Horsham snap up Three Bridges blaster Ul-Haq

JPCT 150511 Cricket. Horsham v Three Bridges.  H. Ul-Haq -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 150511 Cricket. Horsham v Three Bridges. H. Ul-Haq -photo by steve cobb

HORSHAM have swooped in to sign explosive all-rounder Hisam Ul-Haq from local rivals Three Bridges.

The big-hitting top order batsman and right arm fast bowler was Bridges’ stand-out performer in an otherwise miserable season which saw them finish bottom of the table and relegated.

Ul-Haq was both the leading wicket-taker for the first team with 28 wickets and top batsman with 776 runs.

Horsham skipper Craig Gallagher was delighted to add the talented 21 year old to his ranks. He said: “I know he had been approached by a few other clubs, including Roffey and some others so we’re glad to get him here.

“He was Bridges top wicket-taker and their player of the year so he’s a top or middle order batsman and a very good bowler as well so it’s a great signing for the team.”

The major signing goes some way to making up for problems the club has had in capturing an overseas player. Horsham were confident of bringing over another New Zealander in Willie Lonsdale, with the deal all but done before the player asked if he could bring his girlfriend over with him.

“He was exactly what we are looking for,” Gallagher said. “An opening bowler and middle order batsman, in his mid 20s so without any bowling restrictions and a pro of five years at Canterbury.

“We’d been working on it since before Christmas and everything was arranged, a place for him to stay, coaching with John Whitehouse. Because he had approached us we were confident of getting him, but then his circumstances changed suddenly and we were not able to meet all his requirements.”

Horsham will now attempt to use their contacts in Australia to find a replacement, although Gallagher stressed if the right player could not be found they would go without rather then take a punt.