Horsham hopeful weather won’t rain on Sussex’s parade

JPCT 06-06-12 S12231493A Horsham Cricket Club Cricketfield Rd. Match action from Sussex v Surrey, -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 06-06-12 S12231493A Horsham Cricket Club Cricketfield Rd. Match action from Sussex v Surrey, -photo by Steve Cobb

Horsham Cricket Club’s head groundsman Lawrence Gosling is braced for a busy week with more rain forecast for today and Friday.

Dark clouds hung over Cricketfield Road for most of the opening day of the Horsham Festival of Cricket, and though conditions were drizzly the large crowd who turned out were treated to a superb opening day as Sussex dismissed Surrey for 124..

The expertly prepared Horsham wicket offered plenty of bounce for Sussex to exploit but Gosling knows he and his team of ground staff will have a job keeping it in tip top condition. “The forecast isn’t looking too good for Thursday and Friday,” he said. “It would be good if it was nice and sunny but if there’s rain about we’re constantly ready.”

Preparations began around three weeks ago and the recent rain in the run up to festival week has left the track slightly damp. “You’re always a bit nervous when wickets fall quickly but I’ve been assured it was down to good swing bowling, good catching and some poor shots,” Gosling said. “Let’s hope it changes when Sussex come in to bat.”