Horsham crowned Sussex Cup champions

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HORSHAM won the Gray Nicholls Sussex T20 Cup for the 12th time on Sunday when they beat Bexhill by just four runs.

In a thrilling finish Bexhill needed 16 to win off the final over to beat Horsham’s 119-8.

It went down to the wire with the East Sussex club wanting a six to win off the final ball bowled by fast bowler Devon Endersby. Batsman Tim Hambridge just took a single, meaning Horsham had successfully defended a relatively low total.

Captain Craig Gallagher praised his bowlers and fielding for getting them the win after he had top scored with the bat with just 22.

He said: “I would have preferred to get 160 or 170 but I believed with the bowling and fielding we have got we would win as we are really good at defending totals.

“Will Beer and Michael Munday took the pace off the ball and made us hard to put away and at the top Devon Endersby and Owain Jones did OK as well. It was a fantastic team effort.

“We kept losing wickets and weren’t building partnerships at all. But it’s not all about taking wickets, it’s a bonus. If you keep it tight you win the game and on a quick wicket too. This is our competition with 12 victories.

Spinners Beer and Munday took 1-19 and 2-24 respectively from their four over spells and opening bowlers Jones and Endersby took 2-17 and 0-19 to keep Behill behind Horsham for most of the game, despite a Man of the Match winning 65 by Bexhill opener Malcolm Johnson hit off 68 balls, which included a six and four fours.

The victory rounded off a great week for Horsham who alwso stormed to the top of the Sussex Premier League after beating leaders Preston Nomads.

Gallagher added: “It was a fantastic weekend and again a great team performance, with everyone chipping in. We now have a crucial two weeks where we play three matches and if win three it puts us in a good position to do the double!”