Horsham on brink of first Sussex crown for seven years

A REMARKABLE display of spin bowling saw Horsham comeback from looking ‘dead and buried’ to record a maximum point victory over Preston Nomads which tightens their grip on the league title.

Nomads were halfway to reviving their slim chances of defending their crown when they skittled the hosts out for just 133.

Horsham’s spinners though made the most of a turning wicket and favourable conditions to demolish Nomads batting order and take a 15-run victory to go 18 points clear at the top with one weekend to go.

Leg spinners Will Beer (4-38) and Michael Munday (4-19) were devastating with four wickets each – Munday with a crucial double wicket over when Nomads were six down – while stalwart off spinner Luke Marshall made an impact in his first match of the season with 2-30.

A delighted Horsham captain Craig Gallagher said: “Absolute credit to the guys today, we were dead and buried at half time.”

“I thought on that track as well 133 was never enough, especially against a side as good as Nomads.

“We said at half time let’s just get out there, be as positive as we can be and nick a couple of early wickets and try to get some momentum going.

“But credit to the guys, the spinners especially, they just stuck to their task and it was just a fantastic effort all round.”

Horsham’s final game next Saturday is against Hastings, the only side remaining who can mathematically still wrestle the title from them, but a draw will be enough for a first Premier League crown in seven years.