Horsham ‘in the driving seat’ for title

HORSHAM Cricket Club go into this Saturday’s crunch match with Preston Nomads ‘in the box seat’ for the Premier League crown - but their skipper has warned there is still plenty of work yet to do.

While Horsham were enjoying a comfortable maximum-point win at Brighton on Saturday, defending champions Nomads were succumbing to a surprise defeat to Eastbourne, and the following day fellow title rivals Hastings dropped points in a draw with the Development XI making it a near perfect weekend for Craig Gallagher’s side.

“Nomads losing to Eastbourne was a really great result,” Gallagher said. “I heard at tea they had been bowled out for 140 but I didn’t tell any of my players because I didn’t want them to feel any extra pressure.

“At this stage of the season we had to pick up 30 points and hope a couple of results went our way and with the Development XI scraping a draw against Hastings (Sunday) that’s exactly what’s happened.”

It leaves Horsham with a 17 point gap above this weekend’s visitors Nomads and 18 points ahead of Hastings, who come to Cricketfield Road on the final weekend of the season.

Horsham can actually wrap up their first title since 2004 this Saturday on their home ground if they secure a big win and take 13 points more than Hastings, who host relegation threatended Pulborough.

Nomads, though are unlikely to relenquish their crownd without a fight having held it for three seasons but Gallagher is confident in his team’s ability having won five on the spin despite injuries to his first-choice seam attack.

He said: “It puts us really in the driving seat now and obviously our next game against Nomads is an absolute bum squeaker.

“It’s a game we’ll go into full of confidence, we took them right to the line when we played at their place and there’s no reason why we can’t get the full 30 points.

“Yes we’re in a great position, we’re in the box seat really but it’s by no means done and dusted, we have two massive games left and what we have to do is win them both.

“With the injuries we have had we’ve continued to play well and get results so on that basis I think we deserve to win the league but as I’ve said to my players there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Horsham should be at full strength for the game, which starts at 11.30am.