Roffey’s second attempt at history

ROFFEY aim to write themselves into the history books on Sunday as they take on Cambridge Granta for a place in the quarter finals of the ECB National Knockout Cup.

Their last-16 tie was washed out last weekend, so the two sides will try again on Sunday, when the Sussex Premier League club hopes to attract a large home support.

On the way to this stage they beat some quality sides including South London League club Spencer, Middlesex team Teddington and Kent outfit Blackheath.

President Peter Cheesman said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. There’s been a lot of interest as for the last two rounds we have been the last Sussex club left in the competition.

“We are anticipating 300 people to come. We had 150 to watch the Spencer game and despite the weather, a lot turned up to watch last weekend from all over the south of England, plus a lot more phoned the club to check if it was on.

“We tried to get it played as there was no surplus water on the field overnight and Cambridge travelled down. However drizzle fell at noon so we decided to go for a reduced overs game at 2pm, which was then scuppered when the heavens opened at 1.50pm.”

Reaching the last 16 is a great achievement for Roffey, who are playing in the Sussex Premier League for the first time having won promotion last season.

They only joined the league in 2001, so have risen quickly through the divisions.

And Peter puts that rapid rise down to the vibrant colts section which has provided the bedrock to the current first XI.

He said: “We had great coaches in Les Reed and Gary Whittington and they pulled in good youngsters to the club, many of whom have stayed through the years and are now in their early 20s. We have six players in our first team who have come up through the club.”

Opponents Cambridge play in the East Anglian Premier League and currently lie in midtable.

Roffey will be without medium pace bowler George Fleming who is on holiday as this was originally scheduled to be a blank week in their programme.

Roffey’s ground is on Crawley Road, Horsham, opposite Leechpool Lane. The action starts at 1pm.