Darley Abbey C.C. v Lichfield Nomads C.C.

Nomads Continue Winning Run

A spell of warm weather was much welcomed for our, now traditional, late in the season trip to Darley. Star players Cogzell and Mahmood, amongst others, were rested but we saw the return of, now occasional players, Westwood and Forster and also Basi and Turnbull, plus much travelled player Moss.
Winning the toss Nomads fielded and, as usual, Dan Lee bowled superbly claiming 3 wickets for 14 runs in his 8 over spell. At the other end Luke Turnbull bowled almost as well but with no luck, particularly in one over when 3 streaky shots all went to the boundary. Lee Westwood replaced Turnbull and showed a little rustiness against Darley’s best batsmen. Tony Jordan removed one of these batsmen and with R Cox retiring at 50, as agreed, the back of the Darley batting was broken. Twelve year old D Cox just strayed out of his crease and keeper Dave Rolfe whipped the bails off to some grumbling by the umpire Straw. It’s a man’s game. Jas Basi had a couple of overs, claiming a wicket and John Hoddy and Dan Moss claimed a couple of wickets each at the end.
With a lightning fast outfield and shorter than usual boundaries, Nomads were pretty confident of achieving the required target. Pete Gardner and Rana Ghosal both looked confident and scored at a brisk rate although T Redgrave went for only 12 in his 6 overs. Gardner was out caught in the 10th over and Luke Turnbull came in. Turnbull had seemed a bit upset at not getting any wickets and concentrated on demolishing the bowling, especially poor IM Bhatti who had 49 knocked off him in 3 overs. Turnbull reached his 50 with a final 6 in little over 30 balls. There was scant respite for Darley, however, with Dan Moss scoring his 24 with 6 fours. Ghosal who had batted well and looked capable of reaching 50 could only look on from the other end but he did score his PB for Nomads of 32.
Another convincing victory for Nomads saw our winning run continue with hopes of a winning season, especially if T20 matches are not considered. The only disappointment of the day was the Abbey Inn now being closed.

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Date: 5th Sept 2021
Start time: 1:00pm
Venue: Darley Abbey
Competition: 40 overs Friendly
Scores: Darley Abbey 149 for 9 all out, Lichfield Nomads 151 for 1
Result: Lichfield Nomads beat Darley Abbey by 9 wkts
Toss: Nomads won the toss and elected to bowl.
Scorers: J. Hoddy
Umpires: Various
Report: J. Hoddy
Weather: Hot