Things were looking promising when all 11 turned up for this match at East Grinstead, meaning the match manager could leave his kit in the boot and spend the afternoon in the scorebox. Captaincy duties were delegated to Phil Wise in preparation for his own MM stint coming up for the Over 40s.Alan
A game of 80 overs (max 42/38) was agreed.
Sadly this was the only thing that went well as the Martlets lost the toss and were inserted, things became worse as the score became 1-2 with former first class player Gary Outram bowled for 0. However Joe O’Neill and Freddie Ferro rescued the position with a stand of 115 before Joe was bowled for 50. The remainder of the innings was built around Ferro but aside from a cameo 17 from James Dahl , the batsmen never really got to terms with the left arm spin of Arora (5-39), three victims being stumped. Ferro just missed out on a ton at 97* and the total of 192 looked hard to defend.
Jake Riddell provided an early breakthrough but Kandampully and Elech (ex Northants 2s) took the score to 68 before Riddell struck again to remove Kandampully for 38. Ben Whelpton bowled well, removing Elech for 52 and East for 30. However ex Beckenham 1st XI skipper, Jason Bilimoria (47*) steered the Nomads to victory by 6 wickets with 5 overs to spare.
Many thanks to Jim Lock for umpiring and East Grinstead for their hosting and a surprise tea! Note to MM, just because it didn’t happen in an earlier match there, doesn’t mean it won’t happen!I
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