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Match report: Sutton on the Hill CC v Lichfield Nomads CC

Lichfield Nomads produced an all-round display to beat Sutton on the Hill by nine wickets.

The city side were forced to bowl first on a good pitch under a cloudless sky. There may have been merit in that decision by Sutton when the first delivery of the afternoon went through everybody for four byes, but by the end of the first over, Brannigan had Booth (next ball) and R Trevatt back in the pavilion, both clean bowled.

Brannigan halted any early intentions by the batsmen to score at a pace with a super five over spurt of accurate quick bowling.

Hoddy came on first change and within three overs he too had achieved a double wicket over, bowling Hall for 29 and Wenn LBW for two.

By now the scoring rate was no more than three runs per over. Westwood, bowling a better length in this match, was replaced by Hughes and when the dangerous Martindale failed to trouble the scorers with a lofted on drive, caught by Heslington, off the fourth delivery he received, the fielding side were on top.

Hoddy, by now bowling with great accuracy had BJ Land LBW and completed his magnificent five wicket haul by clean bowling BD Land.

Hughes, again bowling a good length, followed this and took the last two wickets having D Trevatt caught by Brannigan and finally clean bowling Ashford.

The opposition played with only 10 men in this game but the Nomads could again pride themselves on the fact that they had bowled accurately and fielded well when the opposition chooses to bat first.

With the memories of batting in the game against Shugborough CC the previous week still in the mind, the Nomads naturally played with more than the usual caution and left handed openers Gardner and Stanley faced up well to the pace of Booth and D Trevatt.

Even when these bowlers chose to deliver at a slower pace, the Nomads batsmen were not fooled into any recklessness. Gardner played consistently throughout for his 30 not out and Stanley, playing well both sides of the pitch, was unfortunately the one to succumb, an LBW decision to D Trevatt.

By then the score was on 45 and the Nomads were out of sight. Martindale came on to inject a bit of pace in the bowling but Gardner and Heslington saw the team home to win by 9 wickets and secure a first ever victory over Sutton on the Hill CC.

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