After a long winter hibernation cricket finally took centre stage in a traditional season curtain-raiser against BBC Caversham – and what a game it was for the Nomads with a great win.
The match had everything: a century on the opening day of the season (surely some sort of record), a first six for a new addition to the club and of course; and a broken guard and balls.
The Nomads assembled on a fine sunny day for a mid-April game of cricket (at least at the start of it) and Daisy as usual lost the toss resulting in the Nomads being invited to bat first for what was a timed game.
Godfather opened the batting (with Daisy) and after only the first few balls fell victim to a young lad old enough to be his grandson.
Vicar joined Daisy and never looked out of touch. Daisy was the next to fall, joined by Smarty in quick succession.
With the loss of three early wickets Vicar was then joined by new addition “Kill Bill”.
Vicar faced some terrifying bowling with bowlers seemingly aiming for his balls and it wasn’t long before they succeeded in breaking his guard. Good thing he is already a father now, so no big loss(!).
Defying the hostile attack, Vicar scored a very fine century and the Nomads ended up posting a total of 214 for 8 in 39 overs.
Contributions were made by Assassin (35) and a late flurry of beautiful shots from Sparkie (hitting the first six of his life) and Clint.
BBC Caversham tried to win the game at the tea by laying out a great spread, but without Tuffers in the team plenty was left to be consumed after the game.
The Nomads took the field and, by this time the weather has turned against them too, turning chilly and windy.
But nothing could stop Sparkie and Assassin who demonstrated some excellent bowling with good line and length.
No game would be complete without various Nomadic dropped catches and this game was no exception with a catch being dropped off Assassin’s bowling, no names mentioned (Smarty).
Sparkie got one wicket in his opening spell and Daisy kept changing his bowlers regularly in an attempt to deny BBC Caversham a chance to settle in.
It seemed to work and wickets fell at regular intervals. Although almost every bowler got wickets, stand out performances were made by Kill Bill who bagged four wickets in the middle order to break BBC Caversham’s backbone.
Sparkie also deserves a mention, taking two more wickets in his death bowling spell.
It was excellent to see everyone putting in effort with Godfather and Tony taking catches too. A fine day on and off the field and one fixture all Nomads will look forward to each season.