Jake Deoraj produced a man-of-the-match display as Horsham Trinity’s Sunday Second XI won the Robbie Divall trophy on a huge day for the club.
The seconds claimed a 64 run win against Lingfield to lift the Trophy, while on the same day the first XI travelled to Preston Nomads, where they were defeated by three wickets by Portslade in the Sussex Sunday Cup final.
In the Robbie Divall final, a match requiring five colts to be fielded, Trinity batted firston a slow wicket. Elliott Stanbridge (23) and skipper Dan Bland (43) staged a recovery from 39-3, before Dave Wilde’s quick-fire 18 and Deoraj added an unbeaten 22 as Trinity posted 174-8. Jack Waller and Jake Unwin collected three wickets each for Lingfield.
The Lingfield reply struggled to get going though, as Doeraj bowled a miserly spell and despite a fine 33 by Waller, Mitch Gadd sealed the victory with a superb yorker which dismissed Lingfield skipper Peter Batty.
Meanwhile, the grey and drizzly conditions meant the first Xi had to play a reduced 30-over natch.
Trinity were soon in trouble after being inserted, and struggled to 54-8 in the difficult conditions.
Nigel Smith and Luke Berriman produced a cameo partnership in the final ten overs to nudge Trinity up to a more respectable 88-9, with Portslade’s Luke Jones taking 4-10.
The Trinity support at Fulking were anticipating an early return home, but the bowling came out firing to reduce Portslade to 35-4.
Matt Miles and Smith were the pick of the Trinity attack, but a crucial contribution from Jones helped rescue the Portslade cause alongside Dan Holgate, and the pair guided their side to victory by three wickets with four overs to spare.