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Lichfield Nomads rediscovered the winning feeling with a 42 run victory over Queens Head in their annual fixture. Openers Heslington and Stanley started with caution against the bowling of Robinson and Ings as the pitch offered irregular bounce to the varied pace on offer. Stanley was first man out courtesy of a good catch by P Blackburn off Robinson’s bowling. Robinson’s fun with the ball continued as Nomads lost Moss and Brannigan as he chalked up a spell of 3-43. Hughes joined Heslington at the crease and a partnership of 67 in 11 overs with plenty of boundaries upped the tempo. Blackburn then claimed the wicket of Hughes to a catch by Ball, but the arrival of George saw the momentum maintained. As the score increased, Heslington finally succumbed with a personal tally of 81 to an LBW after trying to play across a straight ball that did not bounce. With George batting positively for his 27 not out, Westwood joined the fray and his cameo ensured that the Nomads could declare at tea with a defendable total of 193-6. The opening bowlers started Well with Moss collecting the wicket of Ings, while Hoddy conceded just one run from his five overs. Greaves then replaced captain Hoddy and the reward was immediate with a stumping, while Westwood at the other end had McCumisky caught by George with the score on just 29-3. Skermer and Ball put on a partnership of 53, before the second bowling change took effect with George claiming both wickets in successive overs. When the third wave of batting power arrived so did Hoddy’s third change with the ball, this time Hughes stepped in and had the dangerous Robinson LBW to a ball he appeared to almost turn his back on. Hughes then had Hill caught by Moss and an LBW call against Edward swung things firmly in favour of the Nomads.. The fourth bowling change arrived and again the wickets fell. G Blackburn had Smith caught by Westwood and Brannigan completed the task by bowling P Blackburn with Queens Head amassing just 151.