Horsham Cricket Club has pulled off a major coup with the appointment of Michael Thornely as their new Captain, Cricket Chairman Richard Marshall telling the District Post: “Michael has bags of experience on the field, the support of the team and is a student of the game, so he’s a good choice.” And Michael says: “I’m really thrilled about it – I started playing at Horsham when I was seven and have always regarded it as my cricket home, even when I was playing for Sussex.”
Michael has just turned 29 and played at Horsham with brothers Andrew and Jamie before graduating to Sussex, debuting against the Indians at Hove. After leaving Sussex he played for Unicorns, taking a century off Somerset and almost repeating the feat against Nottinghamshire, which led to a contract with Leicestershire, for whom he scored 113 and 97 in his first team debut. In all right handed batsman and occasional medium pacer Michael played 98 games in the different county formats. In 2015 he played for London side Blackheath, with whom he won the National Knockout Cup and then re-joined Horsham last season, scoring 151 in the Premier League against Worthing. But, it was Michael’s consistent exploits in the Sussex Cup that really set the club alight – his 361 runs including 106 against Bognor and an incredible 47 ball unbeaten 98 against Preston Nomads in the Quarter Final, when he rescued Horsham from a parlous 20-5.
Michael Thornely summed up saying: “We’re taking steps to strengthen Horsham’s side and I’m really looking forward to the season!”