Sussex star Arif joins Horsham CC

JPMT 030412 Sussex County Cricket Club players, 2012. Naveed Arif Gondal. Photo by Derek Martin
JPMT 030412 Sussex County Cricket Club players, 2012. Naveed Arif Gondal. Photo by Derek Martin
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HORSHAM Cricket Club hope to have the services of Sussex bowler Naved Arif at their disposal for some of the forthcoming season.

The Pakistani seam bowler has been assigned to the Cricketfield Road club for the summer, and Horsham skipper Craig Gallagher says having him, even if only for a handful of Sussex League games will be a bonus.

“He was more of a one-day player last season but he played for Sussex against Surrey last week so he looks like being part of their county championships side,” Gallagher said.

“But we may get four or five games from him which will be a bonus.”

Arif is currently playing for Sussex in their County Championship match at Lancashire.

The capture of the left-arm bowler and batsman goes some way for making up for the disappointment of failing to land an overseas player.

A deal to bring Canterbury all-rounder Willie Lonsdale to the club fell through and efforts to use contacts in Australia have so far proved fruitless.

“I’d say at this stage it’s very unlikely we’ll get someone,” Gallagher admitted.

“We’re still on the look out and if someone does become available we’ll do everything we can to get them but I don’t think the chairman is up for it.”

Horsham are due to play their first friendly of the season this Saturday, but the game against Malden Wanderers looks set to be cancelled with Gallagher short on players with several still at University and playing schools cricket.

Horsham’s first competitive game is against Billingshurst in the National Knockout Cup on Sunday April 29.

Roffey are at Three Bridges on the same day, with the Sussex League season starting the following Saturday (May 5).