A cricket ball. Pic: Tc7

Lichfield Nomads were edged out in a tough encounter with Walsall HCC.

Opting to field first, the city side saw Fearon and Moss produce a tight opening spell with the ball to keep the shackles on the visitors.

But it wasn’t until Hughes joined the attack that the wickets began to fall as he trapped Ince lbw before taking a catch of his own bowling to remove Fell.

Stand-in wicketkeeper Rolfe was in impressive form as he enjoyed two stumpings and a good leg-side catch with Nomads eventually set a target of 191 to win.

Hopes were high that Lichfield could reach their target but a thin edge to the keeper saw opener George removed for just four, while Moss’ wicket followed from Davis’ bowling.

When Stanley went for two things were looking bleak for Nomads, but Fearon steadied the ship and raced to a half-century off just 29 balls.

Hughes had been hoping to collect the single needed to reach his 1,000th run for Nomads, but a duck means he will have to wait to hit the milestone.

Westwood and Fearon paired up well as the score reached 110-4 off 21 overs.

But the introduction of Preece to the Walsall attack saw the innings come apart at the seams. First Fearon was caught for 59, before Westwood joined him back in the pavilion after being bowled.

Three good slip catches by Smith accounted for the wickets of Bourne, Rolfe and P Blackburn with the inings concluding when Greaves was caught while attempting a lofted drive.