During a regulation cricketing Saturday the TCC Watsapp group gets quite a hammering. Score updates from all five of the men's senior sides filter through, as do the various tales of woe and wonderfulness that go with the Saturday action.
Last week one particular developing narrative caught everyone's eye; Nikhil Nomula was playing the innings of his life at Uxbridge (see here for the card). He smashed 164 runs as the threes piled on the runs.
When you go, go big!
Since joining the Ts (ironically, from Uxbridge, last Saturday's opponents) Nomula has piled on over 3,000 runs for the club. During his six years with the Ts Nomula certainly hasn't been averse to notching centuries.
His aggressive style has always meant that when runs come they tend to come quickly. That means that alongside twelve fifties for Twickenham Nomula has also notched six centuries. He scored his debut tonne back in 2015, amassing an undefeated 137 as the the threes brutally knocked off 220 against Brondesbury.
He followed that up a year later at Uxbridge (there's a pattern developing here!) with 108 for the 2nds (see here). He's also clearly embraced Cricket Week with two centuries (in 2015 and 2018) against redditch.
Go with the flow
When asked about his performance on Saturday, Nomula admitted that before the game he had a number of runs in his head that he wanted to score. However, he also "didn't want to fall in to the trap of thinking too far ahead". See ball, hit ball was very much the order of the day.
Nomula nonetheless knew that he was on for something special when he got to 100 and still felt like there was plenty of time to keep on going. "It didn't feel like I'd done anything too out of the ordinary" he continued. "I then hit their quickest bowler for a six over mid-wicket and that's when I thought to myself that there was some real fun to be had here".
Control the controllables
Moving forward, Nomula's clearly someone who is not going to rest on his laurels. "Martin Fairn's session on Thursday night really helped me think about my batting. I was much clearer in what I was trying to do". Fairny, you can sign Nikhil up as you advertising go to man here and now!
"Going back to my old club also undoubtedly helped on Saturday. There were a few familiar faces around. Batting with Wattsy was also great. We usually bat well together but now we really do have something to show for it; 257 is a quite an effort!"
He's not wrong, and as things stand no one at TCC can recall a higher opening stand at any level in senior cricket.
Well done Nikhil, a fantastic effort. It's always great to see such a popular guy do really well.