Roffey aim to put pressure on Horsham

JPCT 28-05-11 Cricket.  Roffey CC. Crawley Road, Horsham. Andrew McGorian  -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 28-05-11 Cricket. Roffey CC. Crawley Road, Horsham. Andrew McGorian -photo by steve cobb

THE MOST eagerly anticipated Sussex Cricket League match in recent years will see Roffey aim to topple Horsham on Saturday.

Premier League newcomers Roffey visit Cricketfield Road in what is the first ever league meeting between the two sides, and Mike Norris’ men are relishing their underdog status after a sparkling start to their debut season in the county’s top tier.

Roffey are fifth in the table, and have beaten Brighton and Eastbourne in an impressive first month - but Horsham have quietly gone about their business and sit second. Both sides enjoyed crushing wins on Saturday - Horsham by seven wickets against Chichester, and Roffey by nine at home to Eastbourne.

Roffey’s Simon Shivnarain said: “We cannot wait for it.

“The whole town is buzzing and all the guys at Roffey are planning a big day out.

“The pressure is all on Horsham. They are the number one team in the town, it’s all on them not on us.

“We will go out there and play our cricket the way we know how.”

Horsham, meanwhile, could welcome back all rounder Owain Jones, who has struggled with injury at the start of the season. And captain Craig Gallagher warned his side would under-estimate Roffey at their peril - while pointing out Horsham’s good form.

“It will be a big match and should be good for the town,” Gallagher remarked. “Roffey have played some tough games and come out with good results. We will not be taking them lightly and their overseas looks a decent player.

“Saturday’s result was the culmination of the squad’s efforts so far this year. We are really stepping up to the plate.

The boys really have given me 110 per cent every weekend, hopefully there is a bit left.”