HORSHAM successfully defended 182 to beat Pulborough and keep hold of third place in the Sussex Premier League on Saturday.
On a difficult day for the batsmen, a 92 run stand between Horsham skipper Craig Gallagher and Will Beer proved the difference in the 75 run win against their newly promoted local rivals.
Pulborough, who had been skittled out for under 100 in each of the previous two weeks, were dismissed for 107 after a run chase which never really got going.
Gallagher said: “We thought if we could get to around 180 it would be worth 250 on this wicket.
“We toughed it out at the start, and the partnership between me and Will proved pivotal. Then we were always confident we could bowl them out and our bowlers stuck to their guns.”
Boro captain Rohit Jagota was left to rue another batting collapse, and admits he has still to find the right combinations in his line up, despite a promising cameo from George Holman (28). While with the ball, there were seven wickets for Kuldeep Rawat.
“There were positives in our bowling and fielding, and the way George batted,” Jagota said.