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Thursday September 20th v Herefordshire Over 50s

MATCH 56   NOMADS CC v Herefordshire Over 50s September 20th 11.00 at Eastnor Cricket Club Eastnor Castle Herefordshire 


Result:  Herefordshire Over 50s  won by 6 wickets 
    Nomads CC
Umpires: Richard Davis,David Lycett 
Scorer:  Mrs Janet Herbert
Debut(s):Ian Oliver,David DeSouza.

NOMADS CC Innings                  R    B    M  4s  6s 
J Lascelles c Rock b Gore         16   45   50  3   0  
P Bell      bowled Runciman        4    8   10  0   0 
J Lane +    bowled Gore           37   91  112  5   0 
A Smith     c Osborne b Runciman   0    3    3  0   0 
T Brockton*  not out             106  120  120 16   0 
A Weeks     c & b       Hartley    6    8   11  1   0 
CR Mann     bowled      Hartley    0    5    7  0   0 
I Oliver    run out(Ashfold)      10   26   30  1   0 
D De Souza  not out                0    0    2  0   0 
Extras      (b7,lb7,w3,nb0)       17 
TOTAL    (7 wickets dec,51 overs)196 
Dnb:ME Blumberg,M Couch. 


Bowling-Lindley 13 4 44 0(1w),Runciman 9 2 17 2,Gore 13 1 54 2(2w),Rebera 4 0 23 0,Hartley 9 2 28 2, Sandford 3 0 16 0.

HEREFORDSHIRE Over 50s Innings    R   B   M  4s 6s
A Ashfold lbw         b Couch     22  41  34  4  0
S Onions  c Weeks     b A Smith   22  59  77  2  0
N Osborne c Lascelles b Brockton   6  13      0  0
P Rebera  not out                 75   84  90 10  0  
J Hartley bowled       De Souza   45   36  39  5  1   
T Rock    not out                 15   21  21  3  0  
Extras    (b7,lb8,w2,nb4)         21
TOTAL     (4 wickets,40.1 overs) 200
Dnb:K Smith *+,R Runciman,J Lindley,J Sandford A Gore.       


Bowling-Couch 9 2 45 1(3nb),De Souza 10 0 26 1(1w),A Smith 13.1 1 66 1(1w,1nb),Brockton 2 0 8 1,Weeks 6 0 40 0.


Jeremy thrusts forward in characteristic mode but Doc Bell falls early after a promising four

Some Nomads relax after the long drive

Nomads no match for veterans

After an early, and incredibly long drive Nomads arrived at the stunning ground at Eastnor Castle to take on the county over 50 side of Herefordshire. Captained by regular Nomad Kevin “The Vale” Smith (who has had nearly as many clubs as Jack Nicklaus) this was to be an entertaining and well fought contest.

Michael Blumberg was late for the photocall, so the local press assembled to hear a few pearls of wisdom from Smith, and photos were taken for the Herefordshire Gazette. Tom Brockton was cajoled into batting first and upon winning the toss elected to open up with blaster Doc Bell and blocker Jeremy Lascelles. Unfortunately both players were suffering from hangovers due to a very late night at the former Mrs Lascelles' residence and therefore didn’t last long falling to the impressive opening bowling attack of Richard Runciman and Andrew Gore. Matters were not improved by Andrew Smith deciding to get on with it via an ill-judged pull after just 3 balls faced and after 16 overs Nomads were tottering precariously at 35-3.  Jamie Lane and Brockton repaired some of the damage, but it was relatively slow going until lunch, Nomads scoring at a sedate rate and keeping their wickets in tact, 69-3 at lunch.

Lunch, well what can I say! Probably the best cricket lunch I've ever had, and President Blumberg clearly agreed filing up his plate on no less than 3 occasions before delivering a well timed speech in familiar dulcet tones.  After the lunch break, Lane and Brockton looked to accelerate and added a century partnership before Lane was bowled by the returning Gore for a gritty and much needed 37.

Brockton had now passed 50 and was finding the boundary with increasing ease, taking a particular liking to the bowling of Rebera and Ealing CC supremo Lindley who was back on for a 2nd spell. 

However, experienced ex-Warwickshire pro John Hartley was brought into the attack and he knocked over the dangerous Andy Weeks and Russ Man (for a duck) to  put further pressure on the Nomads XI.  Brockton found much needed support from Ian Oliver and they added a partnership of 40 in decent time, with Brockton striking Hartley back over his head get to a well crafted century off 120 balls. The declaration came soon after and Herefordshire would need to chase 197 for victory.

Couch and DeSouza took the new ball for Nomads and although Ashfold was LBW to Couch he was below his usual best. DeSouza kept things tight but Nomads were not assisted by Brockton dropping onions twice in the slips in quick succession off the bowling of the luckless Andrew Smith.  Jeremy Lascelles got Nomads back in the game with a stunning catch at 2 nd slip off Brockton’s first delivery and Andy Weeks clung onto a swirling effort at mid wicket to dismiss Onions. The game was in the balance but Peter Rebera and John Harley forged an assertive partnership of 75 in just 12 overs to put the Herefordshire outfit in the ascendancy, but once again Nomads fought back with DeSouza clean bowling Hartley for 45.

Smith was bowling an immaculate line and length and Nomads still had a sniff of victory, but Rebera rode his luck outrageously and took Herefordshire to the brink of victory before Tony Rock supplied the coup de grass by smiting Smith over cow corner to win the game with 2 overs to spare much to Smithy's displeasure!

This had been a great day out and Nomads are very grateful to Eastnor Cricket club for staging the match. Nomads had never seen so many Pheasants in the field next door, all at once, yet showed admirable self discipline in resisting the urge to 'poach' despite ample quantities of wine and beer being consumed in the  post match evening festivities.