The match was played on a chilly, cloudy day at NPL cricket grounds. After much confusion as to which temporary changing room was home and away the boys were changed and ready to get stuck into what looked to be a challenging game.
Skip and Nigel lost the toss and we were put into bat on what looked to be and even wicket. Nigel and Tuffers opened the batting and unlike the toss Nigel had definitely not lost his batting touch; as he opened his account with a sequence of fours. Tuffers was a little slower off the mark and was dismissed for 7.
Jeff Raby kept Nigel company until a great ball dismissed the skipper just short of his first ton of the season on 98.
A couple quick wickets including Jeff (45) saw Rich take to the crease and play his first shot across the line just moments after promising the skipper that he was not going to do so. This did not prove to be a problem as he swiftly moved onto 38 but was caught in the deep. The tail added a few vital runs to bring our total up to 290 for 7.
After some cake and tea we were ready to defend out total. Opening bowlers Mikie and Mahesh kept the opening pair at bay with a few chances going a miss.
After a number of overs without a breakthrough the skipper brought on Flame and Rich to change things up. A wicket in the 16th over bowled by Flame picked up the team who were waiting for their first wicket to fall. Smarty soon followed with a couple quick wickets to dismiss batsman number 3 and 4 on 0.
With one of the openers still in and scoring at a serious rate there was still a worry amongst the team. But, after a great short ball which was chopped onto his own stumps Rich got the danger man. Rich did not stop there and soon got rid of number 7 and 8 .
The opposition needing 19 off the last over forced them into mistakes and some great fielding on the boundary by Mikie got rid of their last recognised batsman with a direct hit, run out. That proved to be the game with the Richmond Nomads winning by 18 runs.
MOM: BIG RICH