Lichfield Nomads Cricket Club : Match Reports 2008

Opposition: Shugborough
Date : 17th May 2008
Start Time : 2:00pm
Venue : Away.
Competition : Friendly
Result : Won by 3 runs
Report : P. Fearon
Toss : Won
Umpires: Forster etc
Scorer: Jennett / Hoddy
Weather: Wet, gloomy, cold
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Shugborough v Lichfield Nomads

Lichfield Nomads 169 for 5 v Shugborough 166 for 9

Nomads hold nerve for Shugborough victory
Lichfield Nomads beat Shugborough by three runs in a closely fought contest at a damp Shugborough Hall. The Nomads posted 169 for 5, Fearon top scored with 80. Heslington tweaked a muscle to leave the Nomads bowling a bit threadbare and the absence of Gardner gave Graeme Blackburn the opportunity to make his debut as wicket keeper. Snapper Blackburn bowled particularly well, taking 2 for 12. The hosts were well placed on 151 for 5 with 4 overs left. But Hughes (4-39) and Fearon (1-43) held their nerve to deny the opposition.

On the day that Portsmouth beat Cardiff in the FA Cup final, Captain Hughes won the toss and elected to bat. In the absence of regular opener Gardner, Paul Fearon opened with Keith Stanley. The weather was particularly unpleasant. Cold, drizzly and dark clouds hovering. Fearon looked positive from the off and the pair started to build a decent opening stand. Fearon was watchful in defence and as aggressive as ever against the bad balls. Hitting a couple of sweet hooks for four from opener Conway's shorter deliveries.
Stanley also grew in confidence as the pair saw off the opening bowlers and soon the 50 partnership was up in the 14th over. Stanley was eventually out for 16, including a couple of nice fours, with the score on 73. He was judged to be lbw by umpire Forster after a long, careful deliberation. Fearon reached his fifty and then with the score on 96, Caygill was unluckily bowled by a full toss for 4. Fuzz Weir hung around and helped add 30 with Fearon before he was run out for 8 as the Nomads looked to increase the scoring rate. 
Fearon was finally bowled for 80 having scored 15 fours, with the score on 144. Heslington joined Hughes and promptly pulled a groin muscle and had to call for a runner. Hughes was caught by Caffrey for 15. Heslington limped off with 10 not out and Graeme Blackburn finished on 0 not out. A decent score of 169 for 5 but probably 10 - 20 runs less than the Nomads hoped for.

Hoddy and Blackburn (senior) opened the bowling and both kept the batsmen in check and Blackburn picked up both openers thanks to two good catches by Keith Stanley at mid-on, to reduce Shugborough to 42 for 2. Meredith (27) and Bennett (31) then added 66 to put Shugborough in command. Forster removed Bennett thanks to a good catch from Graeme Blackburn and Caygill took a good catch running round from point off Hughes. Caffrey looked dangerous and hit 14 from five balls from Fearon to reduce the required run rate to 4 an over. Fearon clean bowled him off the final ball of the over and the momentum was halted briefly. Shugborough were running some quick singles to put the Nomads threadbare fielding side under pressure but Hughes continued to pick off the lower order, trapping Turnock lbw and dismissing Conway caught by Hoddy. Despite some howlers in the field, the Nomads kept calm and kept the pressure on with some tight bowling. Keeper Blackburn took another catch to dismiss Brewer and the last pair were at the crease for the final over. Hughes finished on a Nomads 'pb' of 4 for 39. This left Shugborough needing 8 off the last over from Fearon. They only got 2 off the first 5 so they needed a six off the last ball. The Nomads field was duly spread and they only got two, giving a victory by 3 runs. A very close call in the end that could have gone either way. The last four Shugborough batsmen only managed 3 runs between them.

Lichfield Nomads         Shugborough      
How Out Bowler Total How Out Bowler Total
P. Fearon b. Meredith 80   P Turnock ct. Stanley P. Blackburn 17
K. Stanley lbw P Turnock 16   M Mason ct. Stanley P. Blackburn 20
R. Caygill b. Caffery  4   Meredith ct. Caygill Hughes 27
N, Weir run out    8   Bennett ct. G. Blackburn Forster 31
I. Hughes * ct. Caffrey Meredith 15   Caffrey bowled Fearon 14
M. Heslington not out   10   K Mason run out (G. Blackburn) 15
G. Blackburn + not out    0   L Mayne not out   14
J. Hoddy         M Turnock lbw Hughes  1
D. Forster         R Conway ct. Hoddy Hughes  1
P. Blackburn         P Brewer ct. G. Blackburn Hughes  0
D. Pickering         S Mason not out    1
    Extras 36       Extras 26
    Total for 5 wickets 169       Total for 9 wkts 166
Fall of wickets: 73(2); 96(3); 126(4); 144(1); 163(5) Fall of wickets: 40 (1); 42 (2); 108 (4); 127 (5); 140(3); 151(6); 155(8); 157 (9); 162 (10)
Conway 5-2-19-0; Mason 6-3-8-0
P Turnock 8-1-20-1; M Turnock 2-0-27-0
Caffrey 8-2-43-1; Meredith 7-1-34-2
S Mason 3-0-9-0
Hoddy 8-0-30-0; P. Blackburn 8-3-12-2
Forster 8-0-35-1; Hughes 8-0-39-4
Fearon 8-0-43-1


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