What better on a warm(ish) late spring day then a trip out to The Island of Adventure! The many Nomadic fans of Enid Blyton’s famous ‘adventure’ series will have instantly thought of those fine books as they drove across the bridge leading to Desborough Island (artificially created in the Thames in the 1930’s) to meet their hosts Weybridge Vandals.
Upon arrival the Nomad’s were greeted by a packed carpark and the swinging sounds of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ – surely the Vandals hadn’t booked Scoops favourite band to entertain us…? They hadn’t. There was, however, a karaoke singer belting out pop classics and a big crowd enjoying a fun day of games and dancing. The Nomad’s quickly put these diversions from their minds and concentrated on getting their heads into a pre-match ‘zone’. After a couple of pints in the zone, Daisy set off to lose the toss for the third week running and the Nomad’s were put in the field for a 40 over game.
Opening with the established combination of Mikey and Mahesh, the Nomad’s comfortably contained the Vandal’s opening partnership of Foreman Jnr and Bentley – looking sharp in the field to support some fine bowling from both of our openers. With Foreman Jnr beginning to push the score along, Mahesh produced a fizzer that was smartly held low down by Clint and the Nomad’s began to dominate the early part of the game. Mahesh went on to bowl through his full 8 overs and produced an excellent spell of 3 maidens, 1 for 38. Time for a change and the skipper looked to Roy and Smarty for further wickets. These quickly came, as Roy took the wickets of Bentley, Baker and Connaughton with a series of outrageous balls – all of which caused the batsmen to offer up catches in total confusion and disbelief. Two were smartly held by Naresh and one by the Rabbi (still recovering from having to keep wicket a week ago). In the mist of all of this Nomadic success little notice had been taken of the arrival of Nicholson – a young South African left hander who had only been in the UK for a week. More of him later…
The Nomad’s continued to dominate and sharp spells from Smarty (moving the ball miles and bowling with confidence) and Richie meant that after 30 overs the Vandals had only posted around 100. Meanwhile, Nicholson had been quietly getting his eye in and batting with great patience. Together with Powell he began to accelerate and suddenly he had reached his 50 and was starting to take the Nomad attack apart. Richie got Powell, but even with the return of Mikey and four overs from Naresh there was no stopping Nicholson and he went on to make 108 not out, with the Vandal’s closing on 229. For someone who had apparently never scored 50 before this was a super performance. The Nomads retired to tea, slightly shell-shocked…
With the smell of a hog roast on the evening air, the Nomad’s openers took the field to begin the run chase. The Rabbi was out early, caught off the bowling of Forman Snr and this brought in Naresh – quickly followed by Daisy, after Tuffers was beaten by a fast Yorker. A useful partnership then developed, with both players looking strong. In particular, Naresh was stroking the ball beautifully and the Nomads started to get back into the game. With the fall of Daisy, Scoop entered the fray and held up an end as the runs stared to come. His reward was a nasty beamer into his ribs and eventually he was run out in typically Nomadic chaos… Naresh was out after a fine 28, allowing Richie the opportunity to try and hit the ball off of the island – which he had a couple of good goes at doing! After Rich was out (caught of course) Roy came and went and the Nomads looked down and out with a 100 or so to get.
The arrival of Mikey and Smarty should have signaled the start of the tail and a final Nomadic collapse – but both are fine batsmen and they began to hammer the Vandals attack. Mikey hit a fantastic 49 and Smarty 35 in a partnership that threatened a dramatic Nomad’s victory chase. In the end the Nomad’s finished on a very creditable 200 all out, just short of success.
A tremendous days cricket, against a strong Vandals side with a number of first team players in their line up. For the Nomads, great bowling from Marhesh, Richie, Smarty and Roy – and fine batting performances from Mikey, Smarty and Naresh. The evening finished with hog roast, beer and Roy explaining exactly how he got his three wickets… the Island of Adventure had worked its magic again!
Submitted by: Clint