Horley 1st XI 192-9 (45 overs), Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 88 all out (32.4 overs). Horley won by 104 runs.
Horley won their final game of the season against Southern Rail and Kenley by 104 runs thanks to a good innings from Ross Nel and great bowling from Sam Remfry.
Having chosen to bat, Horley felt the pressure early on and found themselves at 46-4 after 14 overs. The middle order then battled back to make sure the score found its way to 192-9 with a big contribution from Nel scoring 87 not out. This was backed up by Stuart Macpherson scoring a breezy 28.
Kenley in reply struggled to really ever get going with a great bowling and fielding display from the visitors. The stand out bowler was Remfry who took five for 18 from seven overs.
Having been promoted at the end of last season, Horley finish this season in a respectable fifth place in the league table. They regard that as a slightly disappointing outcome as they were looking like finishing higher until they lost three matches on the bounce during August, but they hope to bounce back next season and will have promotion as their target.
Frimley 1st XI 232-9 (47.2 overs), Horley 1st XI 231-6 declared (45 overs). Frimley won by one wicket.
Horley – chasing a second successive promotion - were looking to bounce back from last week’s agonising defeat at home against league leaders Thames Ditton, but ended up losing narrowly to bottom-of-the-table Frimley.
A slightly damp track meant it was a good toss to win, but Horley lost and were put into bat.
The newly formed opening duo Matthew Gainsford (26) and Danyal Razzaq (10) set a solid first five overs with 30 on the board before a delivery to Razzaq stuck in the pitch and he edged it to the keeper.
Having been the hero with the ball in the previous two games, Adam Stephenson was keen to demonstrate his batting ability too. Gainsford was bowled by Luke Burrows for his second wicket but
Jonathan Barnett came in at four in the absence of Sam Remfry and he and Stephenson built an excellent partnership with a few cheeky singles, a six or two amongst great stroke play, taking Horley to 100 for two off 22 overs at the drinks break.
The track was slowly drying out and offering a little more to the batsmen, however Barnett could not capitalise on this and was dismissed for 34 shortly after drinks.
Incoming batsman was Matt Ware (19) contributed well with Stephenson before he too was bowled whilst looking to push the score along. Ben Remfry again showed his talent at such a young age with some wonder cover drives and leg flicks and the scoreboard ticked along nicely before he fell for 18.
By now skipper Charlie Robins was thinking about when to declare. He sent his brother Jordan Robins in to add some quick runs, which he duly did. Stephenson hit a huge six down the ground and Robins (38) sent the crowd wild with a few of his own. The two scored at ten an over for the last six overs and Horley declared on 231-6 when Robins was out. Stephenson batted maturely and elegantly making a patient and hard fought 73 not out.
Cricket is a game of two halves, and Horley made a sluggish start in the field, dropping a catch inside the first few overs. Runs were being freely scored by Frimley. Trevor Stevens – eight overs for 14 runs - did his best to tie down an end but unfortunately the pace of the ball off the bat at the other end did Charlie Robins no favours as he picked up a wicket, but went for 50 from seven overs.
The skipper turned to his brother to build some momentum and whilst Horley had some glimpses of getting back in, with the odd good ball, the runs just kept on flowing.
Jordan Robins dismissed the number three batsman and Jonathan Barnett clean bowled the remaining opener and the number four then later had number seven caught by Elliot Strode for a duck.
Barnett ended up with 3-26 from nine overs and Gainsford took two for 20 from five overs to conjure some sort of hope and put Horley back in the mix.
However the Frimley captain John Hebditch put a valiant individual effort as wickets fell at the other end, scoring 72 including some monstrous sixes. Horley were all too kind in supporting his quest with four dropped catches including one for what would have been the final wicket with five runs still needed to win.
Hebditch and Alex Ogilvy got Frimley home with a wicket to spare and Horley were left to rue their missed chances.
This week Horley play away at Ripley, who are third from bottom in the table. They are still within a fighting chance of climbing from fourth into one of the two promotion spots as just 13 points separate them from second.
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.
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 1st XI lost by seven wickets at Claygate in their Surrey County League 1st XI Division One match. Horley made 186-7, with Danyal Razzaq top-scoring on 71 and Bem Remfry making 41. Claygate lost just three wickets in getting to 190 in 34.3 overs.
Horley 1st XI Saturday 9th June, Archbishop Tenison’s Sports Ground, Surrey County League Division One
Old Tenisonians 134 all out (49.3 overs), Horley 1st XI 138-4 (39.3 overs), Horley won by six wickets.
Horley made it two league wins on the bounce as Trevor Stevens took six wickets for the second Saturday in succession.
They chose to bowl first on a hard wicket with only seven players to start with and Stevens made the first breakthrough, running out skipper Adnan Shan with 34 on the board.
From there Horley rallied to apply pressure on the batting side and restricted them to an under par 134 all out.
While Stevens took his six wickets for 42 from 17.3 overs, Jonathan Barnett picked up three from the other end, conceding 32 runs from 11 overs. The Horley spinners spun their webs, set the traps and the fielding did the rest, with two stumpings for Ros Nel and catches for Ben Remfry, Sam Remfry and Matthew Gainsford.
On the batting front, Horley controlled the game from start to finish with good running between the wickets at times and the ability the put the bad ball away. Sam Remfry showed pure class with 51 not out while Barnett used his experience to get Horley close the the finish, making 35 before he was dismissed. Ben Remfry joined his brother with only a few runs needed to win and together they showed confidence and composure to get the team over the line with eight overs to spare.
Thames Ditton 204 (45 overs) Horley 1st XI 189 all out. Thames Ditton win.
Thames Ditton won the toss and elected to bat and Horley took to the field with only 10 men. Horley started the game the stronger of the two sides , picking up early wickets including the crucial one of the inform Mike Dixon, centurion of the previous week.
An apparent edge behind from a Thames Ditton batsman was taken by keeper Brad Bosman , but was not given out by the oppositions umpire , much to the annoyance of the Horley players.
Despite being a man short for 35 overs Horley saw the innings through, restricting Thames Ditton to 204 off of 45 overs. Sam Remfry,8 overs , 36 runs 2 wickets.
In response , Horley’s openers Danny Razzaq and Brad Bosman put on a opening stand of 60 runs. After the drinks break Bosman was out Leg before and there after Horley lost a quick succession of wickets including those of Danyal (27) and Matt Ware (2).
Notable contributions from Sam Remfry (32), John Barnett and Richard Waddington (16) and a cameo from Matt Gainsford (33*) wasn’t enough as Horley finished their innings on 189, falling 16 short of their target.
Horley 1st XI 151-4 (42.3 overs), Frimley 150-7 (45 overs). Horley won by six wickets.
Good bowling and fielding set up Horley’s first win of the season. Frimley elected to bat but Horley’s two spin bowlers, Trevor Stevens and John Barnet were outstanding, taking 3-20 and 4-22 respectively, as Frimley were restricted to just 150 from their 45 overs.
Horley then batted very well with three players leading the way. Opener Danny Razzaq made 36 not out, Sam Remfry added another 36 and there was a big performance from Matt Ware with 53, scoring the first XI’s first 50 of the year and taking Horley to a six-wicket win.