Editor: Keith Pitt, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a time of great change for all of us involved in cricket. A rewriting of the Laws of Cricket has operated globally since 1/10/2017 and we all need to be aware of how the changes affect us. In parallel with this, all league teams in Sussex are now part of one big developing structure, completing in 2019. Elsewhere in this edition Nigel reminds everyone of the changes which most directly affect umpires, scorers and team captains. This edition has not stuck strictly to the format of contributors, but uses those that are more directly involved.in the changing environment. Jimmy Mckemey has stepped down from the Vice-Captaincy and we welcome Dan Phillips as his replacement.
The Club has recently launched a new and up to date version of its own web site, preston-nomads.com. There are direct links between it and the play-cricket site. The Home Page of the league site will continue to carry up to date messages of club events and other matters, as well as being one of the places you can find the eLetters.
Two players have left the 1st XI squad to join other clubs. Dom Shepheard has gone to play for Linden Park in the Kent League and James Wilkes-Green , from Guernsey has moved to St James’s Montefiore. We wish them both great success for their new clubs. Henry Gane and Richard Dexter are moving away and will no longer be playing for Nomads. (See Jason’s article below).
Kash tells me that he hopes to sign several new players who have been coming to nets. I alsoknow of two new 1st XI players; Jeremy tells me that they are both New Zealanders, one being the Overseas Player and the other will qualify as a Class 1 (Local) player. ( See Dan’s article for further details).
This event will now go ahead on Saturday April 7 after the flood damage during the thaw. Please come and help. Also, please tell Clare or Jan if you are coming so that enough food can be brought in.
2018 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Preston Nomads and the 1st team. It’s fair to say for a few seasons we have not been fulfilling our potential and the league tables reflect this. Too many occasions we have been in good positions and not been able to finish the opposition. With a fresh perspective and a real drive during the winter to make changes, the start of the season cannot come quicker.
We have recruited very well during the winter to boost our bowling attack. With the arrivals of Navin Patel and Blair Tickner whom we welcome to the club we have 2 very experienced quick bowlers. This will bring an additional buzz into the first team and will make any team anxious to be playing us.
With great depth throughout the club, all players should be striving to play the best possible standard. The doors are open for any players that are excelling to move into the grade above. This starts with training, preparation, mentality and finishes with performance. In the 1st team we need to start seeing players that have the drive and determination to play for the 1st team and succeed. This will only make the club stronger. This calls for all players to attend trainings and train to impress.
This year- if our batsmen apply themselves like we know they can, the bowlers bowl with tactical nous and the fielders work hard for the team, you can expect us to have a couple of trophies in the cabinet!
With a few small changes we can get back to where we belong, winning!
Dan Phillips Vice Captain, 1stXI
Editor’s Note: Navin is English born and plays for Central Districts. Blair also plays for Central Districts and comes from Napier as our overseas player.
The Preston Nomads Academy / 2nd XI made great strides in 2017 playing the highest standard in their history against very good club 1st XI’s. This was very challenging cricket where there was a mix of Club 1st XI’s and the normal 2nd XI’s that we have played against for a number of years. Although the going was tough-we finished above half way as the top 2nd XI in the County and above 1 other 1st XI. This was a tremendous achievement after two previous seasons where we have won the league.
The movement into the 1st XI was disappointing despite their challenging season. The movement in between the 1st XI and the 2nd XI needs to be more pronounced moving forward recognising achievement and potential ahead of experience and longevity. It is recognised that this problem exists between the 2nd XI and the 3rd XI also and it is difficult to blood a new young player at the competitive levels that the club enjoys.
The 2018 season will be challenging as we are losing two fine 2nd XI players in Henry Gains and Richard Dexter. Both have given great service to the club and it is hoped that when both get older they might settle back in Brighton & Hove. We wish them both best of luck in the future.
The 2nd XI will have new ideas in 2018 with Owen Kernan taking over the captaincy. Owen is a great choice who is respected by senior and junior players and will fit in the role with ease. He has a nice way of dealing with the kids whilst retaining a competitive edge. Once again, the selection prior to term finishing will be challenging-but I am sure that the season promises great enjoyment and success!
I have already been speaking to my leadership group ahead of the upcoming season. We have worked out who will be assigned with the ‘important tasks’ and who we will have to ‘hang-out to dry’ if needs be. This nod to the recent controversy though is nothing compared to the move to the one league system!! It had been a long time coming and although plenty of teams have made a stand against it where they believe it will ruin village/smaller club cricket I am a supporter of the new format. Players have always moved clubs to test themselves at a higher standard and I do not see how the new format will increase this. If anything it may have the opposite effect where clubs can push themselves up the pyramid. For our club it will allow us to push the players no matter which side they play in. ‘The best club in Sussex’ tag that was accredited last season rings true with our teams’ positions within the pyramid set-up, highest ranked 3rd and 4th team . It is a credit to all at the club, especially those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to allow this to be the case and make the club an attractive proposition for new players.
Special thanks to David Thompson for his Chairmanship over the last few seasons, probably some of the most testing with the new set-up, of league and club, and the change to the overseas player policy, he leaves with the club in a great position. I welcome Jason Robinson to position and wish him all the best. He had a very successful tenure as 2nd XI Captain and I look forward to working with him and the committee to make sure the club is a continued cornerstone of Sussex cricket.
The 3rd team find themselves in Division 5 Central, consisting of teams from the East and West leagues. This will throw us in to some unknown and testing territory but with the never say die attitude that has grown amongst the team and the ability that is available at the club I am looking forward to the challenge. The change in the league has seen a change in playing conditions as well with half the games moving to a limited overs format of 40 a side. It’ll be a true test of captains and players due to the restrictions on bowlers’ overs and field placings. Availability is always the hot topic throughout the season and the cause of many late night or early morning phone calls. Please assist all the Captains with being available as much as you can and keeping everyone in the loop.
Away from my cricketing/captaincy duties this season I will be assisting Stephen Rigg with some social events. We are aiming for one a month with the 19th May being our first one. Make a note in the diary. More details will be sent out soon.
Once again I thank everyone that does so much work behind the scenes throughout the season and in the winter too. Without you we wouldn’t have the facilities that we are graced with; it truly is a privilege. Best of luck to all the teams. Once a Nomad, always a Nomad.
David Symes, Third XI Captain
We have started 2018 with 12 weeks indoor winter nets. The colt nets have been planned to run in line with the County programme with the help of County Coaches. We will carry the county programme to the outdoor nets on Friday evenings starting at the end of April with more scenario based live nets.
We are looking to recruit some players for U9s, U14s and U15s, if you know of anyone who would like to join please do let myself or Zuni know. Our U12s have two teams competing this year. We have the introduction of the U18 league which replaces the U16 league this year, giving youngsters more of a chance to play cricket if they missed out due to GCSCs.
The girls’ cricket at Nomads was started last year; it did go well, however, there is still a long way to go before we can enter competitions. I am wanting to push this again this year and, hopefully, by 2019 we can get a team ready.
Our primary focus is to promote the highest quality, of performance on an individual and team basis in order to develop cricketers to play for PNCC and Sussex teams. We have many Colts who were successful in reaching the District and County setup in all age groups for this coming season.
The adults have also started 2018 with the indoor nets; this has been successful this year with many players turning up and taking part. We have recruited a few new players who have taken part in the indoor nets. However, we are always looking to recruit new players our 4 Saturday teams and for the Sunday X1. The adults also had the facility to have some one-to-one coaching sessions for batting and bowling with Jimmy Anyon on a regular basis.
The boys are practicing hard with determination to have a successful season ahead of them. I
wish all our captains and players a successful season ahead.
Kash Ibrahim, Director of Cricket and Colts Manager
I personally welcome the new law because I feel player indiscipline is a direct challenge to the Spirit of Cricket. My colleague John Moore and I watched the worst piece of dissent either of us had ever seen at one of the recent Sussex Indoor Cricket Finals when a player twice shouted for a long and loud time at one of the Sussex League’s umpires. His colleague reported it to the SCB and thye used the League disciplinary panel to take action. He was banned from playing for his Club for the first 4 of their coming season’s league matches. I hope that the new law will help to prevent such scenes.
I am hoping that this season will see a return to warm Friday evenings and a good weather start for the season for everyone!
Cricket teas remain in the same format as last season with home-made cakes, savouries and food preparation mainly from scratch, which we hope that the players and visitors will enjoy. We try and vary the food each weekend but we are always happy to receive ideas for teas- within reason!
Food will be available again on Friday nights for as long as there is demand, and depending, on Sussex County CC T20 Friday night matches. I aim to cater for everyone, but if you have an allergy/food intolerance and you know you will want food on a Friday, just let me know and arrangements can be made!
Also, if you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion on a Friday or at a weekend match and want a special cake or food provided then do just let me know.
That’s it for now, just thanks again to all the helpers from last season, especially Cassie, also Sam & Maggie, who at the moment have promised to help again, plus all the behind the scenes helpers including Keith Pitt & Phil Brown, and the numerous volunteers who make this Club run as well as it does.
Best wishes for a successful 2018 to all!!
Courses were run in the County to go through the revised MCC laws, notably law 42, "Player conduct". Team captains must be familiar with the rule changes which will apply in all forms of League cricket. Scorers also need to able to understand what might be happening on the field in the event of an incident.
Scorers please note that the bowler penalty for a no ball cannot exceed one run plus any runs being scored off the bat. Any leg byes or byes resulting from a no ball will be recorded as fielding extras.
The scoring from wide deliveries remains unchanged.
Nigel Smith, First Team Scorer
Following a largely successful season for the Sunday XI last season, I am hoping to continue our reputation for playing friendly but competitive cricket for the upcoming season. Sunday cricket provides a great opportunity for cricketers of all skills. For the younger cricketers still playing age-group cricket, they are able to test themselves in adult cricket with prolonged opportunities with both bat and ball and perhaps even turn the heads of the respective adult team captains for league cricket! For the cricketers who are settled into playing league cricket for Nomads, Sunday cricket allows for an opportunity to play cricket in a more relaxed environment with the additional possibility to get some runs and wickets which can build confidence leading for league games.
With better availability than last season and weather permitting, we can hope for several home and away fixtures against competitive opposition.
Taron Ikram, Sunday XI Captain.
Ground work in 2018
February was a slower month as always, but we managed to cut all areas and did some outfield linear aeration in the hope of slicing up some chafer grubs that are working their way up to the top of the surface. We need to try to manage these grubs, otherwise birds and even badgers dig like mad to get an easy meal at our outfields’ expense.
During February we also re-squared up our North square using the 30, 40, 50ft method creating a 90 degree angle. We also maintained the small markers, “carrots” which are used to define the 15 strips on the north Ground. They ensure that all strips are accurate in size, shape and direction. We also spent time power washing screens in readiness for the season.
February was also a good month for more planning, stock control, machinery ordering, pitch placement, completing winter machinery servicing and re-painting our auto-roller(above)
Temperature and ground condition allowing, we hope to start pre-season rolling with our Dennis premier (36″) in a Union Jack pattern, with the last roll in the line of play. Then we will be building up weight once the soil has dried, then go onto the auto roller. Finally, rolling at maximum weight is likely to be early April.
Keeping the grass topped and lowering the height of cut will also go ahead this month. and liquid feeds if very cold or granular if and when temperatures pick up, the grass will get stressed with the rolling so a spring controlled released fertiliser will be needed. We will also, during March, begin preparing the grass for the season by gradually decreasing the height of the cut until it reaches around 5 mm. Various fertilisers and feeds will be used in response to the weather conditions it has to undergo.
Worm control will take place this month if necessary. The squares will be brushed to remove any surface winter debris. Where necessary, over-seeding will take place.
(Please note that this article was prepared before the current severe cold spells. Editor).
STOP PRESS: Brian tells me that as a result of the cold spells, we are 2-3 weeks behind schedule and that neither rolling nor cutting can start yet. Once they can start both will have to done more carefully than usual, meaning that rolling must be much lighter than usual until the ground has a chance to harden up to avoid damage and cutting is higher to avoid tearing up the surface. The quality of the pitches for the early part of the season will be dependent on the weather from now to the start of the season. The water table is very high and drying will depend very much on the sun and wind to take away the excess moisture to allow the lower layers to dry out into the underlay. The first cuts will leave 12mm of grass, with final match cuts at 5mm on the square.
Brian Sandalls, Preston Nomads’ Senior Groundsman
Keith Pitt - 29/03/2018