England & Wales CB National Club Championship
Horsham 263-7 (45 overs) Roffey 268 -5 (42.2 overs)
Roffey won by 5 wickets
On the previous day at Roffey a match produced 532 runs, which, with the hard, fast outfield, emphasised that a substantial target would be needed.
Horsham won the toss and openers Craig Gallagher, fresh from two undefeated 70s, and Joe Ludlow, also in prime form, rattled up 31 off the first four overs until Rohit Jagota promptly took a wicket. Roffey then clawed things back to 98-2 at the half way stage of Horsham’s innings and although Will Beer (62) and Michael Thornely – who finished on 83 not out – were batting well they never quite managed to cut loose. Four Horsham batsmen posted twenties but, given the short boundaries either side of the wicket, 263 was a useful but not killer score. Luke Barnard with 3-47, including two Matt Davies’ stumpings, was Roffey’s main wicket-taker, Jagota, George Fleming, and Alex Collins sharing the remaining spoils.
Roffey set off positively, opener Theo Rivers going on to top score with 76, but the sizeable crowd needed to know how much of a threat would be posed by Will Beer and Michael Munday. They both necessitated watchfulness and shared four wickets for 58 runs in their 18 overs, Munday being especially frugal, and, although on 184-5 Roffey still had much to do, the other six bowlers used were unable to stem the flow of runs. Jagota (68) and Davies (38) – both undefeated – brought Roffey victory with 16 balls to spare, Davies telling the District Post: “We bowled and chased well. Barney was the pick of our bowlers, bogging them down in mid innings – I felt that Horsham were about 20 short.” Michael Munday added: “We had a defendable score but in the favourable conditions the margin for error was very small. We needed to get Rohit out!”
Again, Roffey are the only Sussex team left in the competition and in the next round – on Sunday May 29 – they host Reigate.