Gallagher: ‘We have good run-in’

JPCT 04-08-12 S123105856X  CRICKET: Horsham v Roffey at Cricketfield Rd. Roffey batting, green helmet, WEBB -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 04-08-12 S123105856X CRICKET: Horsham v Roffey at Cricketfield Rd. Roffey batting, green helmet, WEBB -photo by Steve Cobb

HORSHAM skipper Craig Gallagher reckons his side can still win the league but must be reliant upon other teams slipping up after they were beaten at home by local rivals Roffey.

The visitors dismissed Horsham for 166, just two runs short of victory with four overs left after Roffey had posted 167-9.

Gallagher said: “Sam Bell and Michael Munday did very well at the end but it should never have got to that stage. We failed in the top order who didn’t build any partnerships. You should never have to rely on your No.10 and 11.

They did excellently to give us the chance of winning. Michael Munday bowled very well - he’s just a wicket machine!

“John Burroughs put on a good partnership with Owain Jones (59 for the fourth wicket) but then we lost some wickets and it was a struggle. The run-rate never went away from us but we kept losing wickets.

“We thought if we could keep going we would win. We had a couple of really dodgy LBW decisions (Sam Attfield and John Burroughs) and I am disappointed to lose, especially to Roffey with the strength of our side.

“We have to pick ourselves up and have got to rely on other results now. But we can still win and have got a good run-in compared to Preston Nomads. We’ve got Chichester next week and the Sussex Academy on Sunday which two games we should be expected to win.”

Horsham will be without Burroughs through holiday but Rob Woolley will return from injury.

Jubilant Roffey captain Mike Norris reckoned they did well to win after suffering a maximum-point defeat seven days earlier. He said: “Our total of 167 was a bit below par. We got bogged down and gave wickets away which cost us. They bowled very well.

“Andrew McGorian worked really hard and bowled more than 20 overs on the bounce and Abdul Khan also took four wickets. Horsham never really looked like they would get out, such is their strength in depth they have in their squad.

“In years gone by we would have probably choked to lose but this time I thought we showed some real bottle. It was a top effort all-tound. Theo Rivers (54) grafted well and we needed him to stay in to win the match.

“To beat Horsham is a nice feeling, espcially after last year when they were so dominat over us. We showed character after last week’s defeat against Chichester and we were missing injured strike bowler Luke Barnard.”