THE WAIT is very nearly over as final preparations take place ahead the annual Horsham Festival of Cricket which starts tomorrow.
The picturesque Cricketfield Road ground will once again play host to Sussex as they attempt to get their County Championship campaign back on track in a four-day match against Worcestershire, before facing the same side at the ground on the Sunday in the CB40.
Crowds of around 2,500 are expected to descend on the ground on each day of the County Championship match with 4,000 expected on the Sunday and Horsham Cricket Club is all set to put on another successful week of first-class cricket.
Richard Marshall, former chairman of selectors at Horsham said: “The advertising boards arrived this afternoon so it looks an absolute picture and everything is on course for the start tomorrow.
“The Sussex players came down to train today and they were pleased with everything. The pitch looks good and was to the satisfaction of the Sussex captain so we are all set for a successful festival.”
Murray Goodwin is doubtful following an injury in last night’s Friends Life t20 quarter-final so Lou Vincent comes into contention for a first LV=CC outing in Sussex colours, against his former side.
Luke Wright is still missing with a knee injury whilst Matt Prior is involved with the England side ahead of their Test Match with India at Edgbaston. Chris Nash is also in the England Lions One-Day squad.
The Sussex squad:
WA Adkin, Amjad Khan, JE Anyon, BC Brown (wkt), JS Gatting, MW Goodwin, EC Joyce, MS Panesar, WD Parnell, L Vincent, KO Wernars, LWP Wells, MH Yardy (c).
Tickets are available at the gate on each of the days, which starts tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am.
Keep checking the website for regular updates throughout the match.