Nash targets Sussex success in Horsham

Sussex will play Derbyshire and Sussex at Horsham
Sussex will play Derbyshire and Sussex at Horsham

Horsham Cricket Club welcomes top class cricket to the town again for what could be an emotional week as Sussex face Derbyshire and Surrey.

The Horsham Festival of Cricket kicks off on Wednesday (June 6) with the four day County Championship match against neighbours Surrey, and culminates on Sunday June 10 with a CB40 clash against Derbyshire Eagles.

And Sussex batsman Chris Nash, who grew up playing his cricket at Horsham, says a win in either match would be a fitting tribute to the much-loved Chris Hoskins. Chris, known among the Horsham sports community as ‘Hotshot’ passed away this month after a short illness, aged 49. He was a popular figure at Horsham Cricket Club, with whom his association spanned 30-years, including the re-vitalisation of the Sunday XI. Chris was on the ground staff during the Festival and was also the first team manager at Horsham Rugby Club.

Nash said: “The festival will never be the same without him.

“He was a good friend and it has hit everyone hard. Chris was hugely popular, you could see that from the turnout at his funeral. “Hopefully we can put on a good show and I can get some runs for him.” Sussex suffered their second loss of the County Championship season at Hove against Nottinghamshire last week, but Nash is confident on a pitch he has played on since he was six.

He added: “They are the most competitive domestic competitions in the world.”