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The 1st XI will not be travelling to Mayfield on 10 June for the next round of the Gray Nicholls 20-20 Cup. The home team have had to forfeit the match because, instead they will be playing Glynde in the East Sussex final of the National Village Cup which has to take priority. We wish them well. We now have a bye to the next round.
The 3rd team are through to the next round of the Wisdom Sports Cup after an exciting win over Portslade 2nd XI at their Benfield Valley Ground. Nomads won the toss and batted making 155-6. Abdul Shafi was not out 80 off 58 balls with 4 fours and six sixes.
In reply Portslade started well but collapsed to 67-7 before Sam Gander,20, and Adam Nash, 34, took them very close to their target but Ian Jones's spin proved too experienced for them and they were all out for 146 leaving them 9 runs short. George Mercer took 4-27 and Ian Jones 3-19.
The third eLetter 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This will be published here before the end of March. It will include reviews of the prospects for the coming season and examine the changes taking place in and around the club and league resulting from the new MCC Laws and the restructuring of league cricket in the county. The eLetter will also be posted on the Club's own web site
This is a time of great change for all of
us involved in cricket.A rewriting of
the Laws of Cricket has operated globally since 1/10/2017 and we all need to be
aware of how the changes affect us.In
parallel with this, all league teams in Sussex are now part of one big
developing structure, completing in 2019.Elsewhere in this edition Nigel reminds everyone of the changes which
most directly affect umpires, scorers and team captains.This edition has not stuck strictly to the
format of contributors, but uses those that are more directly involved.in the
changing environment.Jimmy Mckemey has
stepped down from the Vice-Captaincy and we welcome Dan Phillips as his
The Club has recently launched a new and
up to date version of its own web site, preston-nomads.com.There are direct links between it and the
play-cricket site.The Home Page of the
league site will continue to carry up to date messages of club events and other
matters, as well as being one of the places you can find the eLetters.
Player Changes for 2017
Two players have left the 1st
XI squad to join other clubs.Dom
Shepheard has gone to play for Linden Park in the Kent League and James
Wilkes-Green , from Guernsey has moved to St James’s Montefiore.We wish them both great success for their new
clubs.Henry Gane and Richard Dexter are
moving away and will no longer be playing for Nomads.(See Jason’s article below).
Kash tells me thathe hopes to sign several new players who have
been coming to nets.I alsoknow of two
new 1st XI players;Jeremy
tells me that they are both New Zealanders, one being the Overseas Player and
the other will qualify as a Class 1 (Local) player. ( See Dan’s article for
This event will now go ahead on Saturday
April 7 after the flood damage during the thaw.Please come and help.Also,
please tell Clare or Jan if you are coming so that enough food can be brought
XI PROSPECTS IN 2018
2018 is shaping up to be a very exciting
year for Preston Nomads and the 1st team. It’s fair to say for a few
seasons we have not been fulfilling our potential and the league tables reflect
this. Too many occasions we have been in good positions and not been able to
finish the opposition. With a fresh perspective and a real drive during the
winter to make changes, the start of the season cannot come quicker.
We have recruited very well during the
winter to boost our bowling attack. With the arrivals of Navin Patel and Blair
Tickner whom we welcome to the club we have 2 very experienced quick bowlers.
This will bring an additional buzz into the first team and will make any team
anxious to be playing us.
With great depth throughout the club, all
players should be striving to play the best possible standard. The doors are
open for any players that are excelling to move into the grade above. This
starts with training, preparation, mentality and finishes with performance. In
the 1st team we need to start seeing players that have the drive and
determination to play for the 1st team and succeed. This will only
make the club stronger. This calls for all players to attend trainings and
train to impress.
This year- if our batsmen apply themselves
like we know they can, the bowlers bowl with tactical nous and the fielders
work hard for the team, you can expect us to have a couple of trophies in the
With a few small changes we can get back
to where we belong, winning!
Phillips Vice Captain, 1stXI
Note:Navin is English born and plays for Central
Districts.Blair also plays for Central
Districts and comes from Napier as our overseas player.
REVIEW OF THE SECOND XI PROSPECTS
The Preston Nomads Academy /
2nd XI made great strides in 2017 playing the highest standard in their history
against very good club 1st XI’s. This was very challenging cricket where there
was a mix of Club 1st XI’s and the normal 2nd XI’s that we have played against
for a number of years. Although the going was tough-we finished above half way
as the top 2nd XI in the County and above 1 other 1st XI. This was a tremendous
achievement after two previous seasons where we have won the league.
The movement into the 1st XI was disappointing despite their challenging
season. The movement in between the 1st XI and the 2nd XI needs to be more pronounced
moving forward recognising achievement and potential ahead of experience and
longevity. It is recognised that this problem exists between the 2nd XI and the
3rd XI also and it is difficult to blood a new young player at the competitive
levels that the club enjoys.
The 2018 season will be challenging as we are losing two fine 2nd XI players in
Henry Gains and Richard Dexter. Both have given great service to the club and
it is hoped that when both get older they might settle back in Brighton &
Hove. We wish them both best of luck in the future.
The 2nd XI will have new ideas in 2018 with Owen Kernan taking over the
captaincy. Owen is a great choice who is respected by senior and junior players
and will fit in the role with ease. He has a nice way of dealing with the kids
whilst retaining a competitive edge. Once again, the selection prior to term
finishing will be challenging-but I am sure that the season promises great
enjoyment and success!
I have already been speaking to my
leadership group ahead of the upcoming season. We have worked out who will be
assigned with the ‘important tasks’ and who we will have to ‘hang-out to dry’
if needs be. This nod to the recent controversy though is nothing compared to
the move to the one league system!! It had been a long time coming and although
plenty of teams have made a stand against it where they believe it will ruin
village/smaller club cricket I am a supporter of the new format. Players have
always moved clubs to test themselves at a higher standard and I do not see how
the new format will increase this. If anything it may have the opposite effect
where clubs can push themselves up the pyramid. For our club it will allow us
to push the players no matter which side they play in. ‘The best club in
Sussex’ tag that was accredited last season rings true with our teams’
positions within the pyramid set-up, highest ranked 3rd and 4th
team . It is a credit to all at the club, especially those that work tirelessly
behind the scenes to allow this to be the case and make the club an attractive
proposition for new players.
Special thanks to David Thompson for his
Chairmanship over the last few seasons, probably some of the most testing with
the new set-up, of league and club, and the change to the overseas player
policy, he leaves with the club in a great position. I welcome Jason Robinson
to position and wish him all the best. He had a very successful tenure as 2nd
XI Captain and I look forward to working with him and the committee to make
sure the club is a continued cornerstone of Sussex cricket.
The 3rd team find themselves in
Division 5 Central, consisting of teams from the East and West leagues. This
will throw us in to some unknown and testing territory but with the never say
die attitude that has grown amongst the team and the ability that is available
at the club I am looking forward to the challenge. The change in the league has
seen a change in playing conditions as well with half the games moving to a
limited overs format of 40 a side. It’ll be a true test of captains and players
due to the restrictions on bowlers’ overs and field placings. Availability is
always the hot topic throughout the season and the cause of many late night or
early morning phone calls. Please assist all the Captains with being available
as much as you can and keeping everyone in the loop.
Away from my cricketing/captaincy duties
this season I will be assisting Stephen Rigg with some social events. We are
aiming for one a month with the 19th May being our first one. Make a
note in the diary. More details will be sent out soon.
Once again I thank everyone that does so
much work behind the scenes throughout the season and in the winter too.
Without you we wouldn’t have the facilities that we are graced with; it truly
is a privilege.Best of luck to all the
teams. Once a Nomad, always a Nomad.
Symes, Third XI Captain
SEASON AHEAD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CRICKET AND THE COLTS
We have started 2018 with 12 weeks indoor
winter nets. The colt nets have been planned to run in line with the County
programme with the help of County Coaches.We will carry the county programme to the outdoor nets on Friday
evenings starting at the end of April with more scenario based live nets.
We are looking to recruit some players for
U9s, U14s and U15s, if you know of anyone who would like to join please do let
myself or Zuni know. Our U12s have two teams competing this year. We have the
introduction of the U18 league which replaces the U16 league this year, giving
youngsters more of a chance to play cricket if they missed out due to GCSCs.
The girls’ cricket at Nomads was started
last year; it did go well, however, there is still a long way to go before we
can enter competitions. I am wanting to push this again this year and,
hopefully, by 2019 we can get a team ready.
Our primary focus is to promote the
highest quality, of performance on an individual and team basis in order to
develop cricketers to play for PNCC and Sussex teams.We have many Colts who were successful in
reaching the District and County setup in all age groups for this coming
The adults have also started 2018 with the
indoor nets; this has been successful this year with many players turning up
and taking part.We have recruited a few
new players who have taken part in the indoor nets. However, we are always
looking to recruit new players our 4 Saturday teams and for the Sunday X1.The adults also had the facility to have some
one-to-one coaching sessions for batting and bowling with Jimmy Anyon on a
The boys are
practicing hard with determination to have a successful season ahead of them. I wish all our
captains and players a successful season ahead.
Ibrahim, Director of Cricket and Colts Manager
PERSONAL VIEW OF THE NEW LAW ON PLAYER DISCIPLINE
welcome the new law because I feel player indiscipline is a direct challenge to
the Spirit of Cricket.My colleague John
Moore and I watched the worst piece of dissent either of us had ever seen at
one of the recent Sussex Indoor Cricket Finals when a player twice shouted for
a long and loud time at one of the Sussex League’s umpires.His colleague reported it to the SCB and thye
used the League disciplinary panel to take action.He was banned from playing for his Club for
the first 4 of their coming season’s league matches.I hope that the new law will help to prevent
FROM THE KITCHEN 2018
I am hoping that this season will see a
return to warm Friday evenings and a good weather start for the season for
Cricket teas remain in the same format as
last season with home-made cakes, savouries and food preparation mainly from
scratch, which we hope that the players and visitors will enjoy. We try and
vary the food each weekend but we are always happy to receive ideas for teas-
Food will be available again on Friday
nights for as long as there is demand, and depending, on Sussex County CC T20
Friday night matches. I aim to cater for everyone, but if you have an
allergy/food intolerance and you know you will want food on a Friday, just let
me know and arrangements can be made!
Also, if you are celebrating a birthday or
special occasion on a Friday or at a weekend match and want a special cake or
food provided then do just let me know.
That’s it for now, just thanks again to
all the helpers from last season, especially Cassie, also Sam & Maggie, who
at the moment have promised to help again, plus all the behind the scenes helpers
including Keith Pitt & Phil Brown, and the numerous volunteers who make
this Club run as well as it does.Best
wishes for a successful 2018 to all!!
REMINDER FOR CAPTAINS AND SCORERS
Courses were run in the County to go through the revised
MCC laws, notably law 42, "Player conduct". Team captains must be
familiar with the rule changes which will apply in all forms of League
cricket.Scorers also need to able to
understand what might be happening on the field in the event of an incident.
Scorers please note that the bowler penalty for a no ball
cannot exceed one run plus any runs being scored off the bat.Any leg byes or byes resulting from a no ball
will be recorded as fielding extras.
The scoring from wide deliveries remains unchanged.
First Team Scorer
a largely successful season for the Sunday XI last season, I am hoping to
continue our reputation for playing friendly but competitive cricket for the
upcoming season. Sunday cricket provides a great opportunity for cricketers of
all skills. For the younger cricketers still playing age-group cricket, they
are able to test themselves in adult cricket with prolonged opportunities with
both bat and ball and perhaps even turn the heads of the respective adult team
captains for league cricket! For the cricketers who are settled into playing
league cricket for Nomads, Sunday cricket allows for an opportunity to play
cricket in a more relaxed environment with the additional possibility to get
some runs and wickets which can build confidence leading for league games.
With better availability than last season
and weather permitting, we can hope for several home and away fixtures against
Ikram, Sunday XI Captain.
Ground work in 2018
February was a slower month as always,
but we managed to cut all areas and did some outfield linear aeration in the
hope of slicing up some chafer grubs that are working their way up to the top
of the surface.We need to try to manage
these grubs, otherwise birds and even badgers dig like mad to get an easy meal
at our outfields’ expense.
During February we also re-squared up
our North square using the 30, 40, 50ft method creating a 90 degree angle. We also
maintained the small markers, “carrots” which are used to define the 15 strips
on the north Ground.They ensure that
all strips are accurate in size, shape and direction. We also spent time power
washing screens in readiness for the season.
February was also a good month for more planning, stock control, machinery
ordering, pitch placement, completing winter machinery servicing and re-painting
Temperature and ground condition
allowing, we hope to start pre-season rolling with our Dennis premier (36″) in
a Union Jack pattern, with the last roll in the line of play.Then we will be building up weight once the
soil has dried, then go onto the auto roller. Finally, rolling at maximum
weight is likely to be early April.
Keeping the grass
topped and lowering the height of cut will also go ahead this month. and liquid
feeds if very cold or granular if and when temperatures pick up, the grass will
get stressed with the rolling so a spring controlled released fertiliser will
be needed.We will also, during March,
begin preparing the grass for the season by gradually decreasing the height of
the cut until it reaches around 5 mm.Various fertilisers and feeds will be used in response to the weather
conditions it has to undergo.
Worm control will take place this
month if necessary.The squares will be
brushed to remove any surface winter debris.Where necessary, over-seeding will take place.
(Please note that this article was prepared
before the current severe cold spells.Editor).
STOP PRESS:Brian tells me that as a result of the cold spells, we are 2-3 weeks
behind schedule and that neither rolling nor cutting can start yet.Once they can start both will have to done
more carefully than usual, meaning that rolling must be much lighter than usual
until the ground has a chance to harden up to avoid damage and cutting is
higher to avoid tearing up the surface.The quality of the pitches for the early part of the season will be
dependent on the weather from now to the start of the season.The water table is very high and drying will
depend very much on the sun and wind to take away the excess moisture to allow
the lower layers to dry out into the underlay.The first cuts will leave 12mm of grass, with final match cuts at 5mm on
Brian Sandalls, Preston Nomads’ Senior Groundsman.
Editor:Please note that photographs can
only be added in the email edition as the web sites cannot accommodate them at
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.
D3 East there are 6 second XIs and 4 first XIs.The first XIs are Portslade, Crawley Eagles, Burgess Hill and Seaford.
D5 Central there are Ashdown Forest and PN3 with 4 ESCL and 4 WSICL teams.
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
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
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.
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.
Thompson, Chairman October 2017
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 2PJand 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
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:
XI – Premier Division
XI – Division 3 East (the third tier, ie no Championship division unlike the
XI – Division 5 Central
XI – Division 8 Central
Preston Nomads Cricket Club Development TeamGraham Watson November 2017
NOMADS FIRST X1 2017
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
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
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.
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;
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 onwww.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
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.