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by: conrad_a_bedford



Nomads CC paid their annual visit to Spain last week and played matches against La Manga, Sporting Alfas and the Forty Club of Spain respectively. The game against a strong Alfas side was probrably the most difficult game of the tour on paper, and so it prooved as the visitors lost the game by six wickets.

Alfas took to the field and commenced the bowling with Laudon and Pennick. The Nomads openers were Barter and Javea’s Paul Stansfield, who was making a guest appearance for the visitors. Laudon and Pennick both started economically with the first three overs only resulting in two runs. The steady start changed when Stansfield hit two consecutive fours of Pennick in the fourth over and that seemed to give the former Spanish International the confidence to be more aggressive in his shot selection. Barter was prooving a competent ally at the other end and Nomads had moved onto 45 without loss before a mini collapse occurred.

The introduction of spin in the shape of Wasim and Compton caused the damage and brought quick wickets. Barter was the first to go when he was clean bowled by the left arm spin of Wasim and then While followed four runs later when he was stumped off the same bowler without a run to his name. Leg spinner Compton got into the act by bowling Stansfield around his legs for a fine 33 and when Wasim claimed his third wicket courtesy of a fine slip catch by Pennick at the second attempt the promising visitors start had crumbled from 45 for 0 to 54 for 4.

The middle order for Nomads comprised mainly of Barcelona players guesting for the day, and Asif (12), Nisar (28), and Khurran (12) all made significant contributions to push the score to 124 for 7. However, none of the players could cope with the guile of Wasim who ended up with match figures of 5 for 16 off 8 overs. 

A fine cameo innings by Armaghan (45) and some big hitting by Shah who hit 15 off 7 balls took the Nomads final score to 166 all out. The Nomads score was assisted by some sloppy fielding by Alfas that included 4 dropped catches off the bowling of the unlucky Spencer.

Alfas took to their task purposefully and Shafique and Spencer looked comfortable against the Nomads bowling. With the score on 26 Armaghan produced a great ball that saw Spencer caught behind. When While disposed of the other opener Ali with the score on 48 the home sides supporters began to get a little nervy. When Compton followed the very next ball, to a fine slip catch by Stansfield the energy levels of the visitors rose substantially. While was denied an hat trick by Myers but Nomads were back in the game. The new partnership of Pennick and Myers soon re-established control for Alfas and they forged a  partnership of 77 before Myers received a yorker from Wasim that uprooted his middle stump.

With Pennick in great form and Wasim looking solid at the other end Alfas reached their total of 167 with 14 overs to spare and Pennick remained 65 not out in an innings that included one 6 and nine 4`s. Nomads fought to the end but to no avail as the local side secured a comfortable six wicket victory despite playing the whole game with only ten men.


S Barter Bowled Wasim 14

P Stansfield Bowled Compton 33

J While Stumped Ali Bowled Wasim 0

A Stammers Caught Pennick Bowled Wasim 0

Asif  Lbw Wasim 12

Nisar Caught Metcalfe Bowled Wasim 28

Armaghan Run Out (Laudon) 45

Khurran  Caught Myers Bowled Spencer 12

V Gavin Caught Munoz Bowled Pennick 4

Shah Caught Munoz Bowled Laudon 15

M Bloomberg Not Out 1

Subtotal                      154

Extras                           12

Total 166 all out.

FOW- 1-45, 2-49. 3-53, 4-54, 5-65, 6-87, 7-124, 8-142, 9-161, 10-166


K Laudon 7.1-3-18-2

P Pennick 8-0-41-1

Wasim 8-1-16-5

G Compton 8-0-54-1

M Spencer 7-1-24-1


M Spencer Caught Nisar Bowled Armaghan 10

S Ali Caught Asif Bowled While 32

G Compton Caught Stansfield Bowled While 4

P Pennick Not Out 65

D Myers Bowled Wasim 29

Wasim Not Out 13

C Munoz Dnb

G Metcalfe Dnb

K Laudon Dnb

J Howden Dnb

Sub total       162

Extras 8

Total 170 for 4 wickets

FOW-  1-26, 2-48, 3-48, 4-135


J While 8-0-46-2

Wasim 6.4-0-50-1

Armaghan 4-1-24-1

M Bloomberg 4-0-22-0

Khurran 4-0-8-0




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