Historic stoolball match in Horsham

The historic stoolball match at Horsham CC. Picture by Clare Turnbull
The historic stoolball match at Horsham CC. Picture by Clare Turnbull

Horsham witnessed a piece of history on Sunday with the first stoolball match played on a national level.

An England XI took on a Presdient’s XI at Horsham Cricket Club - with the England side coming out on top by seven wickets.

Players selected for the ground-breaking match had been nominated by their leagues and counties (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and had attended a rigorous training programme the previous week watched by a panel of England selectors.

Horsham guirl Gill Hilliard led the way in the first innings as she posted 58 in a 71 run stand alongside Kent’s Emma Stanton. Another Horsham-basaed star, Sue Targett claimed two wickets as the president’s side posted 127-5.

In reply, England reached 154-5 as Sandra Gorringe (48) and Lucy Order (61) shared a 109 run fuorth wicket stand.

After a 40 minute lunchbreak, the President’s scored 147 with targett (2-27) and Alfold’s Julia Grout (2-25) among the wickets.

Set 121 to win, England made a slow start, scoring 38 off the first eight overs, as Winterfold’s Amanda Curry bowled a tight spell. But Targett was determined to shine on home turf and her unbeaten 58 secured the win in the penultimate over.

A match trophy produced by Cyril Roffe of Billingshurst was presented to the winners by Stoolball England President Shirley Reed, while all players and officials received a commemorative Stoolball England badge, and £350 was raised for Cancer Research and Help for Heroes.

Stoolball england’s John price said: “Never before in the 500 year history of the game of stoolball have teams played in a match at national level.”