Martin Read – Sports Reporter
The financial results of this year’s festival have now been finalised and Horsham Cricket Club are delighted to announce that their share is just under £10,000 – a very healthy profit resulting from much hard work by the club committee, ground, office and bar staff and a veritable army of volunteers.
Horsham President Hugh Thomas told the District Post: “It was one of the very best festivals with consistently high attendances and I’m so pleased that after the doubts over whether it would proceed because of difficulties in obtaining sponsorship that we’ve returned to the profit level of five years ago.”
Festival organiser Barry Peay added: “It proves that given good weather and attractive opposition like we had this year with Warwickshire and Notts we can produce a good outcome for the club and ensure that Sussex will want to return. It also means that Horsham Cricket Club can continue to invest in top quality playing and practice facilities. It was great to hear the fulsome praise of the umpires and players about the wicket. Our groundsman Jim Askew won the Sussex Cricket League best pitch award and is now in the frame for the county outground prize to be announced later this month. Scarborough usually win that but we’d love to deny them this year!”
Sussex CEO Zac Toumazi and Chairman Jim May have told us that the county loves coming to Horsham because the club always provides a friendly welcome and the date of next year’s festival and the fixtures will soon be published. Horsham are very keen to host reigning county champions Yorkshire for the four day game – the only one of the 18 first class counties never to appear at Cricketfield Road. In next season’s Royal London one day cup Sussex will feature with Essex, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. Glamorgan have not visited Horsham for many years – Field Marshall Montgomery was on the ground the last time they came – but perhaps a local derby will bring in another bumper crowd. Full details of the 2015 festival fixtures will appear in the District Post as soon as the information is released by the England & Wales Cricket Board.