Probably for the first time in their history Nomads started a match in the morning due to the need to return for the start of the European Football Championships where England were due to play Italy.
Nomads batted first and Pete Gardner and Rana Ghosal opened. The bowling was not too demanding but Ghosal found another interesting way to get out by attempting a run after being dropped. Gardner sent him back and he was run out from, as it turned out, a no-ball. Keith Stanley then stuck around with Gardner for a stand of 65 before being caught for 12. Jas Basi scored 4 but then gave way to Sam Bryers who batted really well and with Gardner took the score to 117 before Gardner was caught off a widish ball for a splendid 63. Nick Bryers then joined Sam in one of the Nomads’ rare Father-Son partnerships. Sam looked set for his Nomads’ maiden 50 but got a bit ambitious and was caught on 42. Nick went on to achieve his career best 21no and with the help of Ian Hughes and Dave Rolfe took the total to 205-6.
With a slow outfield the score of 205 looked to be a healthy total. Sam Bryers and Dan Lee opened the bowling and, for once, Lee gained just reward for his tight bowling capturing the first three wickets and conceding just 6 runs. This time it was Bryers who bowled well for little reward. This put the opposition on the back foot and, with several very young players and Ian Hughes and Daz Cartwright bowling well, scoring runs proved difficult. However Hextall and N Daw started knocking the ball around giving a faint hope to Fleckney. However John Hoddy had men posted at deep mid-on and wide deep mid-on both of whom, namely Dan Lee and Sam Bryers, took excellent catches to dispatch the dangerous batsmen. It seemed appropriate to give Jas Basi and Rana Ghosal some overs and Ghosal in particular had a good spell. Then Bryers senior, ie Nick, came on to claim 2 late wickets thus giving the Bryers family a good day out. Fleckney ended up with 113-8 giving Nomads a 92 run victory.
This was a game played in good spirit making the long trip to Fleckney worthwhile and although the margin of victory was large if the opening batsmen had not succumbed to Lee so quickly then the game would have been a lot closer.
It was only pointed out later that this was John Hoddy’s 400th appearance for the Nomads.
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Date: 11th July 2021
Start time: 11:00am
Venue: Ian Wallace Ground, Fleckney
Competition: 40 overs Friendly
Scores: Lichfield Nomads 205 for 6, Fleckney 113 for 8
Result: Lichfield Nomads beat Fleckney by 92 runs
Toss: Fleckney won the toss and elected to field.
Scorers: J. Hoddy
Report: J. Hoddy
Last update: 26 July 2021