Horley 1st XI 163-6 (31.4 overs), Sheen Park 1st XI 159 all out (44.2 overs). Horley won by four wickets.
Horley, who were fourth in the table going into this game, beat third-placed Sheen Park and moved up to take their spot in the league.
Horley won the toss and elected to field. Matt Gainsford and Charlie Robins bowled a good, steady opening spell but then Sheen Park started to make progress.
Robins took two wickets and Gainsford one – all bowled – to see Sheen Park at 59-3, then Trevor Stevens came on to bowl and slowed the run rate down.
He removed batters five and six and picked up a later wicket to end with figures of three for 28.
Jonathan Barnett (3-35) got the important wicket of Touseef Ahmad, who made 84 runs before he was caught by Brad Bosman.
Sheen Park were all out for 159 in the 45th over and Horley didn’t make the best of starts to their reply, losing their first wicket inside two overs.
However, they recovered thanks to Bosman, who got a quick 78 to put the opposition on the back foot.
By the time he was out lbw Horley were 111-6 as Sikander Jajja had been taking wickets at the other end.
Barnett hit an important 34 not out and Ross Nel made 14 not out to see Horley home to claim a valuable important win.
Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon Under-12s 115-4 (20 overs), Horley Under-12s 99-4 (20 overs). Southern Railway won by 16 runs.
A below-par bowling performance from Horley cost them a win in the league cup semi-final.
Horley put the hosts in, hoping to take early wickets and put Kenley under pressure. It looked like it was working when Edward James made an early breakthrough with a well-taken caught and bowled with only two runs on the board.
The top order were really struggling to score off the bat but as the innings progressed Horley lost their discipline a little, with wides and no balls becoming more frequent.
There were plenty of good deliveries too and Kenley only scored 66 runs off the bat, with Calum Doherty and Atishaya Jain making the lion’s share of that, retiring on 27 and 25 respectively.
Hugo Hobbs and Joe English were the most economical bowlers, while Jack Love, Evan Grimwood and Taylor Brooks took a wicket each and Grimwood and Brooks both held onto difficult catches.
The target of 115 was by no means out of reach for Horley and Harry Grimwood and Evan Grimwood started well, keeping up the required run rate for the first three overs, before Evan was caught at extra cover.
English came in and continued with his fine batting form, partnering a determined Harry Grimwood in a dogged partnership of 59 that presented few chances to the fielders.
Unfortunately the seven overs faced at the pavilion end were a complete write-off with the sun so low and bright that all the batters could do was hope to get bat on ball.
After English had been bowled out for 23 and Harry Grimwood had retired on 25 the Kenley umpire agreed the team would bowl all the last five overs at one end so the batsmen had their backs to the sun.
Ben Stewart, Hobbs, Benji Benetar and Luke Newton entered the fray but despite boundaries from Hobbs and Newton, the required run rate was too much against Kenley’s best two bowlers, who bowled extremely well, and Horley fell short of victory.
The team that bowled best won the game. Batting conditions may have conspired against Horley but the extras were just as big a problem.
Banstead Under-10s 269, Horley Under-10s 302. Horley won by 33 runs.
Horley made sure they stayed in touch with the league leaders with this win over Banstead.
After Ollie Millard and Hirishi Patel gave the Horley innings a steady start, the second pair of Oscar Davies and Artie Hoskins came in and Davies added ten to the total, while Hoskins was unlucky to be well caught from a great strike.
Sammy Bloch and James Burgoyne were hampered by quite a bit of wide bowling but both hit the boundary and didn’t lose any wickets in their four overs.
This took Horley’s score up to 242 with two pairs to come and Sam Terry and Dan Sired were again frustrated by wides and no balls, but took what opportunities they could to score and kept their wickets intact.
The final pair of Henry Grimwood and Alex Jay punished Banstead’s bowling with some aggressive running and four fours for Grimwood in a personal total of 20. After losing two wickets in the 19th over, the pair made amends with 13 runs and five extras in the final over to close the innings on 302.
Grimwood took a wicket in the first over of Banstead’s innings, with a catch from wicketkeeper Bloch.
Great bowling and good fielding kept the pressure on Banstead and Hoskins claimed a runout in the fourth over.
By the end of the eighth over, Banstead were 15 runs ahead of Horley’s score at the same stage but Horley began to take control and the hosts ended up falling well short of the required total.
Grimwood ended up with two wickets, Davies one and Player of the Match Bloch also claimed one and kept wicket well during his stint behind the stumps.
Horley Under-13s 79-1 (7.5 overs), Reigate Priory Under-13s 77-7 (20 overs). Horley won by nine wickets.
Just 24 hours later, at the same venue, Horley strolled to victory over a Priory team consisting of only nine players, all of whom were under-12s.
Horley’s line-up included five under-12s and one under-11, but they were far too strong for Priory and the match was never a contest.
Leah Lane opened the bowling with a maiden and while Alex Field conceded more runs at the other end, he took the first wicket with a caught and bowled.
Udith Molanguri clean bowled the other Reigate opener and Joe English clean bowled batters three and four, dismissing the first from the last ball of his first over – a maiden – and the second from the first ball of his second.
Joseph Barton took the fifth wicket in the 14th over, clean bowled, and Bailey Warren matched him in the next over. Molanguri picked up his second wicket in the final over.
With only 77 to chase down, Horley were hot favourites to win and Evan Grimwood and English – both under-12s players – were chosen to open and attacked from the start.
Grimwood played a terrific innings and retired not out on 32 from 17 balls, including seven boundaries. English ended up on 20 not out (12 balls) and Will Agombar, playing his first match for Horley, helped him see the team home, striking three confident fours to finish on 12 not out.
Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 2nd XI 143-9 (49 overs), Horley 2nd XI 157 all out (46.4 overs). Winning draw, Horley 8 points, SRKS 6
On a track that was under-prepared, Horley’s batsmen had to dig deep to set a decent total before Fizal Nadir ripped through SRKS with six wickets. It wasn’t quite enough for a win, but it was a moral victory.
Fizal Nadir, opening for Horley with his son Saleem Nadir, pulled the first ball of the day for four but was then out for six.
Saleem batted on to top score with 42 not out, and number four Chris Cosham joined him in a partnership of 60, sending an array of shots to all parts of the ground and making 33 before he was out lbw.
Stewart Warren came in at five and made a handy 26 while the opposition toiled in the sunshine. Farris Chaudry took a hat-trick to wrap up the innings in the 47th over with Horley on 157.
Horley’s bowlers were soon making inroads into to SRKS batting. Tom Livermore made the early breakthrough with a caught and bowled and finished with figures of seven overs, three maidens, 11 runs, one wicket.
Fizal Nadir then set about destroying the hosts’ line-up with a six-wicket haul for 37 runs from 15 overs. Darren Croft (11-5-22-1) helped to stem the flow of runs at the other end and was rewarded with one wicket. Skipper and opener Stuart Kemp top-scored for SRKS with 71.
Horley remain third in the league.
Horley Under-13s 140-9 (20 overs), Dorking Under-13s 90-3 (20 overs). Horley won by 50 runs.
Horley Under-13s enjoyed a great weekend, winning two league matches on two consecutive days to move up to third in the league table, with a game in hand on second-placed Lingfield.
Against Dorking in the first game, Horley were put in and lost both openers cheaply to catches by Patrick Simmonite off Callum Powell in the second over.
The new batsmen, Alex Field and Bailey Warren, successfully started the innings again, batting well together for a partnership of 52 from 44 balls.
Warren was caught for 14 from 17 balls, then there was a mini collapse with three wickets lost in consecutive balls, including Field, bowled for 19 (23 balls).
Horley were 66-6 after 11 overs, then 67-7 an over later, so batting out the remaining eight overs became a priority. Leah Lane and Joe English rose to the occasion and put on Horley’s best partnership of 54 from 36 balls. Lane was caught for 19 from 17 balls and English was caught in the final over, having scored 20 from 18 balls.
Joseph Marshall and Evan Grimwood finished the innings, with Grimwood hitting three boundaries from his five balls faced.
Dorking made a good start in reply, scoring 21 in four overs, but then Udith Molanguri joined the attack with a wicket maiden. English bowled a maiden in the next over and as this included a direct hit run-out from Field, Dorking were 21-2.
Powell and Sebastian Fleming-Smith then put together the biggest partnership of the match, scoring 59 runs from 61 balls. Fleming-Smith retired on 33 not out, then Hugo Hobbs took the third wicket in the 16th over.
Horley were well and truly in the driving seat with Dorking needing 61 from the last four overs. English took the fifth wicket, caught by Field, before Marshall pulled off a smart run-out from behind the sticks, spotting that the batsman had stepped out of his crease.
Molanguri bowled Powell in the final over to leave Dorking well short on 90.
Horley 1st XI 233-6 (44.2 overs), Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 1st XI 229-2 (50 overs). Horley won by four wickets.
In a must-win game for Horley, as they bid to stay close to the front-runners in the league, they put Southern Rail, Kenley and Selsdon in on what looked like a good batting track.
That was confirmed by the opening partnership racing to 35 from the first five overs.
The old hand Trevor Stevens was brought into the attack and did just what was required to peg back the batsmen to around 3.5 runs an over by drinks. He finished with figures of 22 overs, five maidens, nought for 85.
The first wicket to fall in the SRKS innings went to Jordan Robins, who bowled well in tandem with Stevens with figures of seven overs, one wicket for 22 runs.
Skipper Charlie Robins brought himself back on and took a wicket towards the end of the innings but SRKS set an imposing total of 229, with their opening batsman Jon Coles finishing on a terrific 143 not out having been given a lifeline on 66.
Having to score 230 from 45 overs, Horley’s reply started strongly with an untried opening pair of Matthew Gainsford (48) and Richard Waddington (19) scoring at 6.5 an over in a stand of 55.
Waddington was dismissed and in came Man of the Match Ross Nel, who carried on scoring at a good rate to make 64, with notable partnerships with John Barnett (24) and Stuart MacPherson (33).
Whilst pacing the innings well, Horley found themselves needing 36 from the last five overs. Jordan Robins came to the crease and hit 23 from 11 balls to ensure Horley got over the line in the final over, and he did so in fine fashion with a six off his legs to win the game.
Horley are now fourth in the Surrey League Division One table, having been promoted into this division at the end of last season, and on Saturday they have a crunch game against third-placed Sheen Park.
Horley Under-14s 72-0 (seven overs), Reigate Priory Under-14s 69 all out (19 overs). Horley won by 10 wickets.
Horley consolidated their lead at the top of the league when they bowled out Priory for a low total and passed it in double-quick time.
Only three Reigate batters made double figures as Aryan Patel, Freddie Holland and Udith Molanguri took two wickets each and Zack Collins, George Bowers, Alex Field and Ben Stewart chipped in with one apiece.
Collins and Freddie Holland opened the Horley reply and made 36 and 26 respectively to knock off the runs required for no wickets. Collins hit eight fours and Holland five.
Horley Under-12s 93-7 (20 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-12s 96-4 (13.1 overs). Oxted won by six wickets.
A strong Oxted bowling attack restricted Horley to just 93 from 20 overs, which proved to be too few to defend.
Opener Harry Grimwood made 16, including some nicely-timed shots for boundaries but then wickets started to fall.
Joe English batted nicely for 11 runs but, like the openers, struggled to score quickly against tight bowling. Number four Ben Stewart fared a bit better and eventually retired on 28 after scoring five thumping boundaries.
The lower order tried to accelerate in the dying overs but couldn’t and Horley had just 93 runs to defend.
They were unable to produce their best bowling and fielding performance and Oxted passed the total with plenty of time to spare.
Two wickets from Taylor Brooks in two balls – the first a stunning catch from Benji Benettar - and one wicket from Hugo Hobbs reduced Oxted to 44-3 and gave Horley hope.
Then Jack Jordan made 26 off 12 balls and retired, taking the game away in spectacular fashion.
English took the fourth wicket but Oxted claimed the league points in this very strong division.
Horley Under-10s 311 (20 overs), Limpsfield Chart Under-10s 224 (20 overs). Horley won by 87 runs.
Horley’s first pair of Matthew Girling and Oscar Hofmann made 27 from their four overs without losing a wicket then Oscar Davies and debutant Joseph Leaver continued to attack, but lost a couple of wickets in the process.
Khyan Patel and Sammy Bloch faced some tricky bowling but settled nicely and Patel hit a glorious cover drive for four.
After Artie Hoskins and Alex Jay moved the score along further, the final pair of skipper Sam Terry and Henry Grimwood came in with the score on 292 and Grimwood top-scored with 11 to set a total of 311.
Horley forced a run-out in the first over of Limpsfield’s reply, then Leaver took his first wicket and Terry grabbed two in his first hostile over.
Both Jay and Davies picked up a wicket following good pressure from Girling and Patel, then Hofmann bowled another batter.
Limpsfield tried to dig in but conceded another run-out and Horley closed out the game in style with Leaver taking his second wicket, the second of two catches by wicketkeeper Hoskins.
The home side won by a whopping 87 runs, with Patel being named Player of the Match.
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