A cricket ball. Pic: Tc7
Lichfield Nomads fell just short as they lost by 12 runs against Shugborough CC. The hosts were sent in to bat on a damp wicket and an impressive opening spell with the ball saw Heslington dismiss Turnock with a low one. Richardson then steadied the ship and accelerated the pace before Hughes put the brakes on with a series of tight overs. Collins then clean bowled  Barlow and got Longworth LBW, while at the other end, Bourne was bowling well and only his last two overs were costly, although he was rewarded with the wicket of Bilton who was stumped by McCumisky. As Richardson kept plundering runs and giving little by way of chances, the other batsmen continued to perish. Pickering, in a good spell of right arm round the wicket bowling, had Taylor caught and bowled, before Hughes returned for his final two overs and had Richardson finally dismissed LBW for 88 to complete an excellent spell. Chasing 155-7, Nomads were forced into a change in the batting line-up after Stanley sustained a finger injury. Gardner and Jones were left to open the fielding, with the latter losing his wicket with the score on 24. Alarm bells began to ring as a further two wickets quickly followed, before Pickering and Gardner former a partnership to settle the visitors down. Pickering eventually went to a full toss with the scoreboard showing 62, before Heslington helped aff a further 35 before he returned to the dressing room. Gardner’s innings of 56 ended after Richardson bowled him, before successive run outs for Hughes and Collins were followed by Blackburn’s first ball dismissal. The final pairing of Bourne and Stanley put up a brave fight as they attempted to nudge Lichfield towards the total, but an LBW decision against Bourne saw the Nomads fall 13 runs short ofa victory with ten balls remaining.