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Some new pictures of our grounds have been added to Photo Gallery .  To access them, login to your play-cricket account and go to Community, Photo  Gallery.  Scroll down the page to the Picture Gallery heading and there are two sections to make your choices.  In the left one select ALL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS.  In the category section scroll down to uncategorised to find all new pictures

The fourth webLetter is now at the bottom of this Home Page.






PRESTON NOMADS' OWN WEB SITE IS preston-nomads.co.uk AND THERE ARE LINKS TO IT AND OTHER SITES ABOVE


TEAM GROUNDS 
All 1st and 2nd XI Sussex League matches are played on the North Ground at the Spen Cama Memorial Ground in Clappers Lane Fulking (BN5 9NH)  Mid Sussex League and Sunday XI teams play on the Club's enlarged and levelled original South Ground.  There is a map link here under About Us/ Playing Facilities.

CLUB STATISTICS
Prior to the compulsory use in 2008 of the play-cricket web site for the Sussex Cricket League, all club data for the Saturday teams was on computer files, now held in the Club archives. However, all Nomads matches were posted from 2007. The clubs' stats ceased to be used from 2009.  As a result, the play-cricket statistics of those players whose Nomads careers straddle that date are incorrect.  For the 1st XI only, an Excel file to correct for that has been created and is obtainable from KP.  This is only for anyone who played for the 1st XI before 2007 and still played in 2016.  A similar problem occurs with the Mid-Sussex League which made it compulsory later.  This cannot be corrected for due to several missing matches in seasons 2009-2010 with club produced data  being no longer created.

OTHER CLUB INFORMATION 
For all club information on this site use the Header Bar and follow the required heading.  For all general club information visit the Club site.  There you will also find reports on matches and other data not available here.  See also below under Web Sites.  
 
CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS
The First XI won the Sussex Premier League title for the second consecutive year in 2013 making a total of 6 wins in 8 years.  Preston Nomads were also Premier League Champions for 2012 and the 2nd XI joined them as 2nd XI First Division Champions, this was an unique achievement for the Club. Historically the Club was the First Winner of the Sussex League in 1971 and won twice more in the 1980s. For fuller club information, use the link to our own site.
 
Preston Nomads Cricket Club won their first National Trophy, the ECB Club Indoor Championship, in the ECB Indoor School at Lords in 2009. They have also won the Reg. Phillips Sussex Indoor Cricket Cup on numerous occasions, including 2009, 2014 and 2015.  The Club's two Indoor teams compete in Division 1 of the Portslade Indoor Cricket League which is affiliated to the ECB via the SCB.  The Club also has a team in Division 2.
   
PRESTON NOMADS OWN SITE
The Club site, preston-nomads.co.uk  gives the main information, including a link to a local map.   Officers of the Club are listed there and there are three pictures on the Home page of the lovely ground situated under the South Downs, close to the Devils Dyke.  (See also below).

The beautiful new pavilion in the Spen Cama Memorial Ground was opened in 2006 by Robin Marlar.  Preston Nomads' two grounds were upgraded in conjunction with the building of the new pavilion in 2006.  The South ground was enlarged and partially levelled during the building process.  The North ground outfield underwent a further major servicing in 2014 to improve its quality and help the drainage. 

NOTE FOR COACHES:  We request that coach drivers approach the ground from the northern (Henfield A281) end of Clappers Lane. This is because of a couple of very sharp turns in Fulking and on the southern part of Clappers Lane. The approach from the north is not without difficulty, but it is the easier of the two and we have had issues with coaches getting stuck in the Fulking area.


WEB SITES

Our club website, preston-nomads.com has been completely rebuilt  and contains much more current information than the old version.  It is now where there is access to most of features of the club.  

  

This site is where the fixtures and results are displayed.  There is also a Club Information Section which functions as a bill board to show latest news and other short term information.  It remains the centre of the club membership and league registration information with its links to the ECB.



PRESTON NOMADS eLETTER4 OCTOBER 2018

Editor:  Keith Pitt, (keithepitt@gmail.com)

 

EDITORIAL COMMENT

All the Nomad League teams have had successful seasons with the first, second and third sides all coming third in their competitions.  The table shows the details.  The presence of our two friendly and hard-working New Zealanders gave the Premier League team a much sharper edge than recent seasons.  The 2nd XI challenged for promotion in Division 3E, a league consisting mainly of club 1st XIs and came close to achieving it under Owen Kernan’s captaincy.  The 3rd and 4th XIs played in the central strand, still using Mid Sussex rules.  The 3rd XI did very well to finish in 3rd place and the 4th XI ended in a comfortable midtable fifth.  However, we do not know yet how the final integration of this strand into the main league will affect their positions in it.  We know there will be changes, mainly driven by geography, but there may be some due to balancing the playing levels of the 3 strands, in level 5 downwards, possibly affecting our third and fourth teams despite their league placings this year.

 

CHAIRMAN’S END OF SEASON REPORT

2018 was a very successful season for Preston Nomads both on and off the pitch. One of the hottest summers for many years led to many challenges for many clubs…..but not Nomads whose fields were green and lush!  The memories of season 2017 were distant and on more than one occasion I heard youngsters complaining of playing too much cricket!  To keep up with the volume of the cricket played, progressing in many cups and competitions to later stages, required a monumental effort from many involved at Nomads. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the cohorts of members, parents, suppliers and members of staff for their dedicated efforts! Much of the work goes unnoticed and there are too many to name!

 

After 2 years at the helm, David Thompson stood down as Chairman leaving much in place following the successful move of the club to ‘Charitable’ status. The clerical burdens on achieving this status have been immense and I would like to start by thanking our President Chris Bidwell and David Thompson for their considerable efforts. The Club had to jump through many hurdles and placed additional responsibilities on many Committee members who have spent many hours completing forms and setting up the new administrative framework. With the change have come new objectives and aims that will take some time to seep through. Our previous objectives were to win in all competitions that we competed in whilst developing talent for the future. Now our objectives have been slightly re-aligned. Commensurate with our Charitable status and our reduced tax burden comes a new primary objective, ‘Increasing the participation and development in recreational cricket for all’. If we can achieve this whilst consistently competing at the highest level on the pitch, then that will be ideal!

 

Before the season even started we were tested to the limit! The icy weather turning to mild weather resulted in the pavilion being flooded causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. This tested Andy Smith, the Head of Cricket Operations and Vice-Chairman, to the limit. We had a month to get everything ready and to honour an existing booking for a member’s daughter to be married!  Both Andy Smith & Martin Glover worked tirelessly to restore the pavilion with many challenges along the way. We are indebted to Stuart Faith, another Martin and many others for their skills as tradesmen and fitting us in!

 

On the pitch we signed up two overseas coaches for the 2018 season. Blair Ticker & Nav Patel were both from Central Districts in New Zealand but the latter was born in the UK.  Once again placing an administrative burden on the lap of David Thompson who diligently negotiated the Home Office challenges seeing them on the pitch during the first game. Both had excellent seasons both in terms of coaching and on the pitch. Blair bowled very quickly and ruffled many batsmen including Luke Wells on one occasion and Nav swept up the wickets. He bowled thoughtfully, quickly and very straight. A fatal combination in league cricket! They fitted in very well, living in Central Hove looked after by our ‘cultural attaché’, Dan Phillips & Sarah. We hope to see Nav back and wish Blair all of the best in his future career which shows much promise.

 

One of the highlights of the season was Blair, Nav & some of our younger players running school holiday cricket camps where we received excellent feedback. This is something that we will be developing over future years. These will fit in superbly with our core objectives as a charity.

 

On the pitch the captains will comment more in detail. But briefly the 1st team enjoyed a successful season, whilst not challenging for honours, capable of beating anyone. Owen led the second team through an excellent season. He has a great ability to motivate all players and communicate with all ages. He had over 30 players represent his team once again but they got better all year. This culminated with a lovely ‘Nomads Day’ at the County Ground in September winning the Gray Nicholls T20 Challenge Trophy. David Symes led the 3rds to a season that looked in jeopardy half way through, but then showed its class. David managed to get married whilst the season was in full flow; when he should have been on honey-moon, he was playing cricket.  Justin once again led from the front with an ever-changing XI. All of our adult sides challenged and even our Sunday XI had more players available. Keeping Sunday cricket going is an annual challenge and does need re-thinking. However, we must do it because these magnificent facilities need to be used. People will play if the standard is right as demonstrated by the strong sides that we fielded in the T20 competitions, mainly played on Sundays.

 

There will be more comment later on in the Newsletter, but once again the Junior Section flourished under the stewardship of Kash Ibrahim & Zuni doing the administration supported by many coaches and parents. Winning leagues, festivals and developing players for our future was achieved several times over. There is no bigger pleasure than turning up on a sunny Friday night and watching over 120 kids enjoying cricket with their parents enjoying   a sociable drink wall in beautiful surroundings!

 

I would like to finish by thanking Andy Smith who leads the ‘off pitch’ Cricket Operations and Graham Watson who leads all cricket, for their time, dedication and thoughtfulness over the weeks and months. I would also like to thank the new ‘Trustees’ who safeguard the club’s future and put many hours into the club. I would also like to thank Brian and his ground staff who have put many extra hours in this year dealing with the drought! (I haven’t seen the water bill as yet?). Brain Wakeford our Treasurer also deserves a special mention, he works many hours looking after our finances which has been especially challenging as we have moved to a Charity. Thank You to Jan, Cassie, Maggie and many others who makes our teas the best in the County and to the scorers, umpires and everyone else whom I have forgotten to mention! Finally, to Keith Pitt who has once again managed to get this newsletter together! Have a good break and we will come back stronger in 2019!

Jason Robinson Chairman of Preston Nomads Cricket Club, October 2018

 

A REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CRICKET COMMITTEE

Under the Club’s new management structure, the Cricket Committee is charged with all things related to playing cricket – proposing captains to the Trustees, selecting sides, coaching, training, developing short, medium and long term plans and, most importantly, ensuring the smoothest transition for our talented colts to the senior sides. The Cricket Committee comprises the Colts Development Manager, a Players’ Representative, the Sussex League Representative and the Chair - currently Kashif Ibrahim, Stuart Faith, Phil Standen and Graham Watson respectively.

 

As our captains will point out, the 2018 season was generally one of two halves, with a relatively disappointing start followed by consecutive weeks of 100% success for the four sides, including 16 consecutive wins through the second half of July and first half of August! This resulted in us meeting our targets of 3rd places for both the 1st XI and 2nd XI and consolidating our positions in the new Sussex league pyramid for the 3rd XI (also 3rd) and 4th XI (6th). Obviously, we aspire to achieve higher still and the 2nd XI were close to achieving our next target of promotion to the second tier of the pyramid. Owen and his side should take great pride from being the most successful 2nd XI side in the Sussex League for the fourth consecutive year AND in winning the 20/20 Cup Final at Hove.

 

After seven seasons leading the 1st XI, during which time the side has won the Premier title twice, finished as runners-up once and come third twice, Jeremy Green has decided to stand down as captain. On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank Jez for his huge contribution to the Club over such a long period and I am delighted that he will continue his playing career and expect him to out Alastair Cook Alastair Cook!

 

A special word of thanks to all of the captains and vice captains – Jez and Dan, Owen and Ed, David and James, Justin and Peter – who have worked tirelessly in ensuring that we have fielded four competitive sides throughout the season, and to Kash and Danny Ponting who provided invaluable support. A big thanks also to Taron for skippering the Sunday side, including his resilience in putting sides together.

 

The Colts had another fantastic year, with considerable success, the highlights, of course, being the first Under 16 Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Final wins since 1986 (congratulations to manager Danny Carey-Ponting, captain George Mercer and team) AND the Under 11 SJCF win (congratulations to manager Rob and team) on the same day. From the Cricket Committee and the entire Club, a massive thank-you to all of the colt’s managers, coaches and parents who put in hard work, ability, passion and organisational skills to provide the Club with the best possible future outlook.

 

Hope to see you at the Dinner in November, the AGM in late January and the winter nets, starting mid-January. If you cannot wait until then, David Symes would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like to play in the Indoor League at Portslade. Winter well!

Graham Watson Chairman of the Cricket Committee, October 2018

 

 

TEAM DATA AND AVERAGES FOR OUR LEAGUE TEAMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Division

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Abandoned

Cancelled

Points

Position

Managed By

 

1st XI

Premier

18

10

2

4

1

1

381

3 (10)

SCL

 

2nd XI

Div 3E

18

11

4

2

1

0

406

3 (10)

SCL

 

3rd XI

Div 5C

16

8

0

7

0

1

295

3 (9)

MSCL

 

4th XI

Div 8C

18

9

0

8

0

1

304

5 (10)

MSCL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st XI

Batting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Matches

Innings

Not Out

Runs

Highest

Average

50s

100s

Caught

Stumped

 

1

Daniel Phillips

15

15

1

466

94

33.3

3

0

6

 

 

2

Kashif Ibrahim

15

11

3

352

71*

44

2

0

6

 

 

3

Nathan Poole

16

16

2

346

52

24.7

1

0

4

 

 

4

Tim Moses

16

16

2

256

89

256

1

0

9

 

 

5

Stuart Faith

11

11

2

237

63

237

1

0

6

 

 

2nd XI

Batting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Matches

Innings

Not Out

Runs

Highest

Average

50's

100s

Caught

Stumped

 

1

Oliver Gatting

14

14

4

500

116*

50

1

1

14

2

 

2

Ed Salkield

14

12

3

340

95

37.8

2

0

5

 

 

3

Abdul Shafi

17

14

2

316

60*

26.3

2

0

15

 

 

4

Luke Schildkamp

11

11

1

271

73

27.1

2

0

4

 

 

5

Mason Robinson

7

6

1

202

83

40.4

2

0

3

2

 

3rd XI

Batting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Matches

Innings

Not Out

Runs

Highest

Average

50's

100s

Caught

Stumped

 

1

Muadh Khan

10

9

1

309

89

38.6

2

0

1

 

 

2

Ammad Khan

9

8

1

296

92

42.3

2

0

1

 

 

3

Jules Hunt

9

8

1

285

99

40.7

2

0

1

 

 

4

Danial Ibrahim

5

5

1

186

71

46.5

2

0

1

 

 

5

James Downey

13

11

1

181

34

18.1

0

0

1

 

 

4th XI

Batting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Matches

Innings

Not Out

Runs

Highest

Average

50's

100s

Caught

Stumped

 

1

Justin Schildkamp

15

15

0

415

104

27.7

1

1

7

 

 

2

Stephen Oliver

16

16

3

288

103*

22.1

0

1

2

2

 

3

Matthew Jefferies

10

10

3

257

68*

26.7

1

0

2

 

 

4

Paul Jefferies

11

11

0

217

56

19.7

1

0

0

0

 

5

Brian Pote-Hunt

8

8

1

124

53

17.7

1

0

1

 

 

1st XI

Bowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

5wkts

Ec. Rate

Average

1

Navin Patel

173.4

34

598

34

1

3.44

17.6

2

Kashif Ibrahim

109

15

341

28

1

3.13

12.2

3

Tim Moses

93

13

391

19

0

4.2

20.6

4

Will Collard

75.4

14

236

18

1

3.12

13.1

5

Blair Tickner

131.2

15

472

16

0

3.59

29.5

2nd XI

Bowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

5wkts

Ec. Rate

Average

1

Stephen Rigg

171

44

556

39

3

3.25

14.3

2

Owen Kernan

128.4

23

476

26

1

3.70

18.3

3

Adam O'Brien

72.3

10

263

24

2

3.63

10.0

4

Toby Glover

85.3

5

415

23

1

4.85

18.7

5

Fred Garth

61

8

231

10

0

3.79

23.1

3rd XI

Bowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

5wkts

Ec. Rate

Average

1

Rafiullah Gul

85.3

8

408

21

1

4.77

19.4

2

David Symes

125.4

16

527

20

0

4.19

26.4

3

Ian Jones

62.3

13

175

14

0

2.8

12.5

4

Shahzaib Khan

19.5

4

61

11

1

3.08

5.55

5

Jules Hunt

48

10

226

8

0

4.71

28.25

4th XI

Bowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

5wkts

Ec. Rate

Average

1

Justin Schildkamp

85.1

12

377

20

0

4.43

18.9

2

Srithar Sivalingam

54

4

233

14

0

4.31

16.6

3

Yosef Salameh

31

6

111

11

2

3.58

10.1

4

Peter Forsythe

83.5

10

317

10

1

3.78

31.7

5

Carter Carey-Poynting

34

4

141

7

0

4.15

20.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIELDING

ALL

TEAMS

LEAGUE ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Catches

 

 

Wkt Keeper

Catches

Stumpings

Total

Name

Number

 

Name

Number

Number

Wickets

Abdul Shafi

16

 

James McKemey

24

5

29

Tim Moses

10

 

Ollie Gatting

14

2

16

Justin Schildkamp

7

 

Jason Robinson

5

1

6

Danny Carey-Poynting

6

 

Mason Robinson

3

2

5

Kashif Ibrahim

6

 

Faisal Khan

2

1

3

Stuart Faith

6

 

Steven Oliver

2

1

3

Daniel Phillips

6

 

Gus Simon

2

1

3

Rafiullah Gul

5

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Green

5

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

LEADERS

 

 

Edward Salkield

5

 

James McKemey

24

5

29

William Wright

5

 

Matt Davies, Roffey

22

7

29

Taron Ikram

5

 

Adam Mates, B&H

18

8

26

Jason Robinson

4

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Poole

4

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Rigg

4

 

 

 

 

 

Navin Patel

4

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Jones

4

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Schildkamp

4

 

 

 

 

 

Adam O'Brien

3

 

 

 

 

 

Baalaaj Khan

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TEAM REVIEWS 2018 FROM THE CAPTAINS

 

Jeremy (L.G.O.W./ Jez) Green’s Final 1st XI Season Report

Third position in the Premier league reflected a successful season with a number of new faces in the 1st XI. The Kiwi connection of Blair Tickner and Naveen Patel proved a very potent addition to the bowling attack with some genuine pace and crafty swing respectively. We look forward to having Naveen back next year. The opening pair were excellently backed by Tim Moses, who had his best season yet for Nomads, and Stuart Faith, steady as ever, in the seam department. This was further strengthened with the spin options of the wrist spin of Will Collard, Adam O’Brien’s slow left arm and of course Kashif’s wizardry. We knew we would always be able to bowl sides out with that attack. However, it was indeed, bowling second against both Cuckfield (match drawn 9 down) and the champions Roffey (match drawn 9 down) that hurt us the most. Had we finished off both these sides at Home then we would have been challenging hotly against Roffey for the title. We need to recognise those ‘must win’ opportunities quicker with the slightly younger team we will be fielding going forwards.

The batting unit was steady without really firing solidly until late July and August. Kashif again showed great depth of experience and the value of not giving away his wicket. This is something that all of the top order should take note, the batters all made valuable contributions on various occasions in order to win games but we didn’t quite reach the consistency of all firing as a cohesive unit this year.

 

We would certainly benefit from a regular pre-season tour in order to gain some edge over the competition in order to get 3 or 4 middle practices under our belt before the season begins in earnest. This would allow the batting unit to be firing by June as opposed to later in the season. We lost by 13 runs in a very tight early season run chase of 123 against East Grinstead, a game we should have won easily and I am sure would have done had it been played later in the season when the batters had more game time under their belts. This would also enable us to be more prepared for the National KO games which are always very early in the season.

The batting performance of the season was a cracking ton from 80 balls by young Harrison Ward on a fiery pitch at Hastings in August. Naveen Patel easily scooped the bowling performance with a brilliant 9fer display of swing against the old enemy Brighton and Hove at Fulking.

After 7 years at the helm of the 1st XI, it is with great pride that I am handing over the reins to the next captain. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to lead the side to two league titles and a T20 Cup victory. My target was to win more campaigns than Kash (3 leagues) but my travel and professional commitments mean that my time is up and his record shall stand!

About 60% of the team has changed over my tenure and the challenge for the next captain is to continue to cultivate and develop our younger players into league winners. We certainly have no shortage of young talent but that counts for nothing without both the correct application of talent and always taking personal responsibility to win games of cricket when the opportunity presents itself.

Jeremy Green, Retiring 1st XI Captain, October 2018.

 

2nd XI Report 2018

The goal for the 2nd XI set by the club hierarchy during the winter was a simple one; develop players, whilst maintaining a competitive edge. What we went on to accomplish was a 3rd place league finish, having lost the least amount of games of any side in the league and a T-20 cup win.

 

On reflection, a 3rd place league finish was slightly disappointing. Every game played was there for the taking and we went on to beat the top 2 sides by a distance in the 2nd half of the season.

The 4 draws during the timed period was the key factor that cost us promotion and were frustrating. The opposition, 3 weeks on the bounce, had been 8 or 9 down and then scrambled to a competitive score or held out batting second.

 

However, what was pleasing, was that by the end of the season, the average age of the side was in the early 20s and 8 of the 11 that played in the T-20 final had played 1st team cricket at points during the season.

Young players such as Toby Glover, Mason Robinson, AOB and Fred Garth were starting to fulfil their undoubted ability and older players such as Gatts, Ed and Riggy showed their experience and class in helping lead the side.

 

We had also seen the emergence of young talent such as Dan Ibrahim, Muadh Khan, Ammad Khan and Christy Heath who had worked through from the club’s pathway of colts, 4th and 3rd XI to play regular parts in the 2nd XI. No doubt with a good winter behind them, they will be looking to cement their 2nd XI places with a view to being 1st XI candidates in the not too distant future.

 

Lastly, a few thanks. Martin Glover and Zuni Ibrahim for stepping in to score, the team of Jan, Cassie and Sam for maintaining the reputation of Nomads teas, Brian and his team for producing great cricket wickets and to Maggie for providing the all-important beers and putting up with my rubbish banter.

Owen Kernan, 2nd XI Captain 2018

 

3rd XI Review 2018

To only miss out on promotion by 39 (35!!)* points is testament to every single player who took to the field this season for the third eleven.

 

With the restructure and change of format we found ourselves up against some new sides mostly 1st XI’s with the exception of one 2nd team. We struggled for the early part of the season with the change in format and although we were never really outplayed we only won two games in the first ten games.

 

We then won the remaining eight games dropping only 9 points in the process. This was some recovery after being stuck in the bottom two for the most of the season!! This coincided of course with the introduction of more players but at no point throughout the season did anyone give up. There was always a renewed vigour with every game and it’s so pleasing seeing players come into the side, be it from the 2s or from the 4s, who buy into the team ethos. Jim (V.C.) did a great job in the second half of the season holding the fort for most of the games, for one reason or another!!

 

As a club we always struggle at times in the season due to availability and it’s the most frustrating thing as a captain. Especially when you know you can put in performances against teams with some very good players. But on the flip side of this it also gives our colts the opportunity to play Adult cricket. Oscar Sheffield, Seb Eaton and Luca Brookes all made their 3rd XI debuts and performed extremely well in testing conditions (I’m sure we will see those names popping up a lot more in the future). Baalaaj Khan (u14) was given the task to open most weeks when in the side and looked very assured, especially when driving in the V. His cousin Mani Khan played some tremendous innings this season, he gives the impression that he’s very laidback and will just do what he wants to do but he listens and learnt throughout the season. His brother, Muadh, had his first proper season with the 3s and topped the scoring charts with 309 runs at 38.63. He would have easily scored more but was rightfully rewarded with 2nd XI appearances throughout the season. We also had the pleasure of Rafi Gul joining us from Palmers. A left arm seamer, who, when he gets it right, could get any batsman out, just get him smiling and it’s all good! Dan Ibrahim came into the 3s after his school games finished but wasn’t with us for long as he was promoted to the 2s. Dan is a great lad and so dedicated to improve. It’s great to see him scoring 80 for the 2s this season as he couldn’t get it off the square for the 3s last season!!

 

Even with all this talent though, we wouldn’t be able to do it without the elder statesmen who provide the experience and knowledge and, yes, I’m including all of you over the age of 19 now! It was great to welcome Jules Hunt back to the club ‘and although he only did manage half a season!!’ he scored 285 runs. We were also fortunate to have two signings from Chippingdale, Faisal Khan and Nisar Ul-Mustafa, Gus Simon joined from Steyning and we welcomed back Shazaib Khan at the end of the season. Shazaib will be here for all of next season.

 

As a final note, 2018 was a special season for me away from cricket as I got married to Terri. Purely because she likes coming to Nomads. Not for the cricket but for the beautiful view and the cider! I think with all the cricket that we play we sometimes forget how lucky we are and what opportunities are available to us, none of which would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the committee. It’s a tiresome job that is all done out of love!! Please remember that next time you step out on our hallowed turf! My thanks are infinite to the whole club but the special ones are to Jan and Cassie, there is never a bad summer around with Nomads’ Teas, to Maggie and her family for keeping the bar open until I finally decide to go home and to Brian, our very own, very unique Groundsman!!!

 

Wishing everyone all the best until I see them again, Symesy.

*We were deducted 4 points due to being found guilty of indiscipline!!

David Symes, 3rd XI Captain 2018

 

4th XI Review

2018 was the first year of the new pyramid structure and I believe that the positioning of the 4th XI was about the right standard. We won 9, lost 7, lost one to the weather and unfortunately scratched one game due to the Football World Cup.

 

Again, the team was a blend of experience and youth and generally we held our own and finished in a respectable 5th place. Being Captain of the 4th team has always been a difficult job in regards to selection, but this was the most challenging ever in regards to putting out a team every week. As a club we struggled for numbers in comparison to previous seasons and a big thanks must go to Danny Carey-Poynting who helped me out most weeks with getting colts to play for the 4th XI.  The link between colts and men’s cricket is very important for the future of our club and this is an area that we need to develop further in 2019. To summarise it was a season of consolidation on the pitch and for next year we need to improve the availability of players.

Justin Schildkamp, 4th XI Captain October 2018

 

2018 SEASON’S REVIEW FROM THE COLTS’ MANAGER

Introduction

We had a few challenges at the beginning of season but, as always, we overcame these to have a great season.  We welcomed four new managers for our colts, who all did a great job making in making sure each player had a game.  It was also great to see colts helping out different age groups and adults’ teams so that a game could be played. This year we saw some Dads make their debuts for our fourth team.  Friday nights continue to be very popular with our colts and parents.


Summary of Individual Team’s Progress in 2018

Girls’ Cricket: We had a really good turn out this season and girls really enjoyed practising at Nomads.

 

U9: This was a newly formed team with a new manager, Miles Worne. They had a good season and everyone learned a lot.

U10: They had a mixed bag of results, but otherwise, a really good season for the U10s which saw all individuals improve their game and the team really worked well to support each other. The 15 yard pitch gave advantage to the bowlers throughout the season and quickened up the batsman’s reflexes.  This age group was managed by one of our new Managers, Tom Hutchinson.


U11: Ultimately it was a successful season for the U11's with victory in the S.A.Y.C.L. festival the undoubted highlight, although winning the U12 division 2 title was a really good achievement given that our team was playing up a year.  They also took second place in the U11 league.



U12:  Julian Musto took over the team this season. High on my list of priorities was to address some concerns within the squad and the parents about the amount of “action” that some players had been getting in matches previously. Julian did a great job as they second in the league to a strong Ditchling side who hadn’t been in our league in previous seasons. Other than losing twice to them, we only lost one other game which was at the same ground and to the same team as we had done the year before.

 

U13:  New manager Lee Tucker, thought the season generally went well and he really enjoyed managing the boys. They were well behaved and should be proud of the third place finish in the league especially considering we rarely had all our best players available.

 

U14:  Came 4th in their league 

 

U15:  Came 3rd in their league 

 

U16:   Came 2nd in their league and won the Festival.  Danial Ibrahim scored three consecutive hundreds in the U16 festival.

 

Sussex Festival Highlights

Both the U11 and U16 teams win their Festival.

 

Colts’ Highlights

 Mason Robinson has now played for the Nomads 1st team as well as playing for Sussex 2nd XI and also doing an excellent job behind the stumps.  (Editor’s Note:  Both Mason and Liam O’Brian, now an U19, played for the 1st XI at Middleton and they caught everyone’s eye with some brilliant boundary fielding which, with a spectacular boundary catch from Mason broke the partnership which was threatening to give the home team a shock win.)

 

Danial Ibrahim made his way up to the Nomads second team this season and also played a few games for Sussex Academy. He scored 99 not out in his first Academy game against Oxfordshire before the heavens opened.

Kashif Ibrahim, Preston Nomads’ Colts’ Manager. October 2018

 

THE SUNDAY XI IN 2018

It was an extremely disappointing season for the Sunday X1. Only four games were played and, of those cancelled, we cried off twice. Successful cup runs and lack of interest by both our players and opponents all adds up to a decline in Sunday friendly cricket. Many clubs have already decided there is no demand so no longer put out a Sunday side. Personally, I would be unhappy if Preston Nomads went down this road, but we must be realistic and decide what our playing membership want.  We did play two other Sunday matches under the title of the Chairman’s XI of which there was one win with the other match abandoned.

 

Played

Won

Lost

Canc

4

3

1

6

 

 

 

 

Batting

 

 

 

Name

Innings

Runs

H.S.

Ammad Khan

1

118

118

Danial Ibrahim

1

116

116*

Taron Ikram

1

106

106*

Sakib Ikram

1

85

85

Mason Robinson

2

66

51*

Danny Carey-Poynting

1

50

50

 

 

 

 

Bowling

 

 

 

Name

Overs

Runs

Wkts

Peter Forrest

10.3

95

5

David Symes

7

46

4

Rafiullah Gul

8

32

3

 

Tony Doctors, Match and Fixture Secretary, October 2018.

 

A View of the 2018 Season from the Editor

The authors of the various review sections pick out their highlights of the season under their management.  I am in a rather different position as statistician and one of the web masters and registration secretaries.  Most of the names are familiar to me and I get to know who is most likely to play in any team and I get to see 3 of the four teams on a regular basis.  As a former scorer in the simpler and slower era, I like to look each week at the scorecards and results of all four sides.  It enables me to pick up any problems before the deadlines and alert the appropriate people to do something.  Then, on Sunday, I usually find Admin Home has several messages to be dealt with.  Some I can deal with myself because I already know the answer.  A lot are from Colts’ cricket and are uncritical but annoying. (Today I have around 53 of these concerning names in Colts’ matches which I shall endeavour to clear out with the league.  Both Kash and Zuny are fully aware of the problem and trying to improve accuracy of names at this level).

 

On the other hand, I am in a good position to pick a few highlights from my 2018 season, which I may have seen or picked them up as the results came in. The only additional first XI happening was the fielding of Liam and Mason at Middleton, which I have added as a note in Owen’s report because Jez ‘borrowed’ them quite often for his side.  Liam had some spectacular success before his appearances for the seconds were limited by ECB England commitments and cementing a place in the first by the end of the season.  At Eastbourne Seconds in May, Liam and Taron put on 328 for the first wicket in 32 overs with Liam making179 and Taron, 99, while the final 45 over total was 424-2 which must be a league record.  I am sure it is the highest competitive opening partnership and the Nomad’ highest ever score.  Danial Ibrahim, U13, opened for the 2nd XI v Brighton and Hove and made 80.  Liam, on his return to the Club after his tour matches, made 116* v Burgess Hill for the seconds, while Riggy and Owen destroyed Burgess Hill with 3 for 6 in 3 overs and 4 for 9 in 4 respectively (total 61).

 

The 3rd XI has had a remarkable season as described in David’s Review.  It took some remarkable figures to get there.  Many of those appeared in the top stats.  One of those I did see was a remarkable piece of, mainly spin, bowling from Michael Bell. His 9 overs cost 16 runs and brought 5 wickets, 3 of them lbw.  From the edge he looked unplayable with his consistent accuracy.  In the final match the spin bowler of the day was Jules Hunt with 4-16 in 8 overs.  He also has the dubious distinction of batting with me for Brighton Old Grammarians a very long time ago, (he was only 10 at the time) and is the only who did so who is still playing.

 

The 4th XI seem to be at the right level in their division.  I had the pleasure of seeing parts of Justin’s 104 v Elbridge and Sunnyside and it was one of the best highlights of my season.  The match finished with Peter Forsythe taking his first five-fer for the Nomads.  Away at Coleman’s Hatch, they welcomed back Yosef Salameh who then helped win the match with his spin, taking 5-47.  At home to Ardingly they won by 8 wickets with a spectacular partnership of probably over 200 to get home at 246-2.  Wicket keeper Faisal Khan 91* and Stephen Oliver, 103*.  At Scaynes Hill, they batted first and then bowled out the hosts with Justin and Srivar taking 4 wickets in 7 overs each for 20 and 22 runs respectively. At home to Bolney, Yosef again caused havoc taking 5-13 in 7 overs.  At Smallfield Manor the havoc was this time caused by a fleeting visit to the UK from Oz by Richard Dexter with 4-25 in 8.4 overs.  Overall, from what I saw and read, the fourth’s season was very much a well led team performance.

 

For me the outstanding event of the season was Navin’s 9-53 from 14.4 overs at home to East Grinstead.  His pace and accuracy, aided by good fielding made him very difficult to play.

Keith

 

NEWS FROM BRIAN

A few days after the first XI’s last match, the outfield looked rather battered after 3 days of scarification, to remove thatch (dead grass) build up from the growing season and 3 weeks after the seed was sown following the first cut, one of many to follow over the coming weeks, its appearance was transformed back to a healthy green.  We will also need to over seed it as there are a few barer areas and then continue to water it until the plants are mature enough and the weather also (hopefully) gets wetter.  I have seen it both better and worse at this time year,

but I am very confident that by April 2019 the square will be fully grassed and ready for another busy season.   

 

This is a summary of how the ground was brought to this state for over-wintering. During the growing season some of the grass dies off forming a layer which starts to impede drainage.  At the end of the playing season this ‘thatch’ needs to be broken up to relieve compaction making room for the next layer of seed to be delivered and grow up.  This done in the scarifying process which is simply an industrial scale spiking of the ground using equipment mounted on a tractor.    In less successful local areas some topdressing and a fertiliser application (to help the stress recovery of the plant) will be used in the next couple of days to complete the outfield renovations.

Work on the outfield will carry on whenever and wherever it is needed through to the new season. It is just possible to identify areas near to the North sight screens that look different.  They have poorer drainage than most of the rest of the field and Gordon has the major task of working 4 tonnes of coarse sand into the surfaces of those areas. A winter programme of spiking will also help decompact this area and make it freer draining.  The square itself has also to be prepared and very careful levelling work is carried out to spread new loam to refresh the ground and ensure an even playing area and a smooth transition to the outfield at the edges.  Gordon will return to Hove in November and, later, to Blackstone for next season. He will be replaced by Dan.

Brian Sandalls, Preston Nomads Senior Groundsman. 

Pictures by Brian and Keith with additional text from Keith.  3rd October 2018

 

 

 

 

VIEW FROM THE KITCHEN 2018

Well that went quickly!!  Cricket teas remained in the same format as last season and it is hoped that the players and visitors enjoyed what they had. Due to the very warm weather I steered away from traditional sandwiches which would have curled in the heat and tried to vary the food each weekend. Not sure everything hit the mark but hopefully it wasn’t too bad.

Thanks again to Cassie for continuing to help despite now working all week in London! Thanks too to Sam for helping on Friday nights, Maggie for helping out when possible bringing back plates when the players forget to, to Marie & Keith English, to Brian the groundsman who stepped in and helped with the scones when the matches all decided to end early, and to Humaira for providing cover and serving up her amazing curry and samosas for tea which everyone loved.

 

It has been a fairly successful year for all the teams, adult and the colts, and also for the Club and I hope next season proves to be just as good, if not better!

 

Remember, if you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion at any time and want a special cake or food provided then do just let me know- you know where I am. I could also post Brownies to Tim Moses!

 

That’s it for now, just thanks again to all the helpers from this season, plus all the behind the scenes helpers and the numerous volunteers who make this Club run as well as it does. Jan, October 2018

 

SPECIAL KITCHEN EXTRA NEWS FROM DAN AND JEZ

After the last first XI match, Dan and Jez presented flowers to the ladies who have worked so hard to provide marvellous food and a welcoming bar throughout the season Jan, Cassie, Maggie, with extra help when needed, from her daughter, Sam, (Samantha).  Earlier there was a presentation from the other teams which Maggie missed because it was before she arrived to look after the bar and safely lock the building.  I would like to thank the ladies on behalf of all the visiting teams from both grounds and their umpires who find themselves so well looked after, both in the kitchen and in the excellent food they provide.  Keith

 

 

 

 

 

































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WebLetter No. 2, November 2017. First Co-ordinator:  Keith Pitt

This second WebLetter comes at a time of great change in the structure and management of all league cricket in Sussex starting in 2018. As a result much of this edition is devoted to the changes and their effect on our teams.   There is a contribution of importance to scorers and umpires because of the many changes to the MCC Laws of Cricket which came into operation on 01 October 2017. 


NOMAD OPPOSITION FOR 2018

PN1     Premier; PN2  D3 East; PN3  D5 Central; PN4 D8 Central.

Notes

In D3 East there are 6 second XIs and 4 first XIs.  The first XIs are Portslade, Crawley Eagles, Burgess Hill and Seaford.

In D5 Central there are Ashdown Forest and PN3 with 4 ESCL and 4 WSICL teams.

In D8 Central there are 4 WSICL teams and 6 MSCL teams.


Post of eLetter Co-ordinator:  The Club is looking for a new volunteer coordinator as the present coordinator is retiring.  Please contact Clare if you can help.


CHAIRMAN’S END OF SEASON REPORT

Off the pitch the Club had to deal with the Home Office and ECB regulations on overseas professionals and Tier 5 visas. Despite frequent communication with both organisations, the outcome was that Carl Simon, after many years of service to the Club, would not be permitted to play in the UK as an overseas player. The outcome was that our club had to apply to be registered as a Tier 5 sponsor for overseas players, a process which has created a whole new industry, additional cost and time taken up complying with Home Office legislation.  At least the Club is now set up for future years in this area (until the next Home Office ruling).


We had prepared a dinner in Carl’s honour at the County Ground before we found out about the visa ban.  The Home office fiasco happened at the very time we had prepared for Carl Simon’s last season with a dinner in his honour at the County Ground just before the season started. We were delighted that Carl came over as a tourist for a week Carl’s speech was very moving, heartfelt and surprisingly long! It was a pleasure for all present to have the opportunity to thank Carl for everything he did for the Club both on and off the pitch during his years with Club. We all hope Carl takes full advantage of his ECB Level 2 coaching qualification back in Antigua. 

I would like to recognise the achievements of David Symes and Justin Schildkamp in captaining the 3rd XI and 4th XI respectively in the Mid Sussex league, where the 3rd XI and 4th XI were runners up in their respective League which was especially important this year. Major changes are coming in Sussex League cricket from 2018 with a single pyramid structure in which the final league position will determine into which division of the Central Section the teams would be placed for 2018.  Congratulations to Brian and his team on the delivery of a North and South Ground that are the envy of all other clubs. Brian has been awarded groundsman of the year for 2017 from the Sussex Cricket League. 

Off the pitch, the Club has, for some time, had to consider what organisational structure would be the best for us in the future. There are complex issues the Committee have had to grapple with, but we are clear that to remain as we are is not an option. We are working, with much support, on converting the Club to a Charity. There are many steps to go through to achieve this and we will have a limited time in which to achieve this. Our AGM will take place as usual at the end of January but immediately below this article is a message from the Club Secretary giving notice of the necessary Emergency General Meeting for this purpose. 

In reference to the AGM, I can confirm that I will not be standing as Chairman of Preston Nomads CC in 2018, due to pressure of work. I remain passionate about our Club and proud that it is the only Club for whom I have played cricket.

David Thompson, Chairman October 2017


EMERGENCY GENERAL MEETING

Please all note that we are holding an EGM on Tuesday 5th December at 7:30pm.  The meeting will be at The Hove Club, 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove, BN3 2PJ and the bar will be open.  The meeting is regarding Changing the Constitution of Preston Nomads Cricket Club into a Charity.  Please put the date in your diaries.

Clare O’Brien, Club Secretary


OUR SPONSORS 2017

Sincere thanks are once again offered to all our sponsors, IEP Financial, Wilson Sandford, Hayward & Green, LeumiABL, Deepdene School, Sussex Print Management, and the 100+ club who continue to support our Colts cricket. We were also pleased to welcome Cheetahs Gym as a sponsor for 2017.  As a Club, we need to ensure our sponsors are promoted effectively throughout the Club and we support their business just as they support our Club.

David Thompson, Chairman, October 2017


NEWS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

After the huge disappointment that Home Office rules prevented Carl from playing a final season for Preston Nomads, the Development Team Working Group worked tirelessly to turn this setback into a benefit event worthy of his fabulous service to the Club over twelve years.


A huge thanks to Riggy who led the team energetically to make the evening of 21st April at the County Ground such a memorable event. In his reply to the presentation, Carl gave us a speech that was not only entertaining, but articulate and hugely passionate – right from the very heart of a true and special Nomad.


The make-up of the 1st XI is exercising the Development Team in the close season. The final points total didn’t do the side justice, but we all know we strive for competing for the top positions and this year we fell short.  I know that Jason was disappointed that the Academy players didn’t challenge for promotion from Division 3, but 5th place and being comfortably the leading 2nd XI side in the entire league (by 46 points), for the third year running, is a creditable achievement.  Congratulations to the 3rds and the 4ths on being runners-up of Divisions 1 and 2 respectively of the Mid Sussex League. 2017 was another successful season for the Club in fielding young players in the senior sides and those players making major contributions.


The Colts had another bumper year, with considerable success which Kash reports on below but, from the Development Team and the entire Club, a massive thank-you to all of the colts managers, coaches and parents who put in hard work, ability, passion and organisational skills to provide the Club with the best possible future outlook.

 

Finally on 2017, a huge thanks to Taron and brother Sakib on running the Sunday side, sometimes a thankless task (raising the side), but also very rewarding and fun, as I was reminded in a rare Sunday outing this season. In 2018 we will do more to encourage all of the senior players to play at least one game through the season.


Cricket, like – well, most things is in a time of considerable change and, for us, it is a New Pyramid Structure incorporating the Sussex League, the West Sussex Invitation League, the East Sussex League and the Mid Sussex League. We believe that this is good for cricket, good for Sussex cricket and good for Preston Nomads as we seek to raise our standard at all levels.


Below Premier and Division 2, sides will be placed geographically (East and West for Divisions 3 and 4; East, Central and West for Divisions 5 through 11 and it gets more complicated for Divisions 12 through 14, though this won’t impact us). The Preston Nomads sides have been placed as follows:

·         1st XI – Premier Division

·         2nd XI – Division 3 East (the third tier, ie no Championship division unlike the Football League)

·         3rd XI – Division 5 Central

·         4th XI – Division 8 Central

Preston Nomads Cricket Club Development Team        Graham Watson November 2017


NOMADS FIRST X1 2017

Carl's benefit dinner, was a huge success and well supported by Nomads and other clubs within the Sussex League. On behalf of Carl and the Club I would like to thank everybody for their generous support.  Craig Alexander, our new South African Overseas player, settled in very well. We also welcomed into the ranks two new signings, in the shape of Nathan Poole, who had an excellent first season with Nomads including a fine century against Middleton, and young leg spinner, Will Collard in some early games during the school holidays. He proved a very capable and mature bowler, delivering an impressive display of controlled leg-spin bowling against East Grinstead in the National Knockout and a 5 for against Bexhill.


Our season was hampered largely by three weather affected games. A frustrating toss loss v Brighton and Hove meant we batted first on a very wet wicket and then the limited overs match v Cuckfield was abandoned when we were dominating them in the first 50 over section. In order to compete more effectively in the new dual format of 50/50 Overs and Time cricket, we need to ensure we win the close games and be more ruthless in our approach to the match and training. One day cricket reduces margins for error and with the points on offer they can create some big gaps to close when the time cricket arrives in the middle part of the season.  It seems the new format has encouraged some sides to be afraid to lose in the middle time cricket matches due to the uncertainty of the 50 over format results. This is something we need to adapt to and combat next year.


We reached the final of the Sussex League T20 Cup again this year which resulted in us being beaten by a stronger Roffey side on the day who were better suited to the shortest format of the game.

Jeremy Green 1st XI Captain 2017


NOMADS SECOND XI 2017

2017 was the highest level that the 2nd XI had ever played at in the Sussex League. Division 3 was exceptionally competitive with Haywards Heath, Pagham, Chichester and Crawley Eagles all providing stern opposition. We stood up well but ultimately let ourselves down in limited overs games. Where more time was available, our spin attack came to the fore, but when we needed 5 bowlers, we were left wanting.


The most disappointing aspect was the lack of junior players due to other commitments and the overall lack of availability due to competing priorities. Using over 30 players during the season always means that you can’t gain momentum.

Jason Robinson, Second Team Captain, 2017


NOMADS THIRD ELEVEN 2017  

What a season! Not only did we finish 2nd in the league, we won the T20 finals day at a canter. We had several new additions to the club and each and every one of them played their part; Not only was their ability apparent, but their mentality fitted in with the philosophy that we have at the club that once you’re a Nomad you’re always a Nomad.  As satisfying as it was to finish 2nd, there was still frustration with what could have been after we lost some early matches and had some taken away from us by the weather. Beating the league winners twice is testament to the quality of the team I was able to call upon week after week.  Next year we will need much of the same due to the change of the league structure which will pit us against some strong 1st teams from the East and West Sussex Leagues. Preston Nomads 3 is the highest placed 3rd XI in the structure and it will be a tough ask, but if this season is anything to go by we will hold our own. 

David Symes, Third Eleven Captain October 2017


FOURTH ELEVEN SEASON REVIEW 2017

 2017 proved another great year for the 4th XI in finishing 2nd in the Mid Sussex second division and obtaining back to back promotions. We went into the season hoping to consolidate our position in the higher league but we soon discovered that the standard was not as good as expected and this led to a string of good results. The team still had a core of senior players which was ably supported by several colts who significantly lowered the age of the team and brought youthful exuberance to the group. The club was generally stronger in numbers throughout the season and this certainly helped the 4ths to have another successful season and we look forward to playing at a higher standard again in 2018 in the new Sussex League Structure.

 Justin Schildkamp, 4th XI Captain


SUNDAY CRICKET 2017

It was again a difficult season to raise a team but matches were played and hopefully enjoyed by ourselves and our opponents. Eleven fixtures were arranged, but two of these were conceded by the same club and two were abandoned.  Of the others, six were won with just one defeat. All matches were played as overs games so there were no draws. Thanks must go to Taron for raising the teams and captaining the side and to his brother, Sakib who was vice-captain.  Hopefully they will both be available next season.  Finally we need more of our players, including colts, to play on Sundays when free. 

Tony Doctors, Match and Fixture Secretary


A REPORT FROM THE COLTS’ MANAGER

This year we held all the colts training on Friday Nights. This meant Colts from U6 – U15 all training on one night.  This was successful with both the parents  and the club. Food and bar were very popular on this night.  I have outlined below how well each age group did in the Sussex Colts Leagues.  As a club we have had another successful year.


It was very pleasing that most of our U-15 and U-16 players played adult cricket this year.  Also this year, we re-instated the girl’s cricket at the club, with Tara Norris as the coach.  We are hoping to start again with the winter nets on Tuesday  16th January 2018 for 12 weeks from 6-9pm at the County Ground, Hove.


Colts Teams In 2017

Although two of our teams played very few matches due to bad weather, it was very successful.  Three teams won their leagues and one came joint second.  The U15s won their  league and were unbeaten. They have consistently won every league  since they were U10s. Congratulations.

Kash Ibrahim,  Director of Cricket & Colts Manager


IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SCORERS AND UMPIRES

Subject : Law Changes.  A new code of the MCC Laws of cricket took effect from October 1st 2017.  Two Laws have been removed, namely Handled Ball (Law 33) and Lost Ball (Law 20) The former now falls in to the category of Obstructing the field and Lost Ball is replaced by the calling of Dead Ball.  Under the new Law 42 (Player conduct) a player may be suspended for a number of overs or for the remainder of the match. There are two new signals to indicate the type of suspension and five penalty runs will be awarded to the relevant side.  No Ball:  Where Byes or Leg byes result from a No Ball  only the one run penalty will be debited against the bowler, the balance to be recorded in the Bye / Leg Bye in the fielding extras column.  Scoring a Wide is unaffected.


Umpires and Scorers:  Courses to update umpires and scorers on the law changes are being arranged for the near future; 

umpires contact David Donner (donneroptometrists@gmail.co.uk).

scorers contact Nigel Smith, (npr.smith@virgin.net) or 07956 347749).


It is vital that club captains and vice-captains along with club umpires, scorers, and coaches are fully conversant with the new laws in time for the 2018 season. There is a digital version of the new laws to be found on  www.lords.org.  This is very clear and can be down loaded.  The changes have been made in many aspects of the game. 

Nigel Smith, Preston Nomads First Team Scorer November 2017


OBITUARIES

The Club is very sorry to have to announce the deaths of Joy Cranfield and Ian Nunn and wishes to express their sympathy to their families.  Joy was a Vice-President who was often seen at Club functions.  She had been unwell for some time.  Ian, who died earlier in the summer was the Club’s last link to the Nunn Family who were involved in the Club from 1936 when his grandfather was one of the people who helped Spen to start the building of what is now the Spen Cama Memorial Ground in Fulking.