Youth given chance at Horsham

HOR 050610 Cricket.  Horsham v Cuckfield. Cricketfield Road. Sam Bell (horsham)  -photo by steve cobb
HOR 050610 Cricket. Horsham v Cuckfield. Cricketfield Road. Sam Bell (horsham) -photo by steve cobb

HORSHAM Cricket Club will be looking to youth in what skipper Craig Gallagher acknowledges will be a difficult Sussex Premier League season.

The departures of key figures Luke Marshall, Nark Nash, Alan Law and Michael Thornely means much of the responsibility this season, which starts tomorrow, will fall on younger players.

James Johnson, Devon Endersby and Owain Jones have all got first XI experience, and Gallagher admits Horsham will be putting a lot of faith in their ability.

Losing Marshall, who claimed 52 wickets in 2010, and Nash also means Horsham will be without a front line spinner this year if Will Beer is on Sussex duty more often than not.

Gallagher said: “I see it as a great opportunity for the likes of Owain and Devon to step up and work on their bowling,

“And it’s an opportunity for some younger players at the club to come in and get experience of the first team.

“It’s a different team to last year and I don’t think we will be pushing for the league.

“I would be happy with mid-table, I would be over the moon with that to be honest.

“If we stay up, that has to be the target.”