Michael Munday produced another sparkling display with the ball - but that wasn’t enough to stop Horsham falling to a shock defeat at Brighton & Hove.
The hosts started the day third-from-bottom in the table on just 98 points, but managed to pull off a surprise 49-run victory over the leaders.
Munday claimed 8-64 from 22.1 overs after Horsham won the toss and inserted Brighton, who posted 199 in 56.1 overs. But his heroics were in vein as it was an off-day with the bat for the Lions as they could only muster 150 in a disjointed reply.
A haul of 12 points did help their cause as they held onto top spot on the Premier Division.
It has changed the outlook, however, as local rivals and reigning champions Roffey are now breathing down their necks at the top.
They trail Horsham by just ten points, having made up a 54-point deficit which was present for much of June, and most importantly, still have their game against the Sussex Development XI in hand.
Brighton’s opener Bryce Hounsome scored 27 and number four Chris Grammer added 29 to take them to 109-5 as other wickets fell cheaply.
The hosts had the middle order to thank for boosting their score as Liam Windell (30), Christopher Atherton (26) and Guy Williamson (36) all contributed.
That helped the hosts to a more-than-competitive total, which the normally high-scoring Horsham couldn’t chase. They lost openers Sam Attfield (four) and Ollie Cross for a duck, before Tom Haines (39) and Michael Thornely (32) set about rebuilding the innings.
Both however were out with the score on 89-4 and as the wickets continued to fall, only Sam Cushing’s 44 gave the score any sort of respectability.
That, however, wasn’t enough as they closed with 150 in 43.3 overs, falling to their second successive defeat after last week’s disappointment at East Grinstead.
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