‘Trojan’ Barry praised as Horsham charge down Boro and then Nomads loss boosts title challenge

JPCT 23-07-11 SC11300325a CRICKET Horsham v Pulborough Matt Barry bowling - photo by steve cobb
JPCT 23-07-11 SC11300325a CRICKET Horsham v Pulborough Matt Barry bowling - photo by steve cobb
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HORSHAM skipper reserved special praise for veteran seamer Matt Barry after he set them on the way to a commanding eight wicket win over local rivals Pulborough on Saturday.

Barry, making a rare start for the first team in the absence of three seam bowlers, bowled with typical consistency in one massive opening spell of more than 20 overs which saw him take four wickets.

Then half centuries from Will Beer and James Johnson saw Horsham ease to their 145 total in just 24 overs for an early finish.

Gallagher said: “Matt Barry has come in, taken a four-for and bowled really tidy, Sam Cushing gets three at the other end and did a really good job.

“Pulborough, coming off the result two weeks ago (a win at Preston Nomads) came into this game with confidence so to win as we did, I’m really pleased.

“He’s (Barry) just a Trojan isn’t he. He comes in, bowls 16 overs on the spin and he’s 41 now I think, but he just bowls tight lines. He’s just up and down, in the right spot and makes you play.

He added: “Sam (Cushing) has been a revelation all year and again he’s like Baz, he’s making the batsmen play and he bowled really well today. You’ll always get nine or ten good overs from him which is great and you’ve got the likes of Mike Munday and Beero to back them up.”

The result saw Boro slip back to second from bottom, but having recorded their first two wins back-to-back prior to Saturday their skipper Rohit Jagota was anything but downbeat.

He said: “We only batted for 40 odd overs, and again our top order didn’t perform again which we struggled with first half of the season.

“We are belonging in this league that’s why we’re here, it’s just batting consistency that’s all. We’ve still got five matches so let’s see.

“145 runs wasn’t enough on a track like Horsham. They bowled well and they batted well, good luck to them for the championships. It’s a good league this time, there are four, five teams struggling for relegation and three teams for the championship.”

After praising Beer and Johnson for making the chase a comfortable one he added: “It should be an entertaining finish. We play Chichester, Roffey and Brighton (all away), and then Nomads and Hastings here. I think from here on in we’ve got to be looking at winning the league.

“There’s no reason why after the last two results we’ve had with players missing, to be able to get a result again East Grinstead and now Pulborough, we’ve got to back ourselves to win the league. Nomads and Hastings have the Development game in hand, but they could cause an upset so we just have to make sure we do everything we can and that means 30 points each week.”

And Gallagher got his wish as the day after the Sussex Development XI dealt Nomads their second straight win to leave Horsham two points clear of the defending champions in second place, but still having played a game more.

Hastings stayed top with a win over Brighton. They are just four points clear of Horsham but like Nomads have a game in hand.