Coach calls on businesses to get behind the annual festival

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Sussex County Cricket Club coach Mark Robinson had told the Horsham business community to back the Festival of Cricket to ensure it’s future.

The Hove-based county side enjoyed a successful week at Horsham and it is something Robinson and his players want to continue.

This year’s event was saved by an anonymous benefactor after it was set to be scrapped over cost issues and the Sussex boss doesn’t want the annual event to get into that situation again.

He said: “We’ve had sunshine, and we’ve got an excellent young groundsman here. It’s a venue with a fixture that needs supporting by the community, really.

“We’ve had a lot of people here which is fantastic, it just needs the business community to make this not under threat next year.

“From my point of view and the players’, we love coming to Horsham because we get well looked after.

“I come here on a Saturday morning sometimes with my daughter and I see how many kids play here, they produce potential players for Sussex, which has a bigger picture, so I’ll always put my two pennies in if it needs the community to get behind it as well.”

The club would like more support from local businesses to help guarantee the future of prestigious event which has been taking place in the town since 1908.

Robinson added: “The sunshine’s brought them out, which I don’t think is in doubt,

“I think what it needs is the business community to make sure it’s not under threat because obviously finances play a part nowadays don’t they, and we’re missing days of cricket at Hove which isn’t ideal as well.”

Two pages of pictures, reports and reaction in today’s West Sussex County Times.