A cricket ball. Pic: Tc7

Don’t miss out!

Get all the most important news and events to your inbox.

Lichfield Nomads failed to build on their early season form after suffering a five wicket defeat against Stafford Strykers. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, captain Collins Snr might have been regretting his decision when Collins Jnr pushed lazily at the first ball of the day which went on to strike leg stump. Nomads turned to McCumisky to steady the ship on the back of a duck last time out, but he stepped up to form a strong partnership with Gardner. The duo pushed the score to 70, before McCumisky was caught behind. However, a no-ball was called and Lichfield looked to have got away with it, only to see the wicket fall to the very next ball after an lbw decision went against him. Moss, in his first match of the season, looked a little rusty but had just begun to get going when he was again given out lbw for 15, despite having got an inside edge on the ball. A third lbw saw the end of Jones but Bourne struck a couple of fours – one from a thick edge which went through the legs of third man – along with a decent pull. But he didn’t last as long as might have been hoped when he was bowled by Sam foir eight. Pickering and Forster were together as the score reached 132 and developed their partnership to move to a strong 185, before the former looped one to mid-on. Collins Snr had just enough time to get to the wicket and flick one for four before he was bowled round his leg,s leaving Blackburn to crack the final ball for another boundary. The final total of 197 for 8 was Lichfield’s best of the season but was probably short of the total they would have liked. Moss bowled with fire and troubled the batsmen early on as Nomads began their defence, while Forster struggled with his line. However, with just 38 conceded from the first ten overs, the signs were looking good. Jones replaced Forster at the pavilion end, bowling a good first over. The start of his second was less promising as the first two balls went for six and four. But a straighter ball bowled Yasir just one short of a deserved half century. Jones’ next four overs went for only 18, although McCumisky was a little too quick to celebrate a catch behind as the ball slipped from his grasp in the act of him throwing it up. The drinks interval saw the Stafford score reach 94-4 as Collins had trapped Srichand in front in his first over before seeing Madhavan caught at long-off by Forster. Wasim then disappeared after a catch by Jones. Nomads might have hoped to have broken the back of the Strykers batting. Unfortunately this was not to be as in the next six overs a further 76 runs came, mainly from the powerful hitting of Yuvaraj who hit12 fours and a six in his 73 not out. Jones, in particular came in for some heavy punishment in his final over, going for 26, including four wides as he lost his control. By now the end appeared to be in sight and although Greaves removed Karthick to a smart bit of stumping, another couple of heavy blows saw Strykers home with five wickets to spare.