Roffey play down Sussex League title talk

JPCT 02-06-12 S12230708A    Cricket. Roffey v Horsham. 'Abdul Khan bowler  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 02-06-12 S12230708A Cricket. Roffey v Horsham. 'Abdul Khan bowler -photo by Steve Cobb

Roffey CC captain Mike Norris believes it is too early for his side to be considered among Sussex Premier League title favourites.

Norris’ men went second in the table behind Hastings with a convincing defeat of an under-strength Horsham, and with their town rivals, as well as observers on Saturday, tipping them as challengers, Roffey are keen to maintain their learning curve.

Norris said: “It’s too early to call. It’s only our second year (since promotion) and we are still learning. It’s a big step up for a lot of us.

“For Horsham to say that about us is a big thing, but I’m sure they will be up there again and want to go one better than last season (runners-up to Hastings).

“Any improvement on last year and a fifth place finish would be a good season.”

After two defeats to Horsham in their Premier League debut season, the feeling of relief was palpable as the home side chased down 250 to complete a three wicket win.

Chris Plaister (60) and Josh Fleming (98) laid the platform before Michael Munday put them in a spin with five wickets.

“We made it harder than we should have dome,” Norris said. “Josh (Fleming) and CP (Plaister) set us up and it should have been a more comfortable win than we made it but that’s us.

“I thought we bowled well up front, that’s the first time this year we have kept it under 100 inside ten overs let alone 20.

“Horsham they grafted really well and TJ (Tom Johnson) batted really well. We thought we were going pretty well, but he came in and it shows their quality and how much depth you need in the Premier.

“It is a mental thing as well, last year we played so well at home and for them to beat us twice and up here does knock you back a bit, it’s good to get one over them.”