Bryars wagged as the tail and raised the score to a competitive 171.
Unfortunately whilst several Nomads got a good start no-one could get that 50+ score which was what turned out to be needed.
Lee and Hughes opened and Lee claimed an early wicket but no further inroads could be made until Hoddy claimed a leg before but then Corey, who had looked a bit shaky early on, and Marsh grew more confident, especially Corey who was out to Hoddy attempting a reverse sweep. After 25 overs captain Terry rang the changes to try to get a wicket but in vain and D2 turned out comfortable winners in 33 overs.
Two 50+ scores by the opposition was really the difference between the 2 teams.
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Date: 27th Sept 2020
Start time: 11:30pm
Venue: Gorway Road, Walsall
Competition: 40 overs Friendly.
Scores: Lichfield Nomads 171 for 8, D2 175 for 4
Result: Ultimate Warriors beat Lichfield Nomads by 3 wkts
Scorer: J. Hoddy
Umpires: D Forster, M. Heslington
Report: J. Hoddy