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Horsham humbled at Fulking

Cricket – Saturday May 11
THE 1 st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division
Horsham 153-9 (46 overs) – Preston Nomads 154-4 (15.3 overs)
Preston Nomads won by 6 wickets –
Horsham 6 points – Nomads 28
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Visiting the former Fulking powerhouse of Sussex Premier League cricket,
Preston Nomads having been serial champions in the not too distant past,
Horsham elected to bat, and, after losing early wickets, recovered to 87-3.
But, although Sussex’s Will Beer made 45 and Kiwi overseas Jamie Brown an
unbeaten 28, Horsham’s rain truncated innings closed on 153 after Navin
Patel took 4-33. Early wickets were essential if Horsham were to have any
chance of winning the game, but Harrison Ward (35) and former Roffey
batsman Usman Khan (45 from 26 balls) took an instant liking to the opening
bowling and, by the time they were out – both dismissed by PJ Williams – 97
runs were on the board, Jake Hutson adding an unbeaten 43 to get Nomads
home with plenty of overs in hand, notwithstanding late wickets by Brown and
Beer. Horsham Captain Michael Thornely told the District Post: “We had a
tough day against a strong team at Nomads, I think they’ll be competing for
the title at the end of the season and there is no shame in being beaten by a
side like that. We won our first game handsomely, so that’s one out of two so
far, against two strong sides – not a bad start, Eastbourne has certainly had it
tougher (see below). We need to improve our availability, but we have some
players coming back soon and I’m sure we’ll be able to field stronger sides in
the weeks to come and get some more wins under our belt. Staying positive,
we’re looking forward to the challenge of welcoming Middleton on Saturday –
that should be a good game and I hope we’ll be able to get a stronger side
out.” With Horsham 3rds and 4ths not playing, the second team lost at
Cricketfield Road on Saturday – chasing Felbridge & Sunnyside’s 207-9, Max
McAteer and Martin Haines both taking 3-20, Horsham were all out for 152,
Gerrard Weide scoring 53 in addition to his earlier wicket, and Callum Jones
making 35.
On Saturday Horsham’s home 50 overs a side match against Middleton starts
at 11.30 am, Middleton having won both of their matches to date. Meanwhile,
the shock of the day in last Saturday’s Premiership, came at the Saffrons,
where, in front of their home supporters, last year’s Premiership runner up
Eastbourne were shot out for a meagre 22 from just 12.1 overs, six batsmen
failing to score. Bowling unchanged, Matt Wood took 5-6 and former Sussex
pro Matt Machan 5-12 to add to his earlier unbeaten 138, his second

successive century. Sussex’s Delray Rawlins and Phil Salt also played for
Brighton, Salt scoring 51. Brighton won by 291 runs and it was perhaps just
as well that they batted first, preventing an exceptionally early finish.

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