Horley Under-10s 308-6 (20 overs), Merstham Under-10s 288-2 (20 overs).Horley won by 20 runs.
With four new players in the team, Horley Under-10s started their league season with an excellent win at Merstham.
Horley were put in and there were some fine batting displays, in particular from Finley Jakins, Luke Benjamin, Ryan Smith and the newcomer Edward Rhodes who all scored double figures. Despite six well-taken wickets from Merstham, and an interruption when a passing dog took a liking to the cricket ball and didn’t want to return it, the score ticked away up to a respectable 308 at the end of the innings.
When Horley fielded, amazing teamwork and great positivity shone through. There was some fine bowling from Riley Hill, Thomas Hitchman and Jakins, while Smith took Horley’s two wickets. Brilliant fielding from Rhodes and Charlie Webber’s fantastic wicket-keeping restricted Merstham’s final score to 288.
Horley Under-11s 74 all out, Wimbledon Under-11s 69 all out. Horley won by five runs.
Horley Under-11s enjoyed a winning debut in the tough NEC League, which is a level higher than the ESC League they have played in until now.
Horley batted first with Wimbledon’s strike bowlers peppering Horley’s openers with pace and taking the first three wickets with only nine runs on the board.
Good hitting from Henry Grimwood (17) and Matt Girling (11) then steadied the ship, with Grimwood striking four boundaries before falling to a fine catch.
The tail failed to pick up the pace of the pitch with the remaining wickets falling cheaply leaving Horley to defend a total of 74 all-out.
Following a rousing team talk from manager Danny Patel, ten-man Horley took to the field with a spring in their steps and belief in their heads.
The opening bowling pair of Ali Khan and Joe Leaver got Horley off to the start they needed with two wickets in the first three overs. Grimwood and Dan Sired then kept the pressure on with three wickets in their spell of four overs.
Horley debutant Sam Armitage joined the attack next with his distinctive round-arm action, taking a wicket with his first ball and then a second in his first over. He was ably complemented by the spin of Khyan Patel at the other end.
The final bowling pair then joined the attack with lightning quick pace from man-of-the-match, Girling and Sam Terry, who got up from his sick-bed to help out the team.
As Wimbledon closed in on the Horley total, Girling and Terry picked off the final wickets, with wicket keeper Artie Hoskins running out the Wimbledon number 11 to give Horley a deserved five run win against quality opposition.
Horley 1st IX 153-9 (43 overs), Claygate 1st XI 152 all out (42 overs). Horley won by one wicket.
Horley 1st XI won a tense Surrey County League Division One match at Claygate on Saturday, 11 May. Horley dismissed the hosts for 152 in 42 overs, and scraped home with one wicket standing, finishing on 153-9.
Horley 2nd XI 181-6 (45 overs), Churt 2nd XI 84 all out (26.1 overs). Horley won by 97 runs.
Horley 2nd XI made it two league wins out of two with a comfortable victory over Churt.
Put into bat, Horley openers Andrew Thomas and Stewart Warren started off steadily with a 30-run partnership in very difficult batting conditions until Thomas mistimed a delivery which seemed to hang in the pitch and edged to cover for 16.
Top-scorer Abdul Razzaq (44) joined Warren at the crease and helped rebuild the innings, losing Warren (27) just before drinks in the 22nd over. At 85-2 at the halfway mark Horley were hoping to reach a par score of 160.
As the sun came out the runs started to flow. Fizal Nadir made 32 and as Horley went on the attack towards the end of their 45 overs they lost wickets quickly, with Chris Sellicks taking an impressive five for 25 from eight overs.
Churt’s reply never really got going, with Horley’s opening bowlers Tom Livermore and Chris Cosham finding a decent amount of swing and the pitch working to their advantage.
Livermore achieved his best-ever bowling figures, taking six for 23 from nine overs and Cosham took two for 28 from his nine, leaving Churt – who only had ten players - in big trouble on 38-8.
Sellicks then came in and put on a tidy partnership with his skipper Alex Rogan, but the game was too far gone and Jack Jee took a catch off skipper Darren Croft to wrap up the Churt innings for just 84.
Horley Under-15s 176-6 (20 overs), Merstham Under-15s 115-5 (20 overs).Horley won by 61 runs.
Horley Under-15s made a winning start to their East Surrey Colts League season with a strong all-round performance against Merstham.
Joe Willis, a new recruit for Horley, who plays age-grade cricket for Sussex and adult cricket for Horsham, hit a 29-ball 55 on debut. His knock included four sixes – one of which went out of the ground – and seven fours, and by finishing with a six he made the highest possible score for an individual batsman in this age group, as the retirement mark is 50.
Horley’s total of 176 for six from 20 overs included an unbeaten 37 from Zack Collins and 31 for Aryan Patel, while Bailey Warren was unlucky to be run-out at the non-strikers end for 17 when a powerful shot from Collins ricocheted off the bowler’s leg and hit the stumps.
Horley’s opening bowlers, Freddie Holland and Alex Field, kept it tight. After starting with a maiden, Field bowled Luca Retter in his second over and Ben Cooper had Aditya Chougule caught by Harry Grimwood, before Grimwood himself bowled Edward Cecil.
Wicket keeper Christian Kelly produced a bit of smart work to collect a throw from Willis and run out Liam Barry, and after James Cripps (38 not out) and Matthew Greaves (21) put on a 46-run partnership for the next wicket, Holland had Greaves caught by Collins. Merstham finished well short of their target on 115 for five.
Blindley Heath 72-1, (9.5 overs), Horley Strollers 70 all out (28.1 overs). Blindley Heath won by nine wickets.
Horley’s Sunday Strollers lost a one-sided match against a strong Blindley Heath team which included a handful of first-team players.
Martyn March top-scored for the Strollers with 19, while Naveed Sherwani made 14 and Nick Waddington 11 as Horley were bowled out for just 70.
Blindley Heath opened their reply with two very strong batters and raced past the total in just under 10 overs. Callum Tester took the only wicket for Horley, with Craig MacFarlane taking the catch.
Horley 1st XI had a mixed weekend, losing their opening Surrey County League First Division match of the season on Saturday but winning in round one of the League Cup on Sunday.
In the league game, Horley batted first at Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon and made 167 for nine from their 45 overs. After some rain, the hosts had a revised target of 161 from 42 overs and reached it for the loss of five wickets in 35 overs.
Horley had a better day on Sunday, progressing to round two of the County League Cup after beating Effingham by eight wickets.
Effingham elected to bat and were bowled out for 135 from 44.2 overs. Horley reached their target off just 27.4 overs, finishing on 138 for two.
Horley Under-9s 147-2 (net score 339) (20 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-9s 120-8 (net 288) 20 overs. Horley won by 51 runs.
Horley Under-9s set about the start of their cricket season with a level of passion and energy which was most needed on a cold and breezy morning and were rewarded with a big win over Oxted and Limpsfield.
Captain Alfie Warden chose to bowl first and Achilles Pereira hit the stumps with the first ball of the game. Oxted then mounted a determined resistance to accumulate a respectable total of 288 runs despite Warden and Jack James bowling two batters each.
Warden and Peter Arkemenov opened Horley’s innings with a fine partnership, hitting several boundaries in their four overs. Newcomers Oscar Lawrence, Jack Gardener, Lucas Lafon Anderson and Charlie Tames all made runs in their first matches. A dashing partnership between Ben Danton and Ollie Kilbourne, who smashed 18 in ten balls, was followed by an equally impressive partnership from Perreira and Jack James, who put on 34 together, with James achieving the high score of 21.
Horley finished with a net total of 339, just two short of their highest total of last year.
Horley 2nd XI 287-6 (45 overs), Whiteley Village 220-9 (43 overs) Horley won by 67 runs
Horley batsman Andrew Burbidge hit a brilliant 68-ball maiden century to help Horley 2nd XI win their opening league match of the season.
Coming in at number four, Burbidge struck his 50 in 43 balls and accelerated to 100 from just 25 more deliveries. There were some fantastic drives and some monstrous hits, none more so than the six which was struck out of the ground to take Burbidge to his 100.
He ended up not out 105 as Horley made 287 for six from their 45 overs. Several other batsmen shone, including Fizal Nadir with 51, Matt Ware with 46, Andrew Thomas with 37 and Alex Rooney with 23.
After a small delay due to rain, Whiteley began their reply well scoring steadily but after losing the opening two batsman they never quite looked like they would chase down such a big total.
Chris Cosham took two wickets, colt Aryan Patel, Nadir and Rooney also took two each, and another colt, Jack Jee from the under-16s, took his first senior wicket on his second-team debut, one of two catches behind the stumps for Thomas.
The shine was slightly taken off Burbidge’s personal celebrations as he ended the day with a black eye after being hit by an awkwardly bouncing ball while he was fielding.
Oxted & Limpsfield Under-8s 155-3 (20 overs), Horley Under-8s 139-11 (20 overs), Saturday, 4 May, Crockham Hill. Oxted and Limpsfield won by 48 runs
Despite having a number of underage players, Horley Under-8s put in a sterling effort, but couldn’t make a winning start to their first season.
Oxted’s first batting pair found scoring tough but with their second pair the tide began to turn with boundaries coming regularly from great shots, despite a sharp run-out from Zach Douglas off his own bowling. The flow of runs continued with Oxted’s next pair but Horley again replied with a wicket from Eoin Spalding and another from Joe Ardon in the final pairing.
Special mention goes to Mohammad Sherwani for his resilience after taking a ball in the face resulting in a nose bleed whilst fielding.
The scoring rate slowed towards the end of Oxted’s innings but they finished with a handy net total of 343 for 3 from their 20 overs
In Horley’s reply, skipper Tom Jowett was the only player to reach double figures, finishing on 17, including four boundaries.
Nathan Harding, in the last pair, scored nine, alongside Douglas who scored six, while William Richards in the penultimate pair got eight runs.
Horley finished their 20 overs on net 295 for 11 wickets, leaving the home side as comfortable winners.