Horsham planning to start strongly next season

Horsham CC V Roffey CC- horsham's Kevin Stoute  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150623-112423008
Horsham CC V Roffey CC- horsham's Kevin Stoute (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150623-112423008
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Horsham captain James Johnson says planning is already underway at the club for next season as they look to start much more strongly.

The number of people away at university and school meant that Horsham got the campaign off to a slow start.

They were languishing in the table at the midway stage, but some emerging talent and recruiting overseas Kevin Stoute has helped them turn the season around.

Next year, Johnson has said they want to start stronger and hope to have three seamers from the beginning of the season.

Johnson said: “We potentially should have a few players in for next year although nothing is tied down yet.

“We will start the season strong next year hopefully and we are looking to get that sorted now which will help. Kevin Stoute is hopefully coming back and Nathan (Roberts) has an English passport and has just got a job in London.

“George Garton has left school and should be around for the start of the season if he is not in Sussex’s first team. That is three decent seamers early doors that we have not had. It will make a difference.

“If everything goes to plan we should have it all in place.”

Horsham’s penultimate league game on Saturday ended with a washout at home to Cuckfield - with both sides taking 10 points each.

Cuckfield were 127-9 after 40 overs when they came off at 1.30pm and remained in the pavilion until 3.30pm when the game was abandoned.

Johnson said: “It was the right decision at the end of the day as we were never going to get a result in. It was pretty disappointing as it would have been nice to get back to winning ways.”

Horsham face second-placed East Grinstead on Saturday and could have a say in this year’s title race, but Johnson added: “It’s just another game for us. We will obviously look to beat East Grinstead, but won’t be paying much attention to who wins the league.”

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