On a glorious wall to wall sunshine day (strangely enough predicted by Daisy) the Nomads arrived for one of the favourite fixtures of the year at the lovely village green of Tilford.
Daisy manufactured a losing toss as usual enabling Tilford to choose to bat.
Tilford were soon to lose wickets as the Nomads pace attack of Mahesh and Rich got to work. Mahesh bowled particularly well returning figures of 11 4 26 2. Roy picked up some important wickets with 6 0 26 2 and Smarty with an excellent spell of spin bowling recording 14 4 37 4. Scoop, Flame and Rich also bowling well to complete the innings.
Tilford’s opener, Wilson, played a long and steady innings eventually out for a very good 88. Another notable Tilford innings was a late order left handed batsman who threw the Nomads in to much confusion by deciding to become a right handed batsman during his unconventional but thankfully brief, innings.Tilford declared on 190-9 after a mammoth 53 overs and a weary Nomads team drudged off, then quickly picked up the pace knowing an excellent tea was in store.
Spectators and photographers arrived steadily during the afternoon to visit the local on the green in various forms of vintage/classic/generally expensive transport blissfully unaware that the Nomads where in the mood to dent a few bonnets after they staggered out from tea full of those posh kind of sandwiches without crusts and fresh cream and strawberry scones.
Daisy and Tuffers opened the batting and Daisy started swiftly with some hard hitting boundaries giving a few vintage/classic/generally expensive car owners pause for thought as to the wisdom of parking near the green.
Daisy, however, soon holed out on a slowish pitch and was out for 17. Rabbi came in to bat next and was deceived by a straight one and played on for a duck. Naresh came in next and lasted a little longer but drove one straight to mid off and was caught without adding to the score. Roy was up next a little sooner than he expected and Tuffers was soon running out of advice to give the incoming batsmen. Roy got off the mark with a spectacular six but was out soon after.
Things were not looking good for the Nomads and a hat-trick of defeats looked on the cards. However, Rich came in next and decided to play a ‘sensible’ innings.Combining his usual hard hitting approach with a solid defence he produced an epic performance, along with fine contributions from Tuffers(17),Smarty (7) and a very good 22 from Flame, to bring the scores close. With just a few runs to win his luck ran out and he finished on a fantastic 107.
In came Scoop with only 4 runs to win and true to the Nomads tradition of looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, decided to place his pads in front of his wicket rather than the more conventional way of using his bat. For some unexplicable reason, the umpire, in the shape of Tuffers, decided that was just cause to raise his finger.
The pressure mounted as Clint came to the crease but with a nonchalant leg glance he produced the 4 required to win the match. Hoorah!
Fantastic win! Fantastic venue! Fantastic weather! Fantastic tea!
MOM – Rich with a fantastic match winning maiden century.