Caribbean cricket comes to Horsham

There was a fantastic atmosphere at Horsham CC on Sunday when a touring team from Barbados came to town. Photo by Dave Hinkley

The weather was perfect – the best of the summer – and the club was filled with happy spectators, flight attendant Hugh Waller told the County Times he had welcomed more than 200 visiting cars.

Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner – who played 156 internationals and was a Somerset regular alongside Ian Botham and Viv Richards – was delighted to be at the club.

The two-meter Garner – known as the Big Bird – suffered a devastating 5-4 spell and twice scored a hat-trick against England in the 1979 World Cup.

He told the County Times, “When a batsman was on the other end of the wicket he was my enemy, but off the court he was my friend!

Former England players Monte Lynch and Neal Radford were also on the pitch, along with current Sussex captain Tom Haines and fellow County colleague Will Beer, both of whom graduated via Horsham’s treadmill of talented cricketers.

In the match, which brought the curtain down on cricket at Horsham for this season, Barbados posted 161-8 on 25 overs, which Horsham chased in their 22nd, thanks to a spectacular 60 from Carlos Maynard, at the following his recent car accident. 50 for Horsham Thursday XI.

Horsham Cricket Club’s impeccable track record of running Red Letter Days was fully endorsed by Caribbean organizer Winston Weekes, who was enthusiastic: “We love it here – and we will be back!”

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