‘We missed a great chance to beat the champions,’ laments Horsham skipper Craig

THERE was a strong sense of ‘what if’ for Horsham CC skipper Craig Gallagher after their drew with Preston Nomads on Saturday.

After posting a strong 236 all out - largely thanks to a knock of 96 from John Burroughs - Horsham had their illustious hosts 110-7 thanks to a devestating opening spell from Kiwi pace ace Matt Henry and three quick wickets from spinner Michael Munday.

But the defending champions lost just one more wicket to stay unbeaten this season, and despite the disappointment of not closing out the match skipper Gallagher - who added a crucial 46 from 41 balls - was pleased with his side’s effort.

“When you see the likes of Jimmy Anyon and Joe Gatting line up alongside Carl Simon you know it’s always going to be tough,” he said.

“So to get them to eight down was a good effort from the boys, it’s just a shame not to win because that’s as good a chance as any to beat them. That’s why they’re champions I suppose.”

Gallagher was also full of praise for opening batsman Burroughs, who has been in fine form since making the step up from Billingshurst at the start of the season, and 19 year old overseas fast bowler Henry, whose 5-62 took him to 26 wickets for the season