Sussex Gray-Nicholls T20 Cup Semi Final
Horsham 173-4 (20 overs) Brighton & Hove 171 All Out (20 overs)
Horsham won by 2 runs
Horsham booked their day at the Sussex T20 Cup Final after clinching a thrilling victory when all had seemed lost despite Brighton having to chase down a very demanding 174.
Horsham won the toss and showed positive intent by batting first, openers Craig Gallagher making 38 and Tom Johnson 37. When they were parted 82 was on the board at the half way stage of the innings, Michael Thornely going on to score a 36 ball 51 before Tom Haines and James Johnson helped Horsham to post 173-4. When Brighton replied Michael Thornely and David Croshaw each took two wickets and at 50-4 the run rate had risen beyond ten an over, and subsequently exceeded 14 with Horsham seemingly cruising to an inevitable win. Brighton, though pressed on, Alasdair Wilson’s 56 keeping them in contention along with Curtis Ford, former Assistant Groundsman at Horsham, and, especially Simon Hetherton, whose 10 ball 30, included 4 maximums, so nearly snatching victory from Horsham’s grasp. But in a dramatic last over a run out and three Jonny Whiting wickets, culminating with a Michael Munday catch sealed Horsham’s win when three runs had been required from the final ball. After finishing with 4-31 Whiting told the District Post: “Hetherton had hit me for 3 sixes in a row in my previous over and I thought we’d blown it, so it was great to run out winners!” In the 34 year history of the cup Horsham have won it on a record 12 occasions (lastly in 2013) – seven times more than their nearest contender.
The final is at the county ground Hove on Sunday August 21 when Horsham meet Middleton, last year’s runner up.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter