Cricket – Saturday May 25
THE 1st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division
Cuckfield 324-7 (50 overs) Horsham 309 all out (49.5 overs)
Cuckfield won by 15 runs – Horsham 11 points – Cuckfield 30
Sunday May 26 – Sussex Cricket League T20 Sussex Cup
Felbridge & Sunnyside 106-9 (20 overs) – Horsham 109-0 (13.3 overs)
Horsham won by 10 wickets
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
For the second week running Horsham scored more than 300, only to lose, albeit by a frustratingly narrow margin. With home advantage Cuckfield elected to bat and were soon in big trouble, three wickets for overseas player Jamie Brown and one for Sussex’s Tom Haines reducing the hosts to 18-4. But, with Horsham eyeing up the prospect of a second win in this campaign, their hopes were dashed by 257 run fifth wicket partnership between last out Harry Clark, whose 158 included 15 fours and 8 sixes, in tandem with 91 from Marcus Campopiano, six bowlers being unable to separate the pair until the damage had been done.
Brown finished with 3-35 and PJ Williams 2-87. Horsham needed to get off to a good start, and, with Haines in good form, they did, reaching 134 before they lost their second wicket, and at 228-3 they were still well-placed to pull off a memorable victory. But wickets fell at regular intervals, Haines scoring 107 from 114 balls. Skipper Michael Thornely and Willams chipped in with 45 apiece and four other batsmen made double figure scores, but Horsham could not quite get over the line, late wickets by Billy M-Collinson (4-76) and Tom Weston finally undermining their strong push for the runs. Horsham, though, fared better in the Sussex Cup on Sunday, when At Felbridge Sunnyside’s Chartham Ground they inserted the hosts. Felbridge put on 52 for the first wicket with Captain Jack Williams making 39, but his dismissal sparked a collapse from 70-2 to 89-7, from which there was to be no recovery, no other batsman reaching double figures. Mali Bardouille-Lewis took 4-19 and James Brehaut 3-6 from his four frugal overs.
A target of 107 was unlikely to discomfort Horsham and Michael Thornely and Akshay Ramani knocked off the runs with six and a half overs unused, hitting 17 fours between them, Horsham winning by 10 wickets. On Saturday there is a highlight of the local sporting calendar – Horsham v . Roffey at Cricketfield Road. With bragging rights at stake, matches between Horsham and Roffey are always keenly fought – Horsham have been League Champions on eight occasions and serial cup winners, including the National cup at Lord’s, but latterly Roffey have usurped the crown with four championship titles in five years, adding spice to the quest for local supremacy. Last year Horsham strengthened their side with three Sussex players – Jofra Archer, George Garton and Will Beer, it might have been four, but Tom Haines was sidelined with concussion – and, unsurprisingly, won easily, Roffey’s only league defeat of the season ahead of finishing champions again. For this year’s match Archer will be on England duty at the World Cup and Sussex start a four day Championship match at Lord’s on Sunday, which will undoubtedly have a bearing on the availability of county players. Meanwhile, with 2pm starts, Horsham Thursday XI’s programme of matches begins this Thursday (30th), running through week by week to August 29th, beginning and ending with matches against longstanding combatants Brighton Brunswick, with all but one of the 14 fixtures at home.