Around 90 Nomads players, officials and guests congregated in the hallowed County Ground pavilion (8th November) for a glittering evening of good food, wine, repartee and awards. It turned into a very congenial evening indeed !
After reception drinks, seats were taken and it was club president Chris Bidwell who got the evening underway with a short remembrance of fallen cricketing comrades. Reverend Mascarenhas then led a very moving grace before we sat down to a prawn starter, chicken main, treacle tart and exquisite cheeses to finish.
Club captain Jeremy and President Chris
During coffee acting MOC Bell junior addressed the hushed room and invited guest speaker Micheal Jayston to the floor. A wonderful and compelling delivery ensued complete with cricketing anecdotes and memories. At one point he said ' I once saw Carl Simon score a hundred runs for the Nomads and wonder why he bats at number nine ' amidst laughter towards the first team management. In response our own Stephen Rigg gave a captivating speech concentrating on the positive sides of the club focusing on the volunteers who make every thing happen. He made special reference to the colts vibe expressing thanks to Andy G and Claire for all their diligence through out the season. He concluded ' to all the people behind the scenes we thank you very much !'. Guest Tony Dougall then had us all in fits of laughter with a volley of amusing and sometimes near the knuckle stories, a brilliant way to end the speeches.
Tony Chris and Michael
Mr Rigg, A wonderful response concentrating on the back room volunteers !
Andy Garth then took the stage for the all important award giving ceremony. The silverware was given as follows :-
First teamer of the year Patrick Spencer First team performance of the year Joe Gatting
Second teamer of the year Sakib Ikram Second team performance of the year Taron Ikram
Third teamer of the year Luke Appleton Third team performance of the year Michael English
Forth teamer of the year Justin Schildkamp Forth team performance of the year Protap Dasgupta
The Spen Sunday Cup JRO Jason Robinson
The Brunswick Cup for the most influential Colt Adam O'Brien
Coaches award Angus Watson
Coveted Club Man of the Year Graham Watson
New Press Officers Player of the Year award Sakib Ikram
Our President had the final word of the official part of the evening. He said ' many congratulations to all our award winners this evening and also well-done to our first team for retaining the County League, it was a first class effort especially after a poor start. I would like to say a massive thank you to our speakers Micheal, Stephen and Tony who kept us richly entertained and thanks to the County Cricket Club for hosting tonight's event. The bar will be open to midnight, enjoy !'
Chris and our first teamer of the year Wicket taking run scoring Patrick Spencer
Bowman said ' many thanks for the invite to my first Nomads Annual Dinner a real delight to be involved. It was a real honour and a privilege to allow me to pick a Press Officers player of the year which having seen all of you play was pretty tough. Justin, Patrick, Carl, Jro, Das, Straks, Angus and Riggy were all on fire during the season but one young man stood out as a model of consistency. Sakib (15) moved from colts to men's cricket with ease and established himself as a key top order batsman in our 2nd team. When he wasn't blunting attacks with a concentrated defence there was a volley of offensive shots including his delicious signature late cut.
If Sakib continues to develop over the winter and into next season he certainly has the chance of a huge future here at Nomads and perhaps into the County stage'
Cheeky lad Adam with the president picking up his award
Massive potential here at the SCMG Sakib
More reaction and photos in new news section.
by Colin Bowman Press officer.
We are extremely honoured to be hosting the ECB Women’s County T20 Finals Day on on Saturday 7th September at the SCMG.
The teams vying for the title will be Sussex, Notts, Kent & Berkshire.
The first match on each pitch will start at 11am and the second will start at 3pm.
Spectators are welcome for what promises to be an exciting day of high quality cricket. There is no fee for entry to the ground, food and refreshments will be on offer.
Nomads will, of course, be totally impartial throughout the day, entirely hiding our ardent support for Sussex.