Sussex Premier League
Horsham 291-3 dec (49 overs) Worthing 154 All Out (38.3 overs)
Horsham won by 137 runs
Horsham won the toss, posted a killer score, declared to give themselves extra overs to bowl out Worthing, then Michael Munday delivered another strong win, giving Horsham a 31 point lead at the top of the table over Preston Nomads, whose Sunday game against the Sussex Development XI was abandoned. Horsham’s batting, unpredictable in recent seasons, has been significantly uplifted this term by the return of Michael Thornely and the signing of Joe Ludlow – and the excellent form of both Craig Gallagher and James Johnson. Horsham hit the ground running in the first game of the season, when, in the National Knockout Cup at Sutton, they put up a 207 run opening partnership.
At Worthing they were even more productive with 233 for the first wicket, Ludlow scoring 111 and Gallagher 113, each facing 119 balls and hitting 34 fours and a six between them, enabling Horsham to give themselves 61 overs to bowl out the opposition. Jamie Thornely took two early wickets and although five Worthing batsmen got off to good starts, four getting into the twenties and Josh Wood reaching 32, Munday was again far too difficult to handle ending with 6-54, from 15.3 overs, Worthing swiftly subsiding to a 137 run defeat from the apparent safety of 72-2. Munday’s haul included four LBW’s and an outstanding Jamie Thornely catch. With his league tally increased to 27 scalps the demon leg spinner told the District Post: “It was a big turning wicket, I bowled at the stumps – sometimes a bit quicker – and they played late!” Former captain Craig Gallagher, the leading league run scorer in 2010, said: “I used to open the batting and I’m really enjoying that opportunity again. I’ve got a good bat and am feeling confident. It’s a great experience!” Skipper James Johnson summed up the buoyant mood in the Horsham camp saying: “We’re playing well so we don’t need to worry about any other results at the moment – all we’ve got to do is to keep winning!”
Tomorrow (Saturday) Horsham return home to play struggling Billingshurst, keen to avenge two shock defeats at the hands of last year’s newcomers to the league.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter