Horley 2nd XI 229-6 (35.5 overs declared), Sheen Park 2nd XI 58 all out (29.4 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 8 June, Horley Row. Horley won by 171 runs.
A century by opener Andrew Thomas – his first for Horley – helped Horley 2nds kept up their 100% winning record in the league this season as they trounced Sheen Park 2nds.
Horley skipper Darren Croft chose to bat first and his top order made a steady start, making 70 off the first 22 overs. With two wickets down, Matt Gainsford joined opener Thomas and hit a quick 35 from 15 balls, while later on Andrew Burbidge made 39 from 17 balls.
All the while, Thomas had kept the scoreboard ticking over and when Horley passed the 200 mark with him on 98, Croft decided to delay his declaration until Thomas had reached his 100.
After Burbidge was dismissed, Jordan Robins hit a quick 11 and Thomas completed his fine century, ending up on 103 not out from 110 balls. When Robins was caught, Horley declared on 229 for six.
Horley’s opening bowlers, Chris Cosham and Matthew Puttick, kept it tight, with Cosham going for just five runs from six overs. Puttick got an early breakthrough and Horley’s bowlers then skittled out Sheen Park for just 58, with Darren Croft, Gainsford, Robins and Matthew Puttick taking two wickets each and Fizal Nadir one, while Burbidge got a run-out. Thomas, Croft, Anthony Puttick and Burbidge all took catches.
Horley 2nds remain joint top of the league and in the next three weeks will be well tested as they play the other sides in the top four. If they can continue their winning run, they will be in a great position.
Long Ditton 2nd XI 138 all out (39.2 overs), Horley 2nd XI 140-4 (23.5 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 1 June, Long Ditton CC. Horley won by six wickets.
Horley Seconds made it five wins out of five this season with a six-wicket win at Long Ditton and are joint top of the Surrey County League 2nd Xi Division One.
After having no game last week, Horley were raring to go. They lost the toss for the fifth game running and were asked to bowl first, much to the skipper Darren Croft’s delight.
The opening bowlers didn't disappoint with some tight bowling, restricting the runs and there were a couple of early wickets for Matt Puttick.
The pressure was always on Long Ditton with an excellent display of fielding from the travelling side. Runs were hard to come by and wickets kept falling at regular intervals with Croft, Andrew Burbidge and Matt Gainsford taking a brace each.
Long Ditton set a low total of 138 from 38 overs and, under the rules of this timed match, Horley had 56 overs to chase their score.
Horley’s first two wickets fell quite cheaply with Stewart Warren (5) and Abdul Razzaq (1) heading back to the pavilion but the other opener, Andrew Thomas, hit an unbeaten 58, carrying his bat.
Burbidge hitting 42 off 18 balls at the end to seal the victory with plenty of time to spare.
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 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.
Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 2nd XI 189-7 (45 overs), Horley 2nd XI 152 all out (45 overs). Kenley won by 37 runs.
Horley Seconds played a Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon team who were looking to gain promotion by winning this last match of the season.
Knowing he had 10 bowlers in his team, Horley skipper Darren Croft changed his attack frequently as he tried to ensure they all had the chance to bowl at least four overs.
This stopped the opposition getting into the groove and they found it very hard to score runs and were only 98 for four after the 28th over.
However, Kenley picked up the pace towards the end of their innings and finished on 189 for seven, with James Vear top-scoring with 52.
The pick of Horley’s bowlers were Abdul Razzaq with two for 26 from seven overs, including three maidens, and Fizal Nadir with two for 30 from seven overs. The other wickets were taken by Chris Cosham, Kaine Stephens and Croft.
Opener Adam Razzaq was the top-scorer in Horley’s reply with 40. Andrew Burbidge hit 21 and Zack Collins 20 not out down the order at nine, but wickets tumbled too quickly for Horley to challenge Kenley’s target and they were bowled out for 152.
This result allowed Horley to finish a respectable fourth in the league table and with the quality of young players coming through they look well poised to enjoy a more fruitful 2019 season.
The best batter for Horley 2nds through the league season was Burbidge with a total of 318 runs and Nadir took the most wickets, with 25.
Roehampton 2nd XI 152-6 (22 overs), Horley 2nd XI 148 all out (41.5 overs). Roehampton won by four wickets.
Following a series of successful results, Horley Seconds travelled to Roehampton knowing they still had a chance of gaining promotion, but this week they were beaten by a big-hitting team.
Horley were put into bat on what looked like a ragged track with overcast weather. These conditions and some sharp bowling from Roehampton's Asad Ali and Yasir Ahmed kept Horley openers Salim Nadir and Christian Kelly restricted with both falling in single figures.
The experienced Abdul Razzaq and son Adam were next to the crease and both showed real class with some impressive controlled ground strokes, moving Horley into the 80s before the partnership was broken. Abdul Razzaq made 46 and Adam Razzaq 26, but the rest of the Horley batters struggled with only the experienced Fizal Nadir reaching double figures, 19 not out, as the visitors were dismissed for 148.
Roehampton showed their batting intentions early on in their reply with aggressive play from both openers but neither were a match for the start of a superb spell from Horley's opening bowler Tom Livermore.
The openers fell for 14 and 13 but number three Sacha Hatteea gave only one half chance when he was on nought and went on to make 70 not out.
Horley were still in the game thanks to the impressive strike bowling of Livermore, who finished his allocated overs in one stretch with figures of nine overs, two maidens, four wickets for 30 runs. However, Roehampton continued with their aggressive approach and chased down the target in just 22 overs. Number seven Babar Mahmood hit a quick fire 30 off seven balls before being trapped by the canny Horley skipper Darren Croft, who had earlier removed the number five for just one run.
Horley 2nd XI Saturday 11th August, Old Cats Playing Field, Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One
Caterham 2nd XI 149 all out (43.1 overs), Horley 2nd XI 177 all out (44.3 overs). Horley won by 28 runs.
Horley dug deep to bowl Caterham out and maintain fifth spot in the league, 13 points off the promotion places, with 15-year-old Kaine Stephens leading the way by taking his first five-wicket haul.
Aryan Patel and Andrew Burbidge opened the batting for Horley and gave them a good start before Burbidge was caught on the boundary going for a big six.
Zack Collins, from the club’s under-14s, came in at four and batted really well to score a respectable 46 supported by Adam Razak, who was also in good form, but Horley were bowled out for 177 in their penultimate over.
Skipper Darren Croft bowled a miserly opening spell, going for just 23 runs from nine overs, while Stephens was picking up his wickets at the other end. Horley bowled Caterham out well short of the target and are 29 points ahead of the sixth-placed team in the league.
Horley 2nd XI 187-3 (32.2 overs), Godalming 2nd XI 185 all out (45 overs). Horley won by seven wickets.
Andrew Burbidge had quite a match in Horley 2nds’ win over Godalming, taking five wickets and scoring 90.
Tom Livermore made two early breakthroughs and Horley skipper Darren Croft one, to have the visitors struggling. Then, an excellent 114 run partnership from the visiting skipper Nigel Churaman, and Sean Burton saw them recover well.
Some controlled bowling from young Kaine Stephens and Shwetabh Singh stemmed the flow of runs before the introduction of Burbidge changed the momentum of the innings. He removed Burton for 51 and continued to take wickets in an excellent spell of bowling, finishing up with five for 15 off of just four overs.
In the final over Abdul Razzaq took the final wicket as Godalming posted 185 all out.
Horley’s run chase started with a flurry of runs from Dave Hyde, as he took the attack to the spin at both ends, but when he fell, the runs started to dry up and, with Saleem Nadir and Abdul Razzaq falling in quick succession, Horley were on just 37 for three.
This brought Singh and Burbidge together at the crease and through a combination of excellent running and some powerful hitting, they set about taking Horley to the target.
With Godalming dropping several catches, the pair continued to hit boundaries and for the second week in a row it was left to Burbidge to hit the winning runs, with a six back over the bowler’s head, to see Horley to a seven-wicket win. He certainly redeemed himself for the ten overthrows he conceded in the first innings!
This was a competitive, well-fought game between two clubs that are keen to give colts players a chance to play senior cricket and it was great to see so many youngsters on the field and making good contributions to the match.
Horley 2nd XI 155-6 (35.4 overs), Chaldon 2nd XI 154 all out (34.4 overs). Horley won by four wickets.
Chaldon opted to bat but Tom Livermore – returning after a five week injury – bowled really tightly as he opened the attack for Horley and Chaldon were soon in trouble.
Livermore dismissed the number two batsman for eight, caught by Andrew Burbidge, and had the number four lbw for a duck. At the other end colts player Aryan Patel (aged 14) was also bowling well. He bowled the number three, had the other opener caught by Naveed Sherwani and then dismissed the number five, caught and bowled.
Another 14-year-old colt, Zack Collins, came on to take a wicket and Abdul Razzaq picked up the last three, caught by Archie Longley, Collins and Adam Razzaq, dismissing Chaldon for 154.
Father and son Abdul and Adam Razzaq opened the batting and unfortunately Adam was out first ball. Saleem Nadir came in and supported Abdul for a while until Razzaq got an inside edge and was caught behind.
Patel batted at five and looked really comfortable facing adult bowling. He supported Saleem well until Saleem ran himself out, then Burbidge came to the crease and enjoyed a solid partnership with Patel until the colt was caught for 14.
In came Collins, who again really supported Burbidge even to the point where these two ran six runs, before Collins chipped one back to the bowler to fall for 19.
Naveed Sherwani came to the crease and made a quick 19 and Burbidge reached his fifty before Horley secured the win. Skipper Darren Croft was impressed with the colts and delighted with a great team performance all round.
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.