Horsham’s nets a boost to women’s cricket

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TEST MATCH Special favourite Christopher Martin-Jenkins officially opened Horsham CC’s new practice net facilities on Friday.

The new nets were installed at a price of £43,000 with grants coming from the ECB, Horsham District Council, West Sussex County Council, the Gatwick Area Trust, Barclays and Novartis.

Installed with the development of girls and women’s cricket in the Horsham district and across Sussex, the ceremony fittingly took place after some of the England’s leading female cricketers joined the club’s girls section for a net session.

Broadcaster and writer Martin-Jenkins has a long association with Horsham, both his sons played at Cricketfield Road as colts - with Robin going on to have a distinguished career for Sussex ahead of retirement last year.

And he took time out of his busy schedule as the 2011 president of the MCC, to perform the official opening duties.

“This is a wonderful occasion,” he remarked. “I cannot think of a more lovely setting than this, and it is so typically Horsham to see so many young boys and girls here.”