Sussex Premier League
Horsham 147 All Out (53.3 overs) Hastings & St Leonards Priory 150-8 (40.5 overs)
Hastings won by 2 wickets
Another outstanding bowling performance from leg spinner Michael Munday almost snatched a much needed win for Horsham but Hastings scrambled home on a difficult wicket at Horntye Park.
Aiming for something over 200 Horsham elected to bat and reached 51-1 but then wickets fell too regularly, reducing them to 128-7. Earlier a fifth wicket stand of 69 between top-scoring match skipper Michael Thornely with 41 in partnership with Tom Johnson (28) had strengthened Horsham’s position but once they were out the innings fizzled out for a disappointing 147. Six Horsham batsmen got to double figures but all-rounder Jed O’Brien’s 5-40 and subsequent 30 proved decisive. Replying, Hastings were well placed on 58-0 – James Pooley making the highest score of the match (46), but Michael Munday dismissed the top six batsmen before going on to finish with 7-69 in another marathon spell, Hastings getting home despite losing three late wickets. In Michael’s best season for Horsham he took 66 league wickets and, currently on 57, head and shoulders above any other contender, he hopes to set a new personal record this season, telling the District Post: “I feel I’m still bowling well: losing Jofra (Archer) to Sussex has put more responsibility on me, so I’m bowling a lot of overs and am enjoying playing on helpful wickets!” Post match Michael Thornely told us: “The boys fought hard, to lose by just two wickets after we’d only scored 147 was a great effort – if we’d managed to get 175 that would have been a winning score. Michael Munday was really outstanding again but we didn’t quite make it.”
With just one win from their last seven matches Horsham slip to fourth behind Roffey, Cuckfield and Bexhill but have a good opportunity to improve their situation tomorrow (Saturday 13, 12 noon start) when they return home to entertain bottom club Worthing, whom they thumped on the coast earlier in the season.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter