Sussex Premier League
Horsham 284-5 (58 overs) Cuckfield 207-7 (52 overs)
For the second game running Horsham posted a demanding total, this time featuring outstanding centuries from two young players, but although Cuckfield never looked like winning they held out for a draw.
Ben Shoare, whose 133 included 17 fours and 3 sixes and Tom Haines with an equally impressive unbeaten 101 stole the batting honours, enabling Horsham to compile 284-5. In reply Cuckfield lost Steffan Piolet without scoring – caught behind off Kevin Stoute, following the Sussex player’s lengthy spell with the ball yielding 1-89. Michael Munday continued in productive vein, taking 4-72, boosting his seasonal tally to 36 scalps – joint leading wicket taker in the league this season, but the pitch withstood all Horsham’s efforts to force a win.
Horsham captain James Johnson said: “We played all the cricket and could have batted all day, they got our wickets when we were pushing the score along. It wasn’t easy to get people out on that pitch and it was hard to score on so our two fantastic hundreds were a testament to Ben and Tom’s talent. 16 year old Tom batting like that confirms that he’s going places. With the benefit of hindsight perhaps we might have declared earlier but we’re happy to maintain our batting momentum.”
On Saturday Horsham, still fourth, entertain East Grinstead who were beaten by Bexhill last Saturday but overturned the Sussex Development XI on Sunday, elevating them to second in the table.