Nomansland and Bramshaw Cricket Clubs to merge

As most of you will be aware we have encountered a lack of players in the last couple of seasons which has threatened the future of the club.

To ensure the continuation of Cricket “on the green” talks have been ongoing with Bramshaw Cricket Club to merge the two clubs. Happily this was ratified at the recent Bramshaw Cricket Club AGM.

The merged Club will consist of three Saturday teams, with two playing at Bramshaw and the third at Nomansland. There will be two Tuesday teams with A playing at Bramshaw and the B at Nomansland. There will be a strong Nomansland flavour in the Captaincy of the new club with Gary Loveless in charge of the Saturday Seconds and Ian Loveless looking after the thirds, Terry Harrison will continue to catain the Tuesday B team.

We do hope that all Vie Presidents, players and other interested parties continue to support the merged Club. The new Club will cover a large triangle of the New Forest with Bramshaw, Nomansland and Landford villages involved. Bramshaw already run an Academy at Landford that attracted a large number of young cricketers to net sessions last summer, all looking good for the future!

It is hoped that there will be a couple of pre-season inter-club matches at both Nomansland and Bramshaw. More information will follow in due course.

Game abandoned in Bournemouth

After last weeks disappointment when Hyde 2nds were unable to raise a side, Nomansland travelled to Bournemouth in the hope of finishing the season on a high. Taking first knock at Chapel Gate, it was soon apparent that the long grass in the outfield was going to prevent a high scoring game. A rain break came after 35 minutes batting with Nomansland 34-2, but play was able to resume after a break of 45 minutes when the rain relented. The visitors swiftly slumped to a precarious 39-5 in the sixteenth over, but a determined Chris Walton was joined by the fast improving James Mason in a useful stand. Walton had dusted the cobwebs from his kit and was making his only appearance of the season and gradually found his touch. Nomansland had already realised that 140 would be a good score in the circumstances and the pair added 70 in contrasting styles before both fell with the score on 109, Walton for 36 and Mason for 35.  Carl Mason and Mike Rowland then took the score  on to 120-7 before the rain returned and forced an early tea at 36 overs. The rain was still coming down after tea and the match was abandoned, which bearing in mind how much certain players ate was perhaps a good thing!

Match Report v Beaulieu

Beaulieu 157 Nomansland 161-5- Nomansland won by 5 wickets

Nomansland were hard hit by unavailability and travelled to Beaulieu with ten men only to discover that their opponents were in exactly the same boat. Sam Dempster won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. They started well however with an opening stand of 65 that was broken when Pooley was bowled by Matt Rowland for 33. His opening partner Cliff Bannell played the anchor role as wickets started to fall at the other end, with only Charlie Maton (15) and extras with 37 reaching double figures. All five visiting bowlers took wickets, with the ‘spin twins’ comprising Matt Rowland (2-42) and Gary Loveless (3-29) doing most damage. Bannell carried his bat and ended on 58 not out as Bealieu were all out at tea for 157.

Regular Nomansland umpire Tony Jolliffe had been pressed into playing and opened the batting with Gary Loveless and the pair put on a useful 30 before Jolliffe edged one behind and departed for 12. Sam Dempster (21) added 43 with Loveless before being bowled, and then Rich Dempster (21) and Loveless added a further 53 before both fell with the score on 126 (Loveless 54). Another wicket fell soon after, but any worries were quickly dispelled as James Mason (23 not out) and Ben Westhead (4 not out) saw the visitors home by 5 wickets with 10 overs to spare. Pooley with 3-29 bowled well for Beaulieu.

Match Report v Bransgore

Nomansland 239-7 Bransgore 2nds 240-1

Nomansland lost the toss and were invited to bat by Bransgore 2nds on Saturday. Gary Loveless and Simon Smith started steadily and added 63 before Smith was caught for 33. Sam Dempster joined Loveless and breezed to 34 before getting himself stumped. Terry Harrison came and went, but Rich Dempster (30) and Loveless added 81 for the 4th wicket. Four quick wickets fell but James Mason with a quickfire 13 not out took Nomansland to 239-7 at tea, with Gary Loveless ending unbeaten on 84. Chay Fox (2-52) and Geoff Angel (3-46) were the main wicket takers but youngster Harry Bartlett with 1-31 took the eye.

There was a feeling at tea that the home side were 20 short of where they should have been, and that proved to be the case as Dale Hunter and Mark Hooper enjoyed a double century opening stand. Nomansland had no luck at all in the field, beating the edge on numerous occasions, but did not help themselves spilling five catches. James Mason eventually bowled Hooper for an excellent 106, and Hunter (77 not out) and skipper Will Wright (23 not out) finished the job with 3 overs to spare.

Match Report v Lyndhurst & Ashurst

Lyndhurst and Ashurst 148-7 Nomansland 152-2

Nomansland finished their Tuesday season with a good display at home to Lyndhurst and Ashurst. The visitors elected to take first use of the facilities and assisted by a large number of extras posted a useful score of 148-7. Simon George (38), Sam Constable (22) and Simon Park (13) were the main contributors assisted by 32 extras. Sam Dempster (2-38), Terry Harrison (2-28) and Matt Rowland (1-33) were the wicket takers, assisted by two great pieces of fielding that ended with run outs.

Nomansland lost the disgruntled Sam Dempster in the opening over, but Laurence Harding and Will Hayward soon got the scoreboard flying along. The pair put together their second century stand in two games in just ten overs which included Hayward breaking a pavilion window in the process with a straight six. Hayward was eventually stumped for 38 with the partnership on 104, but this brought Terry Harrison to the crease and he set about the visiting attack with gusto, smacking four sixes and 3 fours in his 37 not out. Harding finished with an excellent unbeaten 69 as Nomansland won by eight wickets in the 14th over.

Match Report v Shrewton

Shrewton 2nds 214-9 Nomansland 189-9

This game scheduled for a Shrewton home game was switched to Nomansland, and the ‘away’ side won the toss and invited Shrewton to bat. This decision was based on the heavy rain the previous day, and this looked vindicated from the very first ball when Barton edged to slip and was gone. Sam Dempster was the main early danger and took the first four wickets to fall as the ball played tricks on the soft surface. Shrewton batted all the way down the order however, and although they slipped to 75-6, Tim Anderson-Emm played an excellent innings to turn the game around as he added 82 with skipper James Cash. Cash eventually departed for 27, but Anderson-Emm went on to complete his half century before being caught for 66. The really telling innings came at the death as number 9 Darren Bentley smacked 4 sixes in his unbeaten 40 that took Shrewton to a healthy 214-9 at tea. Dempster finished with a career best 5-32 and Rich Dempster picked up 3-55 at the end.

Nomansland started poorly and slipped to 20-3 in the sixth over. Terry Harrison was only at the crease for five overs but cracked 37 from 13 balls faced before being caught at deep mid wicket to leave Nomansland at 63-4. The team had to regroup and Ian Loveless assumed the anchor role and assisted by Matt Rowland and Ben Westhead (10 apiece) and then Mike Rowland with fifteen took Nomansland towards the target. The tempo had slowed  however and with six overs the required  rate was up to 9 an over. Loveless exited for 47 and the innings closed with Nomansland 25 short. Giles Cook picked up 3-40 but the crucial spell came from Tim Barnett who bowled ten overs at the death and picked up 2-26, only conceding 3 boundaries, to really put a brake on things.

Match Report v Paultons

Tuesday’s match report Paultons 173-1 Nomansland 152-2

In a remarkable match at Paultons, 335 runs were scored for the loss of just 3 wickets on Tuesday evening. The home side’s innings was dominated by Rob Pike who cracked a superb 111 not out, assisted by number three Nathan Feltham with an unbeaten 40. Sam Wallace picked up the only wicket to fall in a tidy 4 over spell of 1-23.

The asking rate of over nine an over looked way out of reach, but Sam Dempster and Laurence Harding got things going until Dempster was out for 19. Harding was joined by Will Hayward and the pair upped the tempo with some busy running between the wickets. After 15 overs the visitors were actually ahead of the Paultons score at the same stage, but still needed 48 from the last three overs. The pair kept going but Hayward was eventually out for a fine 58 at the end of the 17th over. Terry Harrison smacked 13 from the final six balls but Nomansland finished 21 short after a valiant chase. Harding finished unbeaten on 51.

Match Report v Parley

Parley 2nds 324-5 Nomansland 127

Nomansland’s good run crashed into the buffers against a very impressive Parley side chasing the championship. An early wicket gave the home side a good start, but Jake Markham and Jamie Hadley made things look easy as they added 270 for the second wicket. Hadley in particular looked a class act and was eventually out for a superb 137. Markham was not far behind him and finished unbeaten on 111 at tea as Parley amassed 324-5. A small flurry of wickets at the death gave Nomansland a couple of bowling bonus points, with James Mason and Gary Loveless each picking up two wickets. A remarkable one handed catch on the boundary by Terry Harrison was the highlight of a sometimes scruffy performance in the field by the home side.

For the first time since the opening match of the season Nomansland’s batting let them down. Although six of the top eight reached double figures, no one went on to make a significant contribution, as the varied Parley attack picked up wickets at regular intervals. Top scorers were Terry Harrison with a typically violent 25 and Sam Dempster with 21. Dan Avery with 4-25 was the main tormentor as the home side capitulated from 49-2 to 127 all out.

Match Report v Fawley III

Fawley 3rds 91 ao Nomansland 92-1

Nomansland made it three wins in a row with an emphatic win at Fawley on Saturday. Asked to bat, the home side started well enough and advanced to 26 without loss. Paul Hickman then chopped a ball from James Mason onto his stumps and was out for 21 and in the same over Mason yorked the dangerous Jason Ford for a duck. Mason picked up a third wicket with the score on 34, but John Church with 20 held them up for a while. Fawley then lost 3 wickets with the score on 64 and the innings ended in the 26th over when, with 9 wickets down, Andy Boba injured his knee hitting a boundary and had to retire hurt. Mason (3-25), Sam Dempster (2-30) and baby of the team Matt Rowland (3-16) took the bowling plaudits backed up with some good catching.

Nomansland started their reply well with Gary Loveless and Sam Dempster going along at a steady 6 an over. Dempster was then well caught for a sparkling 30, but Loveless was joined by Simon Smith and the experienced pair took them to a nine wicket victory in the 16th over. Loveless finished with 23 not out and Smith remained unbeaten on 34.