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Football and music at Horsham’s award winning cricket ground

Martin Read

Horsham Cricket Club are delighted to have won the Sussex League best pitch and ground award. Geordie Groundsman Jon Buddington – who joined the club from Tunbridge Wells CC’s Nevill Ground just before the start of the recently completed season – says: “After a season here at Horsham, where I arrived in March; we’ve came top of the Sussex league grounds (based on umpires’ marks for pitch and outfield). Not knowing the square was an initial headache, yet the local knowledge of Richard Marshall was invaluable. Now, onwards with autumn renovations!” Marshall, Horsham Chairman of Cricket, and often to be seen working on the ground alongside Jon Buddington, told the District Post: “We have a lot of club and representative cricket on our two grounds, and while tennis and squash continues all year round, and our hockey teams use the club as their base, too, since the Rugby Club vacated in the early 70s, the ground itself has not been used from September through to April. So, for the first time, for this autumn and winter we’ve marked out three football pitches and its great to see games in action every weekend. We’re the home ground of Horsham Tigers juniors on Saturdays, and on Sundays two adult teams play – Forest Recommissioned (the Forestry Commission side from Division 2 in the Sunday League) and Horsham 1881 from Division 3.”                                                                                             The club’s Shaka Shambrook commented: “We’ve got a pitch outside the pavilion, another in between the tennis courts and the main square and the third parallel to the cricket square on the John Dew ground. Its great fun – and Horsham 1881 say its their lucky ground – they hadn’t won for two years – until they came here! We’re pleased to be able to provide refreshments for players and spectators and after four weeks of football you’d never know the ground had been played on.” Richard Marshall added: “Hopefully the footballers will scarify the outfield for us!”                                                      The regular popular music evenings at the club recently featured a Mainly Madness gig enjoyed by 400 people in a marquee, to be followed on Friday (October 13) by Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes – returning by popular demand, the male-fronted party band perform their diverse range with a passion, keeping faith with original versions, but playing songs as if they are there own. Then, Horsham Sports Club’s next major event at the cricket ground is their annual fireworks extravaganza on Saturday October 28, tickets for which are selling like hot cakes.

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