Horsham provides a ‘cracking’ venue as Barmy Army bowl in

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The Barmy Army founder Paul Burnham described Horsham as a cracking venue for their supporters group’s successful charity T20 match on Friday night.

Former Sussex captain Chris Adams and daughter Georgia, who plays for Sussex and England, both featured for the touring Barmy Army side who beat a Horsham XI in front of a healthy crowd.

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club     Pictures by Clare Turnbull

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club Pictures by Clare Turnbull

Billy ‘The Trumpet’ Cooper provided the backing music for the match with many well-known interludes, while there was also a trick shot show from Rob Brown in a night to raise money for the Lord’s Taverners and coinciding with the Army’s 20th anniversary.

Horsham’s mixed XI posted 162-7 batting first, which was chased down with 163-4, before the evening concluded with a raffle and Q&A session with Adams and Holly Colvin.

Burnham said: “We are working together trying to raise awareness for the Lord’s Taverners and what they do and let everybody know the Barmy Army have been here for 20 years and we are not going anywhere.

“We are still here and getting stronger and stronger and supporting the team and getting louder and louder.

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club

“This is the fourth cricket game, we have had one in Durham, one in Somerset and one in Middlesex. This is the biggest one yet by far so far.

“Horsham is a cracking ground to be able to come and play cricket, ex-Sussex captain Chris Adams has volunteered and is playing for the Barmy Army which is great.

“We are having a great time and Horsham has been unbelievable, we have almost 200 people here, we are raising some money and had a great trick-shot show.

“It’s all about raising money for the Taverners - we all know what they do in giving a sporting chance to disadvantaged and disabled kids so it’s a pleasure to be here.”

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club

Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club

Amongst the Barmy Army ranks was one imposter, Wisborough Green Australian overseas Nick Baron featured and scored a half century in their run chase.

Burnham added: “You always need at least one foreigner in an England team, although this current one doesn’t seem to have that. Maybe we have been missing that.

“We are all just having a bit of fun, the Barmy Army is not just about supporting English cricket, but one Aussie is enough, we can always have one!”

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Barmy Army charity match at Horsham Cricket Club

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