Horsham happy to rejoin the title race

HORSHAM skipper Craig Gallagher was delighted to get back to winning ways and rejoin a title race blown wide open over the weekend.

It was Gallagher’s typically explosive half century, backed up by a fine team bowling performance capped by Michael Munday’s five wicket haul which helped Horsham overcome East Grinstead by 65 runs.

And with both Hastings and Preston Nomads suffering shock wins it moved Horsham second and right back in the hunt for the Premier League title.

“(We’ve had) three frustrating draws recently so we came in today thinking it was important to get a win to keep our momentum going and to keep up pace with Nomads and Hastings if anything,” said Gallagher, who’s unbeaten 60 included five huge sixes.

“We were obviously conscious East Grinstead were only a few points behind us and knew it would be a tough game. And once our batting collapsed as normal we started to get a bit worried.”

Doubts over Horsham’s ability to mount a serious challenge for a title they last won in 2004 have surfaced in recent weeks and Gallagher said: “Those sort of questions start entering into your mind as well but I’m confident in the side we have, today as well we’ve come into it with hardly any bowling.”

But he acknowledged: “The middle order need to start performing a little better, we lost two or three quick wickets for not many runs and we need to be making 30s, 40s at least from four, five and six.

“But we bat all the way down, we batted down to ten today, Michael Munday even smashed a massive six.”

With opening pace bowler Matt Henry (3-20) again taking wickets along with both spinners Will Beer (2-30) and Munday (5-39), Gallagher is happy with his bowling variety as he looks ahead to the next few matches.

He added: “It’s a relief to get a win under our belts finally because we started off (our season) really well, had a bit of a lull with three draws so it just gets us up again and takes us well into the next few games which are going to be tough.”

Horsham are now just four points off leaders Hastings and one ahead of Nomads, but have played an extra game more.