Haines shows star quality as Horsham prove second best to Preston Nomads

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A vision of the future captivated spectators at Cricketfield Road when 14-year-old Tom Haines scored a half century in only his second ever first team appearance.

The Horsham colt and Sussex age-group player made 57 and made his claim to be a potential first class player in the making.

However despite his and some other good performances, Horsham finished on the losing side in an intriguing battle against leaders Preston Nomads.

The Brighton club beat Horsham by five wickets with 11 balls remaining to all but secure the Sussex Premier League title.

Nomads’ Sussex star Joe Gatting was my man of the match, staying in when wickets were falling at 35-4 to make an unbeaten 94.

He combined with Patrick Spencer (104) to accumulate a match-winning 184 for the fifth wicket.

This win in the top of the table clash opened up a 65-point lead and means Horsham slid down the table from second place to fourth.

John Burroughs topscored for Horsham with 78 hit off 149 balls which included nine boundaries.

He turned around a shakey start at 50-3 and shared in useful stands of 43 with captain Craig Gallagher in the middle of the innings of 77 for the fifth wicket with Haines, whose 57 included seven fours and a six.

Haines combined with Will Williams to add 53 for the sixth wicket, Williams hitting his 50 off just 34 balls.

The impressive displays were made against some quality bowling which included Sussex player Jimmy Anyon.