Local bragging rights went the way of Horsham on Saturday as John Burroughs cracked a century and their new overseas Kevin Stoute made in immediate impact.
They ended Roffey’s rampant run of five straight wins with a five-wicket triumph.
Barbadian Stoute, who arrived on the morning of the game grabbed 4-59 as the hosts put their rivals in to bat and dismissed them for 189 in 51.1 overs.
Mike Norris hit 42 and Rohit Jagota 28 to put them at 130-4, with visiting skipper Josh Fleming feeling that 230 would have been a par score to push on to.
A solitary 42 from Ben Manenti, however, was the only other score of note and they were all out for under 200.
Mike Munday claimed 3-37 with the ball and Jonathan Whiting took 2-34.
In reply, Ben Shoare opened up with 22 as he and Burroughs enjoyed an opening stand of 44.
Burroughs went on to notch his first major score of the season with 100 from 177 balls.
A few wickets fell around him with Stoute making 14, and, after the batsman had his ton, he was caught by Jagota off the bowling of Dan Smith (2-52).
By that time, Horsham were 186-5 and James Johnson (20*) guided them home with 190-5 in 48.5 overs.
Horsham skipper Sam Attfield said: “John’s was a much-needed. He did need a score and it came just at the right time. He’s been working hard on his batting and it was much deserved.
“It was a perfect weekend for us. It was something we knew we could do and we have the team to do, but it’s about having them all around and firing at once - which is exactly what we got.
“We might have been underdogs on performance, but that does not stand for much. We beat them twice last year and similarly the year before. It doesn’t matter too much especially in a local derby, it’s how up for it the players are really. We had a chat before the game and everything went to plan.
“Our new overseas Kevin Stoute bowled well and pretty quickly and with Nathan Roberts, both of them were able to build pressure from each end.
“That is a first for us this year and I am looking forward to that in the future.”
On the 29-year-old overseas who has made 41 First Class and eight T20 appearances for his country, Attfield added: “It’s was brilliant. He is a batsman and a bowler and has a professional attitude as well.
“He will be a much needed boost and is just what we have been looking for.”
Roffey skipper Josh Fleming said: “Saturday didn’t really go to plan. Credit to Horsham they played the better cricket on the day and deserved to win the game.
“It was a good toss for them to win and their opening bowlers exploited the conditions really well. The disappointing thing for us was nobody that got themselves in went on to make that match-winning innings.
“If we had taken a couple of early wickets we could have made some in-roads into them but it wasn’t to be. They are a good side and their overseas looks a good cricketer who will make a big difference for them.”
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