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Lichfield Nomads picked themselves up to earn a five wicket victory over Sunseekers. On a damp day and with the threat of rain always there, Nomads won the toss and elected field. A cautious start was always on the cards and bowlers Brannigan and Hughes had to work hard for a breakthrough under difficult footing. A straight forward catch by George at extra cover off the bowling of Hughes to dismiss Downes brought the dangerous Taylor to the wicket. His short spell at the crease, in which he plundered 35 runs, was bought to an end after being caught behind by Blackburn off the bowling of Fearon. This was the start of a very good spell of tight bowling by both Fearon and fellow change bowler Westwood. Next to depart was Coxon from a good catch, again at mid wicket, by Brannigan from Westwood’s bowling. As Fearon conceded little at the one end, Westwood continued to make inroads. He bowled Govan with a ball that turned the batsmen 90 degrees and then he encouraged Carpenter to tickle the ball onto his own stumps. The left handed Ashton’s solid innings was ended on 49 when he was caught by Heslington off Westwood’s bowling. It was after this period that it rained and an early tea was taken. On the resumption, the change bowling did its best with the wet ball. Moss clean bowled Coxon R and the rush for runs at the end precipitated the run out of Sibson, leaving the Sunseekers total within reach for the Lichfield side. But the reply didn’t start well as the Nomads’ openers were soon parted when Stanley was caught behind off the bowling of Coxon. With the arrival of Westwood steady progress was made, but with the score on 28, Gardner holed out to Taylor off the bowling of Coxon. Moss joined proceedings and started to play some good shots and the total moved along. After drinks, Westwood and Moss accelerated and after adding 47 in seven overs, the former was eventually run out for a fine 44. Moss continued to punish the bowling but was eventually caught by Ashton off Taylor. Rolfe had to retire hurt with a pulled muscle, but Fearon came in and contributed a positive 20 runs and ensured the Nomads were victorious with four overs to spare.