Young Horsham side defeated in National Club Championship

A young Horsham side were knocked out of the ECB National Club Championship after a 53-run defeat at the hands of Banstead.

Although a disappointing loss, Horsham were able to some of the younger players a valuable ‘sample’ of first team cricket.

Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner

Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner

Banstead won the toss and elected to bat, and finished with a score of 253 for 5 (40 overs), whilst Horsham ended with 200 for 8.

Captain Michael Thornely said: “We've some young exciting players coming through and it's a great opportunity for one of them to step up and secure a regular 1's team spot.

“We gave some of them a chance to sample 1st team cricket and give them the opportunity to develop their games.

“We gave away quite a few extras and this resulted in a high run chase, which we were unable to get.

Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner

Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner

“Banstead were very organised and deserved the win.”

The defeat adds to a frustrating start of the season for Horsham, who opened their Sussex Cricket League Premier Division campaign with a 72-run away defeat against last season’s champions East Grinstead, before having their following game against Preston Nomads rained off after ten overs.

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Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner

Action from Sunday's game. Picture by Clive Turner