The Nomads travelled to Englefield Green CC for a new fixture this year and took to the local pub for a customary pre-game warm up.
After a suitable warm up session we strolled to the pavilion in preparation for the game and were somewhat surprised to see two teams dressed in white taking to the field.
A mix up in the fixture confirmation (not our mistake I hasten to add) meant that we were now a team without an opposition to play.
As we milled around and got ready to either go home or, go back to the pub, Daisy received a phone call.
By a remarkable and decidedly spooky piece of luck a cricket team also had no opposition and we duly put Stoke D’Abernon CC in our satnavs and set off down the M25.
Somewhat later than planned and facing unexpected but very welcome opposition Daisy duly lost the toss and the Nomads took to the field.
Sparky (6 0 18 2) and L’l Rich (7 1 16 2) opened with some tight bowling restricting the opposition from scoring freely.
Wickets fell on a regular basis and continued to fall with spin and guile from the Godfather (7 2 25 2) and Smartie (7 1 19 3) and finished off with the Vicar (6 2 13 0) and Daisy (1 0 2 1) leaving Stoke D'Abernon with 101 all out. Great bowling and two tremendous stumping from Clint the standout moments in the field.
After a very nice tea (the potato salad a firm favourite!) Rabbi and Daisy opened the Nomads innings. With such a low total to chase what could possibly go wrong?
Daisy fell first to some accurate fast bowling from some 14 year olds (is it me or are policemen and cricketers getting younger these days?).
The Vicar also fell early to LBW and Rusty bowled left the Nomads struggling to get in to double figures. Scoop steadied the ship for a while but Rabbi was next to go being bowled by yet another youngster on 15.
With Scoop next to be bowled on 3 it was down to Smarty and Rich to give some respectability to the score line.
Some fine shots from them both pushed the score on before Rich fell for 11. Sparky came in and defended resolutely until bowled for five and Sparkie cracked some big boundaries before he was caught behind on 25. Morse, Clint and the Godfather could not add to the score and the Nomads finished on 69.
In true Nomadic tradition we managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but considering the unusual circumstances in ending up getting this fixture, and despite the result, it was a very enjoyable game of cricket against a team we would happily play again.
With half the Stoke d’Abernon team sent home as it was past their bed time, the Nomads finished the day where we always excel…in the bar.