Martin Read – Sports Reporter
An unprecedented number of changes in senior officials were voted in at Horsham CC’s AGM, the club fortunately having exceptional candidates to replace former incumbents.
Colin Mitcham continues as Hon Treasurer and Ed Clark as Cricket Manager but but the holders of all other major posts have changed. After 54 years at the club as an outstanding player and administrator, President Hugh Thomas stands down because of ill health, wih Barry Peay stepping up. Richard Marshall takes over from Barry as Ground Manager and becomes Chairman following the resignation of respected ex-wicketkeeper batsman John Carter.
After 22 years on the committee, John said: “It has been a great honour but now is the right time for someone else to inject fresh ideas.”
Richard Marshall’s father had set up the colts training programme with former long term President John Dew before Richard became very successful club captain. His son Luke also became skipper, piloting Horsham to national Cockspur Cup victory at Lord’s in 2005.
Kate Huddlestone is the new Secretary following the untimely death of Karen Marshall, while Clive Noblett becomes Fixtures Secretary, a role previously filled for 40 years by Hugh Thomas. Additionally, James Johnson takes over from Sam Attfield as 1st XI Captain.
Playing down his enormous contribution, Hugh Thomas said: “This is a great club and that is the important thing – it is not so much about the individuals.”
He also paid tribute to his successor, Barry Peay reminding members that apart from being an outstanding player, much respected senior umpire and serial Festival organiser, Barry has just been recognised by Sussex with a life time achievement award. Barry, who recently returned from playing in tests for England Over 70s in Australia, responded saying that as a student he first met newly installed Life Patron Hugh at Collyers when the outgoing President was teaching there, saying: “Hugh has been a wonderful steadying hand at the tiller of the club for so many years and we are all greatly indebted to him.”
Other Horsham CC news – Jamie Morgan, formerly at Roffey CC is the new groundsman, Michael Munday won the league bowling award for the fourth consecutive year, Will Beer has signed a new two year contract with Sussex and George Garton has been added to the England U19 squad. Meanwhile, the fireworks event was a huge success, raising some £19,000.