Title race all but over, Horsham skipper admits

Craig Gallagher has admitted his Horsham side need nothing short of a miracle now to snatch the Premier League title away from Preston Nomads.

Gallagher’s Horsham went into the weekend leading the way and did everything they could on Saturday by beating East Grinstead in a match reduced to a Twenty20 because of the overnight rain.

Under league rules they were awarded 16 points for the T20 win, but with Nomads getting a full game in against Eastbourne, and then comfortably beating the Sussex Development XI in their game in hand the following day to claim 58 out of the possible 60 points for the weekend they all but have the title wrapped up.

Nomads need just six points from their final game at current champions Hastings to wrestle back their title and Gallagher has all but accepted Horsham will have to settle for second place for a third year running.

“Unfortunately Nomads managed to get 28 points at Eastbourne, if they had of drawn it would have given us some chance, and they then did a good job in beating the Development side the next day.

“We did what we could, we were fairly close to getting a full game on but barring a miracle it will be second place again.”

The match against East Grinstead got underway at 2pm after the outfield had been soaked by heavy rain, and after a tough start having been put in Dev Endersby hit a superb 91 off 52 balls. His century stand with Rob Woolley (34) saw Horsham make 155-5 from their 20 overs and tight bowling then saw East Grinstead come up 25 runs short.

Horsham’s final game of the season is away at Brighton & Hove next Saturday.