Horsham break their duck with big win at Bridges

 Martin Read – Sports Reporter

Horsham 196-7 (40 overs) – Three Bridges 133 all out (31.4 overs)

Horsham won by 63 runs

Horsham completed their first August Cup win in style, courtesy of an outstanding display by opening bowlers Jimmy Brehaut and Jake Martin

Winning the toss and batting first in blustery conditions buffeting the poplar trees, with the weather alternating between hot sun and almost autumn chill, Horsham lost an early wicket to an expansive swing, but recovered to 54-1, when opener Joe Willis departed for a previously untroubled 26. The used wicket was slow and Nick Oxley made a watchful 34, before, in the innings of the day, Sussex’s Will Beer made a classy 70 with 8 fours – by far the biggest individual contribution. At the half way 20 over mark, Horsham were 86-2 and needed to accelerate, Beer taking a liking to Danny Alderman’s bowling, until Oxley walked past one to be stumped, promptly followed by Ollie Haines, LBW playing across the line. But, Beer kept going in company with Paul Williams (18), both eventually being bowled with the score on 174, out to belligerent shots in the quest for quick runs, a late flurry from Sam Bell and Sam Martin-Jenkins, taking Horsham to a useful, but not killer 196.

Much depended on how well Horsham bowled, and skipper for the day Ben Williams was superbly served by his brisk left armer Brehaut and Martin, both, with rare blemishes, bowling admirably straight and full, and, crucially, moving the ball late. Twice on a hat trick, Bridges had little answer to Brehaut. Last season he took 4-22 at the ground, this time he ended with 4-36, while Martin – Will Beer’s cousin from Steyning – with his first wickets for Horsham, took

3-30. After reaching 14 without loss, Bridges staggered to 44-7, and while they then put on 62 for the eighth wicket, Luke Bellars top scoring with an unbeaten 41, they had far too much to do. Two late scalps from Ben Williams, getting occasional lift, seeing Horsham home by 63 runs. A smart diving catch from Beer sealed Bridge’s fate, after last week’s wicket keeper, Willis, had pouched another stunner on the boundary. Scorecard link –

Video highlights will be available on the Three Bridges You Tube feed.

Ben Williams said: “Ideally we’d have liked a few more runs, but in the end we had plenty – Jimmy and Jake bowled fantastically well.” Brehaut added: “It was so good bowling in partnership with Jake: he bowled brilliantly, enabling us to keep them under pressure and control the game”.

On Saturday, Horsham return home for their final group game, against Middleton

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