Preston Nomads CC On the Look Out for Academy Players !
At the start of the 2015 season, Preston Nomads established their Development Academy, charged with developing the 1st XI and County players of the future. More than bridging the gap between Colts and senior cricket, the Club was determined to encourage all young players to aspire to playing to their full potential and to provide coaching, facilities and motivation to develop Academy members as people and players. Playing success would, initially, be secondary to the greater aims of the Academy. That the Development Academy XI was able to win both the 2nd XI 20/20 Cup Final (in front of a large crowd at the County Ground at Hove) and the following week overhaul an eighteen point deficit against Brighton & Hove to complete the League and Cup double far exceeded all reasonable expectations.
Two indoor training sessions have been booked at the County Ground in December which will double as Trials for anyone aged 14 to 19 who is interested in being considered for the Preston Nomads Development Academy. Do please come along if you are available on one or more of the following dates or contact one of Jason Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), David Symes (email@example.com or 07545 269089) or Graham Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07786 480164).
The dates of the two sessions are:
- Friday, 4th December from 8pm to 10pm
- Tuesday, 8th December from 7pm to 9pm
We look forward to seeing you there. Alternatively, Preston Nomads winter nets run every Tuesday evening from 19th January through to April at the County Ground. The Club looks forward to seeing you there.
We had it pegged that Brighton and Middleton CC would be turning up the heat at the County Ground but in the end Nomads came up with two stunning team performances which proved enough to take both games. A perfect day was underwritten by great weather and also having the full facilities of the Sussex County Ground.
First team take victory
2nd team take victory
Raders turns it on at the County Ground
Early in the piece it was revealed that JRO had picked up an injury so was ruled out of the game. David Symes to deputise as the 2nd team skipper against Brighton and Hove CC. He promptly lost the toss but perhaps Brighton made their first mistake by inserting what is a very promising academy batting attack. Luke and Liam O calmly strolled out and got Nomads off to a steady start. The nerves all seemed to be in the field as about 4 dolly catches were spilt. Youngster Liam made 26 before edging behind. The large crowd were then hugely entertained by one of our secret weapons, Adam Radford. Fantastic guy and always capable of turning a match at any time. He smashed five huge maximums on the way to 76 runs in 41 balls.
James Silk always plays with a huge smile and is starting to make a real name for himself at the SCMG. The boy can bat and bowl surely he can be very proud of his quick 40 runs down the order. We completed with a huge total of 186 for 8.
Adam scores 76
David quickly turned to spin as Nomads made swift inroads. Henry James and Adam had Brighton reeling at 30 for 3. Indeed, if it wasn't for Simon and Charlie Hetherton (60 odd between them) this game would have been very one sided. But when it's your day everything and anything can fall your way. Raders, behind the stumps, took two smart catches and produced a world class run out. The game effectively over when Liam O took a blinding catch out deep off his brother Adam (3 for not many !) right in front of the travelling Nomad fans.
It was a proud moment for David to pick up the Trophy and Adam quite rightly was confirmed as mom. I am sure it was also a very proud moment for JRO as his academy squad go from strength to strength.
Traveling support revel in Nomad wins at the County Ground.
Nomads Edge Nail Biter !
In the second game of the day our 1st team were pitted against Saturdays league opponents Middleton CC. That league game was a one sided affair but this t20 was certainly not. Indeed it was a match that Nomads never had any right of winning !
Archer got Middleton off to a flyer with perhaps the best bowling spell of the day. Our top order couldn't cope with his pace as he took three for 10. Brothers Dan and Arron managed to steady the ship with a pretty decent partnership. However both Dan and then Carl both fell in quick succession leaving us five down and staring into the abyss. Kash and S Faith (who hit a huge 6) made some important runs late doors. Then to the biggest cheer of the day Owen middled his one and only ball to the boundary. We somehow managed to make our way to 160 which to the initiated is a lot of runs to chase at the County Ground. That score owes much to the patience and skill of our rock, Arron Phillips, who made 66 not out. Well done sir !
In reply Middleton made excellent early progress playing Carl and Owen quite well. We dropped a couple of presentable chances (Rob and Kash) which perhaps lulled Middleton into a false sense of security. But as always you can never keep a side like ours quite for long. Oli Gatts produced a stunning run out (only having the one stump to aim at) and then Owen took a sensational running catch (in front of the assembled Nomads fans). He later told me his heart was in his mouth !. Willway seem to be taking the game away scoring a lovely 60 runs. They were closing in only needing 20 off 4 overs. At that point most Nomads fans were probably fearing the worst.
BUT Middleton then seemed to choke under some excellent containing bowling from Carl and Kash. Inexplicably having neatly blocked Carl for five balls Shaun then slogged the last ball straight down Dan's throat (great catch by the way). That moment changed the whole game and the mood around the County Ground. All of a sudden Nomads fans were on their feet. They suddenly needed ten off the last over and perhaps showing their league form couldn't quite get over the line. Kash presenting all his experience, skill and will to win in that those final moments.
It was indeed a thriller !
Bowman said ' a proud day for Preston Nomads Cc which hopefully everyone savoured every moment. Its not an opportunity that comes around every day so many thanks to our sponsors Gray Nicholls and also to Sussex County Cricket Club for looking after us so well and producing a road to play on.
Many congrats to Jeremy and David who skippered very well on the day. In the chuddle (which I was honoured to be invited in) Green emphasised that there would be two or three key moments in the field which we needed to capitalise on. Of course he was right and we made some big plays out there.
My man of the match awards go inline with the official choice Adam and Arron, but I just wanted to pick out two unsung hero's. Young Taron I played a wonderful holding inns of 12 midway through the 1st game showing maturity and grace. This guy is ready for a regular 1st team place next season batting at number 3.
Owen is a wonderful asset to the Nomads always polite, positive and up for a giggle. That catch mate was a blinder !
Owen always great value and a first class cricketer.