Preston Nomads eLetter No.2: For Club members, the eLetter has been posted in full on the Club's own web site (link above). For this site, WebLetter2 has been prepared to summarise the main content of the eLetter. The WebLetter is now at the bottom of this Home Page.
Preston Nomads Cricket Club
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.
was a founder member and benefactor for the Club. He was also a former President of Sussex CCC.
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.
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 two pictures on the Home page of the lovely ground situated under the South Downs, close to the Devils Dyke. 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.