Proud to be a Nomad!
Good afternoon and welcome the last review of season 2019. Whilst it hasn’t been the season of dreams some of us might have been wishing (except for a baker’s dozen 2nd teamers) Saturdays big bash was the perfect way to bring us all together.
Huge thanks to David Symes and his better half, Terri for organising some excellent social bashes this season. For the first time, in about 100 years, we have enjoyed some excellent social occasions around the club. Up until last Saturday evening Ladies Day was the crowning glory but our End of Season Extravaganza was perfect! The Youth members would have enjoyed the occasion immensely and perhaps belting out Sweet Carolyn was taking the nite to a new dimension. Lets face it nights like that make you proud to be a Nomad! (nb I hope the tents have all now been taken away!!)
However, in a hard-hitting review, things could have been a lot better this season once crossing the white line.
2nd Team, Amazing !!
Ed (who is a man mountain) has had the perfect season. There might have been the odd loss, but Ed never allowed that to derail a juggernaut. After losing to big rivals Bexhill away (in the wind 10th August) the team went on the three-match winning streak. The latest beating Portslade to win Sussex Division Three East on Saturday. Dan I was the standout player scoring 90 odd and so eclipsing the bonus points needed. James M was in outstanding form aeroplaneing the Champions vibe and then knee sliding his way into the team photo. James M you are a Nomads Legend and know how to win things. Love you Man!!!!
Our 2nds are the standout!!!
1st Team Need to Improve.
After an amazing start to the season where we won 5 matches on the spin momentum was lost. The ECB challenge looked wide open until a dressing down at Roffey 9th June. Unfortunately, our Sussex Premier tilt lost ground with a last ball six at Cuckfield 8th June and a bad loss against EG at home on 6th July. Our Sussex T20 Blast campaign went well until running out of steam against Eastbourne on 11th August. Then with time running out we lost against Roffey 17th August and then suffered the final game hic up against Three Bridges away. Hopefully I am not speaking out of turn to say that given the amount of top-quality players including a wonderful opener and fielder Nathan Poole and a brilliant skipper in Dan at our disposal results haven’t matched up and needs to be addressed next season. Our 1st team are an important part of the Sussex Premier League and we should be challenging the top spot and making greater ECB Cup inroads
Something to dwell upon as we go into winter.
4th team Get Away with It!
Our 4th team under the guidance of Justin have been flirting with relegation all season. The team has been difficult to assemble at every level, but we have gone the extra mile. When we went to Horsted Keynes on 20th July we looked to have won a great game. Our bowlers did very well in a low scoring game. Oscar Jones 4 for 22!. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go on losing that one.
Since then we have won at Streat 3rd August and at home on Saturday against Colemans Hatch on Saturday.
Justin is a hero around here and has rightly been applauded!
Schidkamp I love you !!!!!!
Third Team Relegation confirmed!!
I love David Symes but cannot understand why we have been relegated this season. Our 3rd team have had some excellent players to call upon but its been a losing campaign. Relegation is a swear word around the SCMG but the team just didn’t seem to rise to the challenge of a final day show down at Barcombe. Michael Bell and Peter F batted well but 150 was never enough.
It’s a long way between the Sussex Div 6 and the Sussex Div two. So bringing players up is going to throw up some challenges next season.
Season 2019 has gone in a blink of an eye and following you guys around the County has been an honour and privilege. Perhaps the highlight for me personally has been the continued improvement of a certain young man who lives and breaths this sport. As a 12 year old in 2015 I interviewed a shy lad at Whiteman’s Green who had just past 1000 runs for that season. Since then he has blossomed into a player that we should all be very proud to call a Nomad. Of course, I am talking about Dan Ibrahim.
We have some brilliant people at this club all working their socks off to make this club the best in Sussex. You know who you are. Everything is in place to bring untold success out on those beautiful squares. It up to the rest of us to make it happen!
Colin Bowman - 03/09/2019