Having scored 86 in each of their last two matches, Lichfield Nomads finally found their scoring touch against Longdon.
With Heslington absent, Nomads opened with Gardner and Stanley at the crease, the latter finding the bowling of Cook and Taylor difficult to manoeuvre. After surviving a couple of close calls, he shuffled in front of his stumps to become the first casualty of the day without troubling the scoreboard.
Weir (14) looked as though he would settle in the middle but soon departed after becoming the first of several batsmen to play on.
Brannigan (18) looked good, needing to do little more than to push firmly to get a couple of decent boundaries on the small Longdon ground, while Gardner was compiling a decent total – including some well-struck boundaries – despite being dropped a couple of times. He was eventually removed for a superb 77.
Meanwhile, George (27) struck the shot of the innings as he and Westwood (18no) raised the tempo for the final few overs to help Nomads reach an impressive 177-6.
Following tea, Lichfield were keen to get into the field, but were wary of an often dangerous Longdon batting line up and knew they had to get off to a good start.
Brannigan bowled with considerable pace and troubled all the batsmen who faced him, while Hoddy kept the scoring down at the other end
Yates quickly went for just two, as Brannigan upped the pace even more and in his last over he also removed Davies (14) and Maritza (29) in consecutive balls.
This brought Gibbins to the wicket for the hat-trick ball and with the field closing in, he shattered any hopes with a huge six over long-on.
Despite this, Brannigan’s spell had given Nomads a strong start and with Hoddy picking up Gibbins (10) in his last over, despite being hit for another fierce boundary, the Longdon reply began to look a little jittery.
A drop from Westwood off Hoddy seemed not to be significant as Nomads were on top.
George and Forster replaced the openers and kept up the pressure on the later batsmen.
Forster spilled a well struck return from Parker, as George’s mixture of pace and movement, along with a hat-trick of wides and no-balls gave the batsmen something to think about.
However, George was soon in the wickets, bowling Parker and having Lee well caught by Collins who had been a revelation in the field.
Stanley also, on the square leg boundary, was kept well occupied, letting only the odd one past and somehow managing to get some part of his body in the way of most that came his way.
Forster managed to hold onto a sizzling return from Taylor immediately after George had just failed to hold onto a difficult low catch, before George himself swept aside Cook and Millar.
The job was completed when Coombs failed to get any forward motion on the ball as it dribbled back onto his stumps to end an innings that had mustered just 92 runs.
Lichfield continue their season this weekend as they travel to Woore.
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