HORSHAM skipper Craig Gallagher admitted his side let Preston Nomads off the hook in their Sussex Cricket League defeat on Saturday.
A disciplined bowling display had seen Horsham reduce Nomads to 108-8 on a true Cricketfield Road pitch, before ninth wicket pair Carl Simon cut loose with 41 off 61 balls and skipper Kashif Ibrahim added 24 to give their attack something to bowl at.
And unfortunately for Horsham, only Devon Endersby (37) and Will Beer (33) were able to make a serious dent in the target, as 16-year-old Ben Shaore was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
Rueful skipper Craig Gallagher said: “We looked at their team and with James Anyon and Joe Gatting playing for Sussex instead, we thought we had a shot.
“At 108-8 we should have closed it off and we should have been chasing 120.” Simon was dropped in the 30s to compound Horsham’s frustration as they were set a higher than desire target.
The loss of James Johnson for a duck was not in the script and although Beer and Endersby added 64, a mixture of poor shot selection and good bowling hurt the home side as they succumbed to 127 all out.
Gallagher added: “We had a bit of a tail, and even though we had plenty of time, it was a bit of an ask for nine, ten and 11 to get the last 60-65 runs, and if we had batted them out we would have won.
“We should have been in a position where 127 did the job.”