Cricket – Sussex Premier League – Saturday 23rd August 2014
Roffey 115 all out Horsham 116-4
Horsham won by 6 wickets
ROFFEY MULLERED BY MUNDAY
by Martin Read
Horsham’s voodoo spell over Roffey perpetuated with a comprehensive victory seriously denting title ambitions, albeit temporarily. This was Roffey’s fist loss at home this campaign and only their second of the season, both inflicted by their near neighbours. Winning the toss Roffey showed faith in their normally reliable batting on their productive home track, but soon regretted it. Travis Muller continued his habit of knocking over the openers by taking two wickets in the first over of the match before eliminating the next two batsmen and finishing with 4-39. Roffey had partially re-grouped, reaching 53-3 and then 91-4, but that was about as good as it got as they slumped to 106-8 in a flurry of injudicious strokes. Michael Munday, perennial scourge in these local derbies ran through the middle order with 5-21. Rohit Jagota got to 35 until a rush of blood left him stranded, stumped by Tom Johnson in a classic combination with Munday. Four other batsmen reached double figures, but none significantly enough. When tea was taken at 2.35 there was a marked difference in humour between the two camps, an air of gloom hanging over the hosts.
Roffey’s total, about half a par score, left their slim hopes resting on taking quick wickets – in numbers. They enjoyed early success and then reduced Horsham to 27-2, Kuldeep Rawat dismissing both openers on his way to 3-33. But with so few runs to chase Will Beer once again took Roffey to task, hitting six 4s and a six in his fluent 47. The game ended at 4.45 with almost 42 overs still available. Understandably delighted, Horsham captain Sam Attfield told the Disrict Post: “That was a very professional performance, just like when we played Roffey earlier in the season – we planned for this and achieved what we set out to do!” Conversely, after easily their worst showing of the season Roffey skipper Josh Fleming said: “If we bat like that we’re not going to win the league. We got clattered by the better side, it’s as simple as that.” Yet, although Roffey took only two points from the game, it could have been far worse – fortunately the other principal contenders for the title, Preston Nomads and East Grinstead both lost.