The district’s well attended Mirfield and Gullick knockout cup finals – always accompanied by plenty of banter among the friendly rivals – have long been outstanding July events at Horsham Cricket Club and plans are under consideration to re-launch the Mirfield onto Sunday finals day format to give it an even more distinctive and exceptional showcase. The Gullick is going from success to success and is scheduled to continue on its traditional midweek evening basis. Matches in both competitions are played under T20 conditions, a formula introduced when the Mirfield – named after Frank Mirfield, an early President of Horsham CC – began in 1959, long before the format’s adoption by the professional game worldwide.
Organiser David Horsman told the District Post: “The established concept of the Gullick Cup is to provide a fun competition for businesses and pub social sides and it has always been strongly supported and played in that spirit. And, last year in the Mirfield, Sussex County League Premier Division clubs was allowed to enter and our intention is now to stage that competition on a single Sunday to provide a really memorable day of matches. We’ve invited previous participants in both tournaments to confirm that they will be playing in the forthcoming season’s contests and we’re keen to broaden the appeal, so I encourage any other clubs and social teams to get in touch with the Horsham Cricket Club office (01403 254628) to register their interest if they would like to join in – we always enjoy seeing our regular favourites, but love welcoming new faces, too!”
For the record, Roffey, in their third appearance in finals in four years, notched up a record 16th win in the competition when they beat Slinfold aviation company AJW in the Mirfield last season, while the Sussex Oak carried off the Gullick silverware at Southwater’s expense.
Martin Read – Sports Reporter