Shepperton 170-8 (50 overs), Horley 1st XI 172-7 (45.4 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 29 June, Shepperton CC. Horley won by three wickets.
Horley stay top of Surrey County League Division One after a win at fourth-place Shepperton, with Jonathan Barnett contributing with the bat and ball, scoring 45 not out and taking three wickets.
Horley put Shepperton in on a very hot day and started well with the ball, picking up some early wickets through Charlie Robins (one for 49) and Trevor Stevens (three for 22).
Sachin Puri, batting at three, made 96 not out but his team-mates kept getting out around him as Barnett dismissed batters seven, eight and nine to restrict Shepperton to a total of 170-8 off 50 overs.
Horley lost their first wicket without scoring and Shepperton bowled really good lines, so it was a slow start for the visitors. But then Andrew Thomas and Ben Remfry built a little partnership to get things started and when Thomas was out Remfry and Matt Ware kept the runs coming, scoring 31 and 33 respectively.
Barnett came to the crease when Remfry was out and forged a partnership with Ware to take Horley to 98-3 off 30 overs, setting up an interesting last 16 overs needing 73 to win.
Barnett stuck to the task, finishing on 45 not out while Richard Waddington hit the winning runs with three balls to spare when six runs were needed from the last over.
Horley 2nd XI 264-3 (41 overs), Roehampton 2nd XI 188-9 (55 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 29 June, Horley Row. Winning draw for Horley.
An unbeaten century from Matt Gainsford helped Horley 2nd XI to pick up another ten league points with a winning draw over Roehampton, keeping them on top of the Surrey County League 2nd XI table.
Horley skipper Darren Croft loss the toss, yet again, and his team were put into bat on the hottest day of the year. Openers Dave Hyde (57) and Stuart MacPherson (38) set about their task in a truly West Indian fashion, plundering the Roehampton bowlers with shots to every corner of the ground.
When Hyde was run out the opening stand had contributed 80, putting Horley in a commanding position.
When MacPherson fell, Gainsford and Ant Puttick began a partnership which really punished the Roehampton bowlers.
Gainsford was in exceptional form, blasting the ball to all corners of the ground and beyond, completing his second century, which included ten fours and seven sixes. He ended up on 110 not out, while Puttick played the supporting role and scored 40.
Horley declared their innings at 264 for three after 41 overs, giving the opposition 55 overs to achieve their goal.
Spin twins, Croft and Fizul Nadir, bowled a long opening spell in tandem, with Croft taking three for 15 from 12 overs, including eight maidens.
Teenager Aryan Patel bowled a tight spell of leg spin, picking up three wickets and leaving the Roehampton batsmen in tatters, with Joe Parnell (82) the only one to put up a fight.
Once he was gone, Roehampton lacked conviction and could only manage 188 for nine wickets, hanging on at the death to deny Horley an outright victory. It was a great match played in a fine spirit.
Horley Under-15s 150-5 (20 overs), Addiscombe Under-15s 145-6 (20 overs), NEC League, Thursday 27 July, Horley Row. Horley won by five runs
A lovely innings of 49 not out by Christian Kelly helped Horley Under-15s set a big total of 150 in their NEC match against Addiscombe but the visitors made Horley sweat for the victory.
Addiscombe needed 14 off the last over but a six hit by Max Symonds helped them reduce that to six needed from the last three balls. However, bowler Aryan Patel kept his cool and prevented any more scoring to see Horley home.
Horley opener Joe Willis was unlucky to be caught on the boundary for just two. Kelly came in at four and hit seven fours in his innings, but also ran singles and twos well. Zack Collins made a swift 40, featuring seven fours.
In reply Addiscombe put on 60 for the first wicket but were then reduced to 94 for six before the final partnership almost earned the win. Patel, bowling leg-spin instead of his usual pace, took four wickets, including a terrific diving catch from Willis and a stumping by Kelly. The keeper also got a stumping off Shae Meacher’s bowling and Ben Cooper took the other wicket. Horley are now second in the North-East and Central Surrey Colts League.
Horley Under-15s 141-3 (20 overs), Merstham Under-15s 52 all out (13.3 overs), East Surrey Colts League, Merstham CC, Wednesday 26 July, Horley won by 89 runs.
Horley’s East Surrey Colts League Under-15s team moved to joint top in the table with a big win at Merstham.
After both Horley openers were out for ducks, Aryan Patel and Christian Kelly rebuilt the innings, making 53 (retired) and 41 respectively. Zack Collins hit a quick 17 not out and Ben Cooper eight not out to take Horley to a total of 141 for three from their 20 overs.
Merstham were reduced to two for two early in their reply after Joe Willis ran out Noah Young in the first over and Alex Field bowled the other opener, Luca Retter, for just two. Field bowled Matt Retter in his next over and under-13s player Evan Grimwood then had Edward Cecil caught by Willis.
The wickets continued to tumble, with Cooper taking two in one over, plus a catch for Grimwood’s second wicket, Will Agombar (two overs, one maiden, one wicket for one run) bowling Merstham skipper James Cripps, and Shae Meacher taking the final wicket caught and bowled. Merstham, who had two batters run out without facing a ball, were all out for 52.
Horley Under-17s 126-8 (20 overs), Dorking Under-17s 107-6 (20 overs), East Surrey Colts League Cup semi-final, Horley Row, Monday 24 June. Horley won by 19 runs.
Horley Under-17s earned a place in the final of the East Surrey Colts League Cup with a comfortable semi-final win over Dorking.
A fine knock of 58 from senior first team regular Ben Remfry provided the backbone of the Horley innings, while under-15s player Christian Kelly made 27, but no one else got out of single figures in the total of 126 from 20 overs. Ed Phillips took three wickets for 23 from three overs and Dale Godfrey got two.
The Dorking reply got off to a sticky start with Remfry running out James Irvine off the first ball. Number three Raich Hudson top-scored for Dorking with 41 before Remfry bowled him. Oliver Sturt dismissed Andrew Pead (17) with a superb reaction catch for a caught and bowled, Kaine Stephens took a catch off Jack Jee’s bowling and Remfry bowled another victim. Dorking ended up well short of the target, finishing their 20 overs on 107 for six.
Horley Sunday Strollers Blue 91-3 (12 overs), Jamaica Inn Pirates 90 all out (30 overs). Sunday 23 June. Horley Row. Horley won by seven wickets.
Four wickets from Craig MacFarlane were key as Horley Sunday Strollers Blue bowled out their visitors, Jamaica Inn Pirates, for 90, then coasted to victory. The Horley reply was relatively short and sweet but was notable for a knock of 30 by Chris Allen. He needed just 16 runs to reach a lifetime total of 20,000 for the club and got there with one of the five fours he hit.
Jamaica Inn batted first and were in all sorts of trouble at 33-7 before a stand of 38 for the next wicket brought them some respectability.
MacFarlane took two wickets in two balls in his fourth over and ended up with fine figures of four for 14 from seven overs – one a super diving slip catch from Chris Cosham. Skipper Dave Childs took two for six from four overs, Alex Field two for 26 from seven overs and Colin Terry and Martin March picked up a wicket each. Ashley Yeo, MacFarlane and March took a catch each.
Allen opened the Horley reply with Jonathan Barnett and Barnett took the initiative with a quickfire 39, including a six which went out of the ground. He was out just after Allen passed his landmark, but Horley were already well on the way to victory and an entertaining 13 from Terry, including three fours, helped take them there.
Horley batsman Chris Allen scored his 20,000th run for the club on Sunday – only the second batter to do so in the 200-plus year history of the club.
Allen, who umpires for the Horley first team games, returned to playing this season after a three-year break, after he was made aware that he was just 127 runs short of the 20,000 landmark.
It took him just three appearances for the club’s Sunday Strollers to pass the milestone. He made 57 not out in his first match last month, hit 54 last week and got the 16 runs he needed on Sunday, striking a four to pass the 20,000, and being greeted with a standing ovation from the Horley players and club members who had come to the game in the hope of watching Allen make his own little bit of history.
He batted on to make 30 before being caught out, but Horley went on to win against Jamaica Inn Pirates.
Allen, aged 55, was delighted and probably a bit relieved to pass the landmark after falling just short last week. He has been involved with Horley Cricket Club for as long as he can remember. “My parents first brought me down here when I was a baby,” he said. He recalls that his first appearance was as a substitute fielder in 1975, but he didn’t score his first runs for the club until 1978 and he has played for all the Horley senior teams, scoring a total of 26 centuries during his career.
The popular and talented batsman’s long association with the club is far from over. Asked if he planned to retire from playing again now, Allen smiled and said, “I have got a veterans match to play and if the club are short anytime I will play, but I don’t want to stop other people from playing.”
Horley Under-11s v Spencer CC Under-11s, Sunday 23 June, Smallfield Cricket Club, NEC League.
Aidan Spalding achieved the tremendous feat of taking six wickets in an innings for Horley Under-11s in their NEC League match against Spencer Cricket Club on Sunday.
Players are only allowed to bowl four overs each in this competition so to take six wickets in such a short spell is a rare occurrence. Five of Spalding’s victims were bowled and one was caught behind by wicket keeper Artie Hoskins. Spalding finished with six for 20, but Horley lost the match.
Shepperton 2nd XI 168-3 (56 overs), Horley 2nd XI 257 all out (39.3 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 22 June, Shepperton CC. Winning draw to Horley, seven points each.
A second century of the season from Andrew Burbidge helped Horley 2nd XI stay top of the league thanks to a winning draw at Shepperton.
The hosts, who are level on points with Horley at the top of the Surrey County League 2nd XI table, took seven bonus points from the match and Horley got five, plus two for the winning draw.
Shepperton put Horley in and the innings didn't get off to a great start with Josh Mason getting out for a second ball duck. However, despite losing regular wickets – with Matt Gainsford making 22 and Dave Hyde 14 – Horley were putting a good display of batting, especially when Anthony Puttick and Burbidge put on 91 for the third wicket partnership.
Puttick got out to a great catch at mid-off for 31, but Burbidge was looking in fantastic touch and his century came in just 73 balls.
Regular wickets were tumbling at the other end before Burbidge was eventually out for 101. Matthew Puttick ended up on 36 not out as the Horley innings closed with the huge total of 257 all out from just 39.3 overs.
After a fantastic tea Horley skipper Darren Croft opened the bowling, immediately making an impact with two back-to-back maidens. Gainsford opened from the other end and bowled exceptionally with three maidens in his opening spell.
Chris Cosham and Matt Puttick came on first change and kept the ship steady with some accurate and quick bowling, they Aryan Patel and Tom Clargo joined the attack with Clargo instantly making an impact, getting a wicket maiden in his second over.
Croft picked up two wickets but the Shepperton batsmen batted out for a draw, knowing they weren't going to chase down 257. Overall it was a good day for both teams, sharing the points and staying at the top of the table.
Horley 1st XI 125-6 (24.4 overs), London Gymkhana 124-7 (50 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 22 June, Horley Row. Horley won by four wickets.
Horley 1st XI beat top-of-the-table London Gymkhana and took their place at the head of the Surrey County League Division One table.
Charlie Robins won yet another toss and put Gymkhana into bat. Matt Reid, bowling from the pavilion end, took the first wicket of the day when Amjad Majadi lifted a miscued drive straight to Ben Remfry in the covers.
Robins, at the other end, provided great control, only conceding seven runs from his seven overs. He was replaced by Trevor Stevens who bowled a mammoth 18 over spell taking three wickets in the process and only conceding 50 runs.
Equally impressive was Jon Barnett whose 13 overs only cost 24 runs and yielded three wickets. The bowlers’ efforts were backed up by some excellent fielding which restricted Gymkhana to 124 for seven from their full 50 overs.
Tackling the chase was the opening pair of Matt Reid and Andrew Thomas, who was promoted from the second XI after some good performances including a 50 and a century. Unfortunately, he fell first, out LBW for two.
With Ben Remfry next in, Horley began to make light work of the chase. Reid and Remfry scored at a good rate before Remfry was unfortunate to be caught down the leg side for 20.
His brother Sam came in next at four and he and Matt Ware and Barnett all came and went for nine runs each just after Reid brought up his 50. Reid was then bowled by Sharjeel Malik for a well-made 56.
With five wickets down and 20 required the pressure mounted on Ross Nel and Richard Waddington, but Waddington hit the winning runs and Horley leapfrogged London Gymkhana to move in to first position in the table. Next week they travel away to fifth-placed Shepperton and will hope to keep the winning run going.
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