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Lichfield Nomads were unable to press home an early advantage as bobbies from Sutton Police D2 side nicked a victory. Nomads batted first in pleasant sunshine and a steady start saw Gardner and Westwood put on 31 before the former fell lbw to one that kept low. Westwood was next out, bowled by a full length delivery, before Fearon and Jones added 34 against some classy spin bowling from Savery. However, their parntership ended when Fearon leathered one straight to mid-off who took a good catch. Jones was bowled almost immediately and Nomads were 71 for four but still had plenty of batting to come. Bourne and Rolfe played some entertaining strokes to score nine and 11 respectively, with the former smashing a six on the way. But it was Brannigan who fired the innings to respectability. He was soon in the groove and striking the ball well, hitting six fours and three sixes before holing out on 49. Last wicket pair Hoddy and Pete Gardner saw the Nomads through to the 40th over before Hoddy succumbed to Bebb to leave Nomads on 172. This was reduced to 171 all out when a query over a no ball was cleared up by umpire Hughes. Lichfield got the perfect start as they went in search of the win. Brannigan and Hoddy took three wickets without a run being scored with a classy opening spell. Hoddy bowled his eight overs straight through and took 2-17. Westwood replaced Brannigan (2-26) and Heslington replaced Hoddy. The wicket was drying out and the Sutton Police D2 side probably had the best of the conditions for batting. A superb run out by Brannigan saw Snyman dismissed and a strong partnership broken, but the police were soon able to built another excellent double act. As D2 closed in on the target Fearon had one caught by Blackburn at mid-off but it was too little too late. Blackburn bowled what proved to be the final over and D2 brought up victory with six overs to spare.