Young Horsham duo hit centuries in high-scoring draw

Ben Shoare was one of two Horsham batsmen to make a century on Saturday
Ben Shoare was one of two Horsham batsmen to make a century on Saturday

Big hitting youngsters Ben Shoare and Tom Haines both smashed centuries as Horsham were held in a high-scoring draw at Cuckfield.

Opener Shoare, 19, smashed 133 from 180 balls with 17 fours and three sixes, before Sussex’s Haines, 16, added an unbeaten 101 as the visitors won the toss and opted to bat.

They were the main contributors as Horsham closed on 284-5 in their 58 overs.

But they then failed to bowl out their Cuckfield counterparts who ended the day 78 short of victory with 207 for the loss of seven wickets.

With captain Sam Attfield carrying a slight knocking and in action at home for the second team, Horsham vice captain James Johnson led the side and said: “It was a difficult pitch which didn’t provide much for either the batters or bowlers.

“The future is looking bright though as two of our youngest players, Tom Haines and Ben Shoare both gained their first Premier League centuries.

“In hindsight we should have declared earlier - if we’d had more bowling time we would have had a better chance of winning the game.

“Fair play to Cuckfield: they stayed in for a draw which they have been doing to a few sides this season.”

A second-wicket stand between Shoare and Haines helped Horsham from 24-1 to 240-2. Will Beer (14) and Haines then added 34 between them for the third wicket to help Horsham to a huge total.

Kevin Stoute (2-27) had Steffan Piolet caught early, but Chris Mole (72) and Dom Sear (31) took the score to 117-3, before Michael Munday (4-72) claimed them both.

Wickets then fell around Roston Chase (51) and when he was out with the score on 175-6, Cuckfield shut up shop to settle for the draw.

Johnson added: “They’ve got a good spinner in Josh Hayward but he didn’t perform very well. We batted almost perfectly and I can’t really fault anyone. We got a few early wickets which they didn’t.

“We were very happy with the way everyone played and we hope to take that form into our game this Saturday when we are at home to East Grinstead.”