Sussex Premier League
Preston Nomads 132 All Out (46.1 overs) Horsham 135-1 (25.2 overs)
Horsham won by 9 wickets
Horsham were without seven top players but brushed aside Preston Nomads (league champions six times since 2006), the game finishing before 5.15 with 37.4 overs to spare, Horsham cementing top spot with a 15 point lead over Cuckfield. Nomads elected to bat and on 35-1 there was no hint of what was to come, but once leg spinner Michael Munday was introduced the innings subsided for a totally inadequate 132. Tom Haines started the rot with an excellent catch before demonstrating his all-round capability with 3-24. Jonny Whiting again bowled well, but without reward and David Croshaw picked up a wicket in a useful opening spell, but once again Munday stole the show, his 18 over 6-40, including three LBWs and an Ollie Cross stumping, raising Michael’s league tally to 45, head and shoulders beyond any other contender. The ball that bowled Carl Simon through the gate landed close to the cut strip and turned profusely to hit leg stump.
Horsham needed to score at little more than two an over but Craig Gallagher and Tom Haines batted as if they had pressing appointments elsewhere – Craig’s 81 not out containing 10 fours and 3 sixes and Tom’s 33, also unbeaten, coming off 31 balls, Horsham romping home, evergreen Antiguan Simon bowling off a short run because of a hamstring injury, unusually going wicketless.
Horsham Captain James Johnson said: “We restricted them by keeping it tight and taking regular wickets – Michael is in such a rich vein of form!” Former captain Craig Gallagher added: “It was a slow turner but there was no reason why they only got 132 – apart from Michael, he got a wicket in his first over and then bowled brilliantly again.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) Horsham visit current runners up Cuckfield and then on Sunday have a home tie in the Semi Final of the Gray-Nicholls Sussex T20 Cup against Brighton & Hove, 3pm start.