Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Development XI 176-9 (40 overs), Horley Development XI 147 all out (39.3 overs), Surrey Trust League Tier Two Final, Normandy Cricket Club, Sunday 8 September. Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian won by 29 runs.
Horley were beaten by Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian in the final of the Surrey Trust League for the second successive year, falling short in their run-chase by 29 runs.
Trinity batted first and made 176 for nine from their 40 overs. Sam Remfry took three wickets for Horley, Guy Derham and Jordan Robins one each, but Trinity had wickets to spare in the last few overs which enabled them to hit out. Horley fielded well and got four run-outs, two from Matt Puttick and one each from Derham and Sam Remfry.
When Horley batted, Trinity’s bowling was tight and accurate and the batters got frustrated as they kept finding the fielders.
With a couple of their best batters from previous rounds of this competition unavailable for the final, Horley struggled to get any substantial partnerships going, with 45 for the seventh wicket from Sam Remfry and Aryan Patel the best they could manage. Sam Remfry top-scored for Horley with 35, batting at seven, his brother Ben got 19, Zack Collins 20 and Patel 19.
History was made at Horley Cricket Club this month when the club fielded a ladies’ team for the first time in its 227-year history.
Many of the pioneering players are mums of boys and girls from the club’s thriving colts’ section and, with a few training sessions behind them, led by skipper Martha Spalding they took on a much more experienced Outwood team in a pairs game and did themselves proud.
Horley were put in to bat in glorious sunshine, with all-rounder Zeta Hoskins scoring the historic first runs, and she was ably assisted by her opening partner Jaymini Patel.
A sterling effort from Cathy Girling and top-scorer Lauren Waddington – comfortably the most experienced Horley player - moved the score on.
A wag of the tail from Madeleine Richards and Niki Smith later on set Outwood a total of 256 to win.
Horley under-12s player Aidan Spalding guested for Outwood as an opener and top-scored for the visitors, despite being troubled early on by the bowling of Lisa Richards. A wicket from Cheryl Douglas off her first ball, two wickets from captain Martha Spalding and a wicket from Sarah Robinson gave Horley hope of an upset.
All-rounder Georgina Mutton impressed, looking anything but sheepish with ball in hand, conceding only three runs in her bowling spell, as well as taking a fine catch and scoring a confident 11 runs with the bat.
Finally, Nihara Cook, also guesting for Outwood, edged Outwood to victory, before both teams shared a celebratory glass or two of bubbly to mark the historic occasion.
Horley Under-17s 146-3 (20 overs), Lingfield Under-17s 129-6 (20 overs), East Surrey Colts League Under-17s Cup Final, Tuesday 3 September, Horley Row. Horley won by 17 runs.
Horley Under-17s won the East Surrey Colts League Cup final, beating local rivals Lingfield by 17 runs.
Lingfield put Horley in but only managed to take three wickets. An opening partnership of 49 by Aryan Patel and Christian Kelly set the home side up nicely and after Patel was bowled on 28, Kelly and Ben Remfry shared a terrific partnership of 91 for the second wicket.
Remfry finally fell on 56 and Kelly followed soon after for 40, but Horley had set an excellent total of 146 in their 20 overs and were in the driving seat.
Freddie Holland struck early in Lingfield’s reply to remove one of the openers but Lingfield batted well and kept up with the required run-rate for a good proportion of the innings. When Zack Collins joined the attack, Horley regained the upper hand, as he took two for nine in two overs, removing Lingfield’s top-scorer Tyler Robertshaw for 48.
Remfry, Ben Cooper and Ben Payne took one wicket each and Patel bowled three overs for 11 runs to help peg Lingfield back to a total of 129 from their 20 overs.
Horley Under-15s 109-7 (20 overs), Lingfield Under-15s 110-4 (15.1 overs), ESCL Under-15s League Cup Final, Sunday 1 September, Lingfield CC.
Horley were well-beaten in the Under-15s League Cup final at Lingfield, as the hosts matched Horley’s target with 4.5 overs to spare.
Horley made 109 for seven from their 20 overs, with Joe Willis leading the way, retiring on 52 not out. The middle and lower order couldn’t match his scoring rate against good bowling and Horley knew their total might not test Lingfield.
Jude Powell took an early wicket to give Horley hope, but Lingfield’s second wicket partnership made 76 in good time before Aryan Patel bowled Oscar Ford for 34. Zack Collins picked up two wickets in an over, but Horley, having dropped a couple of catches, couldn’t stop Lingfield cruising to the win.
Horley put out two Sunday Strollers teams on the same day and beat Ifield by 67 runs, but lost at Balcombe by 33 runs.
At Ifield, the Strollers made 216-1 from 40 overs with Danyal Razzaq hitting 87 not out, Andrew Longley retiring on 52 and George Heise making 43 not out.
Colin Terry was the star turn with the ball, picking up five wickets for 16 runs in 5.2 overs, including a hat-trick, as Ifield were bowled out for 149. Tyler Nevill took three wickets.
At Balcombe, the hosts made 204 for seven from their 40 overs. Callum Tester took three wickets for Horley, Evan Grimwood two and Craig Macfarlane one, with Alex Field getting a direct-hit run-out.
Grimwood top-scored in Horley’s reply, the 13-year-old making an excellent 56 – his first senior 50 for Horley - while Kieran Childs got 41 and Field 24. Cameron Bennett, playing his first-ever match, scored seven.
Horley Development XI 159-6 (34 overs), Spencer 156 all out (38.4 overs), Surrey Trust League Tier Two semi-final, Sunday, 1 September, Horley Row.
Horley’s Development team have reached the final of the Surrey Trust League for the third year on the trot and will hope it is third time lucky next Sunday after losing in 2011 and 2018.
They won Sunday’s semi-final with a terrific all-round performance, bowling Spencer out for 156 in 38.4 overs and chasing down the target in 34 overs to win by four wickets.
Sam Remfry took three wickets for 21, Ben Davies two for 24, Jon Barnett two for 37 and Matt Gainsford one for 23, while colts Kaine Stephens and Aryan Patel both got a run-out.
Charlie Robins also put in a notable bowling performance, conceding just six runs in his seven overs to stop Spencer making a good start.
In Horley’s reply, Davies top-scored with 47, Gainsford got 31 and Ben Remfry 21.
Horley will play Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian in next Sunday’s final.
Horley 1st XI 82 all out (36.2 overs), Shepperton 1st XI 83-2 (20.2 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 31 August, Horley Row. Horley lost by eight wickets.
Horley Cricket Club 1st XI secured promotion to the Surrey County League Premier Division despite a heavy defeat in their final league match of the season.
Sitting in second place in the table before the game, nine points ahead of third-placed Putney, Horley were skittled out for 82 by Shepperton and were unable to return the favour, as their visitors made 83-2 to win the game. Horley then had to endure a long wait to find out Putney’s result and, to their delight, when the news came through during the evening it was good, as Putney had picked up just six bonus points in a loss to bottom-placed Old Tenisonians, so Horley had hung on to the second promotion spot behind champions London Gymkhana.
This was Horley’s second season in Division One, having been promoted at the end of 2017 after three seasons in Division Two. They won six of their first seven matches this year then went off the boil a bit with three draws mid-season and only two wins out of their last five games.
Nevertheless, skipper Charlie Robins was obviously delighted they had secured promotion.
“After we lost the last match, when we thought we might have blown our chance of going up, we were saying to each other that to finish third would be all right – we would have been happy with that at the start of the season.
“But, after the way we started the season, we had hopes, and so we are buzzing to be going up.
“Anybody can beat anybody in this league – all the top teams lost their last match and all the bottom teams won.”
Horley’s second team had already sealed the County League 2nd XI Division One title with a match to spare, and with their T20 team finishing as losing finalists, it has been an extremely successful season for the club. They expect life in the Premier Division to be tougher still, but Robins said: “Our team is really young – the average age is about 25, so we can get better.”
Horley Under-13s in the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival
Horley Under-13s had to play some tough fixtures in last week’s Sussex Festival, with matches against last year’s finalists Horsham and Cuckfield and a very strong Lingfield team.
The boys performed superbly, drawing with Horsham on Tuesday in the first match but coming so close to a win with only two runs needed off the last ball (Horsham 167-9 declared, 32.5 overs, Horley 166-8, 37 overs).
Highlights included a hat-trick from Evan Grimwood in a four-wicket haul, plus brilliant bowling from fellow paceman Edward James with three wickets of his own. Ben Ware batted at number four on his Horley debut and made a masterly 80 not out with a mixture of big hitting and sound defence.
Cuckfield came to Horley Row on Thursday and batted first, building a big total even though Horley got their strongest batsman out relatively early, the brilliant catch at mid-wicket by Jack Love giving them the start they hoped for.
Cuckfield eventually declared on 217 and left Horley 39 overs to try and beat it. Horley skipper Harry Grimwood hit a majestic 90, bravely batting on with a foot injury and came so close to bringing Horley the victory they wanted. In the end an exciting finish saw another drawn game, with Joe English and Jack Love surviving the last over surrounded by the Cuckfield fielders, seeking the elusive last wicket, as Horley finished on 203-9.
Lingfield away on Friday ended with the game being abandoned due to rain, but only after Love made headlines again with his first ever half-century, hitting a quick-fire 60 in response to Lingfield's 170 all out. Under-11 player Aidan Spalding took two wickets and Tim Holt only gave away one run in his speedy three-over spell. At 84-2 when the rain stopped play, Horley were in a strong position but the win they so richly deserved over the three matches proved elusive.
Horley Under-14s – Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Under-14s Shield
Horley Under-14s batsman Harry Grimwood scored his first century during an exciting Sussex Junior Cricket Festival week, making 112 not out at Barns Green.
The Horley team did themselves proud against four strong opponents in the Shield competition, winning one game, losing one and securing two losing draws to end up mid-table.
Harry Grimwood made 86 not out in the win over Burgess Hill (Burgess Hill 194-8 from 42 overs, Horley 198-9, 34 overs) and 61 in the draw with Lindfield (Lindfield 260-6, 35 overs, Horley 152-8, 45 overs) before finishing the week in style with 112 not out (18 fours) in the defeat at Barns Green (Horley 230-2, 42 overs, Barns Green 231-7, 38 overs).
He made his century in partnership with Evan Grimwood (no relation) who scored 78 not out in an incredible unbeaten third-wicket stand of 201. Evan Grimwood had retired hurt in the first losing draw of the week at Ansty (Ansty 262-4, 35.2 overs, Horley 204-8, 44 overs) after being hit in the chest while batting, so to come back and make 17 against Lindfield then 78 at Barns Green was fantastic.
Horley had looked like starting the week with a defeat at Ansty after conceding 262 runs, but under-12s player Luke Smith batted superbly to make his first half-century and finished on 80 not out. He faced 123 balls to see Horley home for the draw, with another under-12s player, Ryan Bunn, making 16 from 35 balls.
Horley’s team was bolstered for the week by three Newdigate players – Oliver Brien, Henry Wells and Thomas Clark – and they all contributed well. Brien took two wickets and two catches, Clark one catch and a run-out, and Wells a wicket, a catch plus 19 and 13 with the bat.
After beating Burgess Hill in their second match, Horley had to work hard to bat out a draw versus Lindfield after conceding 260 runs. Harry Grimwood, Evan Grimwood (17) and Smith (24) all contributed before Bunn stubbornly faced 35 balls for one run while three partners came and went, and saw Horley home.
The Grimwoods’ batting was the headline from Friday’s loss at Barns Green, but two under-11s players, Ali Khan and Henry Grimwood took a wicket each and Alex Field got a direct-hit run-out off the first ball and took two wickets.
During the week, Edward James bowled well to take three wickets, Ben Stewart took two and a catch, Bailey Warren one wicket and two catches, Tommy McKenna a wicket and a direct-hit run-out and Joe English one wicket.
Horley 2nd XI 165-8 (45 overs), Shepperton 2nd XI 102 all out (37.4 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 24 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 63 runs.
Horley 2nd XI fulfilled their season’s target by winning the Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One title thanks to a 63-run victory over Shepperton 2nd XI.
Horley are an astonishing 45 points clear of the second-placed side, London Gymkhana, with a game still to play and have lost just one league match out of 15.
The triumphant skipper, Darren Croft, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who has played, be it in one game or every game. It has been an amazing season for Horley Cricket Club, showing that with hard work, team ethic, dedication, support and commitment you can achieve anything.
“Andrew Thomas has done a great job behind the stumps as wicket keeper and scored his first hundred this year, Andrew Burbidge has done a great job with the bat and scored two league hundreds, Chris Cosham has been outstanding with his bowling, taking his personal best 8 for 53.
“A massive thank you to everyone involved, especially the colts that have played for the 2nds, Aryan Patel, Zack Collins, Christian Kelly and Alex Field - all of them have stood up and done a fantastic job in senior cricket.”
In the title-clinching match, Shepperton put Horley in and the hosts made 165 for eight from 45 overs, with Lewis Tomkins top-scoring on 57, Matt Gainsford making 24, Stewart Warren 22 and Josh Mason 21.
Horley then bowled Shepperton out for 102. Matt Puttick (22-2) removed both openers while Cosham (24-4) dismissed batters three to six - two bowled, one lbw and one caught by Fizul Nadir - as well as taking two catches.
Skipper Croft took three wickets and Andrew Burbidge joined the attack and took the final wicket with his fourth ball to secure the league title for Horley.
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