Gullick Cup Final
Southwater 53 All Out (17.3 overs) Sussex Oak 54-1 (9 overs)
Sussex Oak won by 9 wickets
Although, as the scores suggest, this year’s Gullick Cup Final at Horsham Cricket Club resulted in a resounding win for the Sussex Oak, there were some memorable performances. The Gullick Cup competition – which began in 1972 – is designed to enable non regular cricketers to participate, and is played in that spirit. To get to the final Sussex Oak had beaten Crabtree Cavaliers and Southwater had overcome Red Lyon Slinfold, off the last possible ball. Southwater had won the trophy in 1986 and 1987 but this was not their year, runs were at a premium as they started slowly and lost wickets regularly, Mark Woodhatch taking 3-5 and Harry Dear 3-14, both off 4 overs, crisp outfield fielding featuring an outstanding catch by Josh Medley. The 54 run target was unlikely to trouble Sussex Oak, for whom Joe Clark – brother of Horsham’s Ed, Ollie and Tom smote a quick-fire 30 not out, telling the District Post: “It was great to play for my local pub, especially as I’ve had dodgy knees and back recently!” Sussex Oak Captain Ollie Nottage, a Warnham player and son of the pub landlord said: “We were in the final eight years ago and really wanted to win it this time: we had a good squad out and it was great!”
Horsham President Barry Peay paid tribute to Gullick organiser David Horsman and David’s fellow umpire Tom Hogsflesh along with praise for scorers Neil Chartres and Jenny Wise – and, especially, to Richard Marshall for another good pitch.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter