Nomads fielded a stronger side than usual for this fixture, thanks largely to it being changed from a Saturday to a Sunday, and reaped the benefit with a thrilling win – the first for many years against this strong and friendly opposition – to start the season off in fine style.
The true but super-slow pitch and thickly grassed outfield made scoring difficult, and the Nomads, batting first, soon realised that the best way to solve the problem was to hit sixes. Daisy and Tuffers smashed three each in a jaunty opening partnership of 49 that provided the basis for an above-par total. One towering six by Tuffers – his first scoring shot of the season – scattered the red kites overhead as it made its way towards Henley.
Daisy went for 31, a sharp chance excellently caught by slip with both hands high above his head, and Tuffers also fell to a good running catch at long-on for 33. Naresh and Rich were out of luck, but Rusty came to the rescue with a well judged, top-scoring innings of 34.
Argy Bhaji, with 19, and Mikey, with 13, continued the six-hitting blitz, while Scoop, whose dour defensive play had caused spectators looking for excitement to watch the tea urn coming to the boil, suddenly started to act strangely. After running the length of the pitch in the same direction as Argy Bhaji, he then ran out Mikey and finally himself.
The Nomads were finally all out for 169. The general opinion over the excellent chocolate cake was that this was worth at least 170.
After tea the Nomads took their places in the lush savannah of the outfield, flanked by herds of roaming wildebeest and watched through binoculars from the boundary by David Attenborough as well as strong away support including Horny and son Nick, Shergar and Gill, and Skip and dog.
Our batsmen had done well, but could our bowlers fix it? Yes, they could, despite generously adding 22 wides to the BBC total.
Mikey found swing and seam movement to take two for 25, while Mahesh produced one perfectly flighted, spinning delivery to bowl an opener and another to have the number six smartly stumped by Clint, who had one of his best days behind the stumps.
Then came Rich, who dismissed numbers three and four LBW and had the other opener caught behind by Clint. He finished with three top wickets for nine runs in five overs. Naresh and Scoop chipped in with a wicket each to leave the BBC last-wicket pair two or three overs to face.
The number nine bat blocked as best he could, but was unable to cope with the wiles of Mahesh, who had him snapped up by Argy Bhaji at silly mid-on with nine balls to go.
Mahesh finished with three for 20 off 11 testing overs, leaving the BBC all out for 115 and the Nomads winners by 54 runs.
Submitted by: Scoop.