Opening win delights Horsham skipper

James Johnson batting for Horsham in their opening win against Eastbourne. First day of the 2012 cricket season.

James Johnson batting for Horsham in their opening win against Eastbourne. First day of the 2012 cricket season.

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CRAIG GALLAGHER believes his Horsham side are a match for anyone in the Sussex League when everything clicks into place as it did on Saturday.

While every other game, bar one in the league’s opening weekend was washed out, Horsham’s game at Eastbourne survived, and Gallagher’s men battled through chilly conditions to begin their campaign with a maximum 30-point victory.

“Fair play to Eastbourne because our wickets was nowhere near ready while theirs was fine apart from a couple of wet parts of the outfield,” Gallagher said.

“We had cups of tea at drinks and everyone was scrambling for the hand warmers, and a few were wearing beanie hats while fielding.

“It was proper cold but in the end it was all worthwhile. The performance was very good, especially considering it was our first game of the season and the first time we’ve managed to play on grass this season.”

And he added: “When we play like that I think we’re as good as anybody in this league.”

A first wicket stand of 76 from openers John Burroughs and James Johnson laid the foundations and Sussex ace Will Beer came in at three to top score with 69 as Horsham reached 214-6 from their 53 overs.

Two early wickets from Dev Endersby ensured the Eastbourne replay never really got going and spinner Michael Munday was the pick of a fine bowling display, taking 4-24 as the hosts crashed to 93 all out giving Horsham a 121-run victory to kick their season off in style.

Pictured is James Johnson, who opened the bat for Horsham with 55.