NOMADS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF SPAIN
The returning Nomads completed a successful tour of Spain last week by winning four and drawing one of the six matches they played.
First up for captain Michael Blumberg and his wandering club were Albox who they played on the 14th of October in La Manga. The visitors, boasting an experienced side, were much too strong for the Spanish based club and won the game easily. Alan Hancock contributed 79 to the Nomads cause against the Almerian based club.
Next up at La Manga were La Manga themselves and again the batting of the Nomads proved too strong for the local side. All rounder James While was on the top of his game with the bat and scored 123 to ensure two victories out of two for the tourists. While continued his rich vein of form the following day by notching up 137 not out to help register another victory for the Nomads.
Moving up to Alfas Del Pi the Nomads then played the Alfas Saturday side. Alfas were soon in trouble at 3 for 2 with two of their top batsman back in the pavillion. A quick fire 27 by Lupson and Spencer Dawes (35) gave Alfas a total of 168 from their 40 overs. Ram Nandiraju was the pick of the Nomads bowlers, returning figures of 4 for 20 off 8 overs.
Nomads never looked in trouble chasing such a small total on a wicket favouring the batsman and all the batsman contributed to the total as the visitors won by 6 wckets. Sunday arrived and Alfas strengthened their Sunday to try and stop a clean sweep by he visitors. The visitors batted first and posted a challenging total of 225 off their 40 overs. However, they found Tasker in great form form Alfas and he completed his maiden century for the home side to the delight of the spectators braving the drizzle. Faran Afzal added an unbeaten 50 to slightly blemish the scorebook of the visiting team.
Monday saw the last game of the tour for the Nomads and Simon Barter took over the captaincy from Blumberg in a timed game against The Forty Club of Spain. The Nomads recovered from a shaky start to post a total well over 200 mainly thanks to a 122 run partnership between Illija Krunic (63) and Howden (60), who was guesting for the visitors for the day.
In reply The Forty Club struggled to cope with the guile and flight of Blumbergs bowling and they managed to hold out for a draw with two wickets still intact at the close of play. A classy 33 not out by Tim Marshall saved the day for the Forty Club despite Blumberg´s valiant effort that saw him finish with the remarkable figures of 7 for 60 off 17 overs.
The visitors can be well pleased with their efforts over the six games and Spanish cricket looks forward to the next time the Nomads grace the coast of Spain with their cricketing skills.
Nomads Cricket Club was founded in St John's Wood, London in 1903. Always a wandering club Nomads continues to play a full season of matches in UK and make regular tours in UK, Europe and Worldwide. The club welcomes cricketers from all over the world to join us playing well and in the best spirit.