Richmond Nomads’ much anticipated game against their old rivals Fulham Taverners got off to a shaky start as we were booked to play on NPL’s first pitch but when Daisy arrived at the ground there was already a game going on.
Merton had been banned from using the first pitch as they kept hitting balls into the houses and climbing the wall to retrieve their balls, something that drew many complaints from local residents.
After being asked nicely by Chris Churchman to play on the second pitch we reluctantly strolled across where we met our opposition. Daisy won the toss after agreeing to play a 35 over game on a very green wicket and elected to field first.
The Taverners got off to a flying start scoring 23 runs from the first four overs (mostly in boundaries and extras) before the Judge removed the off stump of their number two batsman.
Fulham Taverners continued to score briskly until their opening batsman was caught in the slips by the Rabbi off Naresh’s bowling.
We bowled them out in the 34th over for 181; a fine display of Nomadic bowling and good fielding restricted the Taverners.
The Judge returned figures of five overs, one wicket for 35 runs. Sparkie bowled seven overs for one wicket for 22 runs while the Godfather bowled six overs without reward for 42 runs.
Creep (Rahul Tewari) bowled four overs for one wicket and 12 runs before he had to leave the field for a work emergency.
Finishing off the bowling was Assassin who bowled five overs for two wickets and 26 runs. Naresh bowled six overs for three wickets, conceding 29 runs and last but not least, Genie bowled 0.5 overs for two wickets without conceding a run; if only the skipper had brought him on earlier!
Following a mediocre and very expensive tea the Nomads set about overhauling the Taverners’ total.
The score was 44 before we lost our first wicket, the Rabbi having his leg stump bail dislodged for five runs.
Smartie went on to a brisk 44 before he was caught while Naresh plodded on while watching wickets fall at the other end: Meet was bowled for a single run; Genie bowled without troubling the scorers; Assassin was run out on three runs; and the Judge was out for a quacker.
Substitute batsman Daisy occupied the crease and, supporting Naresh, Daisy scoring mainly singles while Naresh continued to find the boundaries with relative ease.
Following drinks the wickets began to fall again: Daisy caught behind for 16; and Sparkie took us ever nearer to their total scoring a quick 21 including a lovely six before he too was bowled.
Ever reliable Clint was not out on nine but the last wicket fell with the Godfather being bowled by a super quick delivery. The Nomads scored 176 runs only falling five runs short of the Taverners’ total.
Man of the match is undoubtedly Naresh who not only removed their ‘first team’ opening batsman and went on the take three wickets, but also plundered 66 runs. Well done Naresh!