‘Worst performance of the season’ but Roffey are one win from glory

JPCT 230814 S14350353x Cricket, Sussex League Premier Division - Roffey v Horsham. Roffey batting  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140826-091436001
JPCT 230814 S14350353x Cricket, Sussex League Premier Division - Roffey v Horsham. Roffey batting -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140826-091436001

Defeat to Horsham was Roffey’s ‘worst performance of the season’ according to captain Josh Fleming, but a win at the weekend will still seal the premier division title.

Preston Nomads and East Grinstead, sitting second and third in the table, also lost on a dramatic day of cricket, meaning the title is still in Roffey’s hands.

And the trophy could be won this weekend if they can see off Nomads in a title showdown that promises to be highly competitive.

Fleming said: “Saturday was a bit of a disaster, we had a really bad day.

“They played well and bowled well but we didn’t bat well at all - it was our worst performance of the season. I am pretty gutted.

“We don’t mind losing but as long as we give a good account of ourselves, and we didn’t do that - we were awful.Travis (Muller) and (Michael) Munday bowled really well but we just weren’t good enough.”

Tensions were somewhat spared as news trickled through that Nomads faced an uphill task against Brighton and Hove.

Fleming said a title win would be ‘huge’ for the club.

He said: “I knew Brighton had 270 at half time so it was going to be really tough for Nomads. It helped us out but we were so gutted that we weren’t celebrating them losing at the time.

“It would be huge, the biggest achievement in the club’s history.”

Horsham now sit a respectable fourth in the league and can boast local bragging rights after the derby win - their second over Roffey this season.

Roffey won the toss and elected to bat, but the decision instantly backfired as captain Fleming and Mike Norris were both dismissed, giving Roffey a mountain to climb at 0-2.

Muller bowled the top four of the line-up and finished with strong figures of 4-39.

After the slow start, Roffey recovered to 91-5 but swiftly collapsed to 106-8.

Rohit Jagota top scored with 35, but Munday ripped out the tail with 5-21 leaving Roffey 115 all out.

In reply, Kuldeep Rawat struck three times early on leaving Horsham 65-3 and giving Roffey a glimmer of hope.

But Will Beer produced a fine innings, hitting 47 from 47 balls, and James Johnson’s unbeaten 18 saw Horsham home in just 27.3 overs.

Roffey need just six points from their clash with Nomads to seal a historic title triumph.