Horsham CC captain Craig Gallagher admitted his side’s batting woes cost them the Sussex Premier League title.
Preston Nomads wrapped up the championship on Saturday after a comfortable defeat of Hastings, while Horsham, who needed a mximum points win at Brighton and a Nomads capitulation, were soundly beaten by Brighton.
At the start of the day, Nomads led by 25 points, and with a maximum of 30 points on offer for the win, Horsham were all but resigned to another second place finish, unless there was a remarkable turn of events at Hastings. The title was decided by tea as Nomads collected the five points they required by dismissing the hosts for 147.
Brighton meanwhile, were involved in a relegation scrap and it showed when Horsham produced a sub-standing batting display.
Skipper Craig Gallagher said: “No matter what was going on with Nomads we still wanted to win. And at half way I honestly thought we were going to. They (Brighton) just bowled really well and our batting performance summed up our performances over the season. It is something we are going to have to work on.”
The captain was the team’s highest run scorer with 393 in the league - ahead of Devon Endersby and John Burroughs.
“We hit a few loose shots and they were scrificial wickets really,” he commented. “It was not a brilliant batting display on our part.
“We need to strenghten the batting line up for next season
“None of us have scored more than 400 runs all season, if you are going to lok at winning title you need someone, or maybe two, who can score 500 runs or more a season.
“There has been no consistency in our batting at all.”