Horley 2nd XI 165-8 (45 overs), Shepperton 2nd XI 102 all out (37.4 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 24 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 63 runs.
Horley 2nd XI fulfilled their season’s target by winning the Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One title thanks to a 63-run victory over Shepperton 2nd XI.
Horley are an astonishing 45 points clear of the second-placed side, London Gymkhana, with a game still to play and have lost just one league match out of 15.
The triumphant skipper, Darren Croft, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who has played, be it in one game or every game. It has been an amazing season for Horley Cricket Club, showing that with hard work, team ethic, dedication, support and commitment you can achieve anything.
“Andrew Thomas has done a great job behind the stumps as wicket keeper and scored his first hundred this year, Andrew Burbidge has done a great job with the bat and scored two league hundreds, Chris Cosham has been outstanding with his bowling, taking his personal best 8 for 53.
“A massive thank you to everyone involved, especially the colts that have played for the 2nds, Aryan Patel, Zack Collins, Christian Kelly and Alex Field - all of them have stood up and done a fantastic job in senior cricket.”
In the title-clinching match, Shepperton put Horley in and the hosts made 165 for eight from 45 overs, with Lewis Tomkins top-scoring on 57, Matt Gainsford making 24, Stewart Warren 22 and Josh Mason 21.
Horley then bowled Shepperton out for 102. Matt Puttick (22-2) removed both openers while Cosham (24-4) dismissed batters three to six - two bowled, one lbw and one caught by Fizul Nadir - as well as taking two catches.
Skipper Croft took three wickets and Andrew Burbidge joined the attack and took the final wicket with his fourth ball to secure the league title for Horley.
London Gymkhana 2nd XI 165-9 (45 overs), Horley 2nd XI 158 all out (45 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 17 August, London Gymkhana. Horley lost by seven runs.
Horley 2nd XI secured promotion from the Surrey County League Division One despite suffering their first defeat of the league season, and need just one point from their remaining two games to be crowned champions.
On a damp track, skipper Darren Croft put London Gymkhana in and good bowling from Matt Puttick and Tom Livermore saw a few flashes go tantalizingly close to hands in the backward point region.
Wickets fell regularly throughout the innings with every bowler chipping in. The pick of them was Alex Rooney (three for 18) who, for the second week running, was unlucky not to take a five-for.
Gymkhana finishing strongly and made 165 all out, with Horley knowing the bonus points they had amassed were enough to secure promotion.
Horley’s chase started shakily as they struggled to three for three, then Aryan Patel and Sam Bracken looked to rebuild the innings and rotated the strike well, waiting for the bad delivery. A mix-up saw Bracken run out for 38 and Patel then kicked on but was bowled for a good 47.
Horley’s tail did their best to wag but ultimately fell just short as Basheer took six for 20 on a minefield of a track and Horley were bowled out for 158.
Horley 2nd XI 118-5 (28.1 overs), Long Ditton 2nd XI 114 all out (39.3 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 3 August, Horley Row. Horley won by five wickets.
Horley 2nd XI made it four league wins on the bounce with a five-wicket triumph over Long Ditton which leaves Horley 15 points clear at the top of the Surrey County League 2nd Xi Division One, with a game in hand over the teams in second and third.
Long Ditton chose to bat first but were bowled out for just 114. Matt Puttick bowled both openers and ended up with figures of nine overs, three maidens, two wickets for 11 runs. Chris Cosham took three wickets for 22 and Darren Croft three for 32, while Aryan Patel and Saleem Nadir picked up a wicket each.
Horley passed Long Ditton’s total with time to spare, making 118 for the loss of five wickets. Opener Dave Hyde top-scored with 43, Andrew Thomas made 25 and Puttick 20.
This Saturday Horley will hope to further extend their winning run, as they travel away to Sheen Park, who are in the bottom half of the table.
Horley 2nd XI 126-4 (27.2 overs), Godalming 2nd XI 125 all out (42.3 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division 1, Saturday 20 July, Horley Row. Horley won by six wickets.
Horley 2nd XI maintained their 21-point lead at the top of the league with a win over Godalming.
Horley skipper Darren Croft put the visitors in on a green and wet wicket and his opening bowlers bowled tight lines, with Matt Puttick moving the ball away and Chris Cosham angling it in.
The breakthrough came with Puttick dismissing Dominic Coakley for two, caught behind by Andrew Thomas, and Puttick claimed the next two wickets to make the score 50 for 3 after 18 overs. Aryan Patel joined the attack with his leg breaks, working well in tandem with Croft’s off breaks at the other end. Pressure accumulated until 15-year-old Patel picked up three wickets, two caught by Puttick and one caught and bowled. Croft took one wicket, caught by Andrew Burbidge.
The last change in bowlers saw Jonathan Barnett come on and he cleaned up the remaining batsmen quickly, taking three wickets in 3.3 overs, including Godalming’s top scorer Nigel Churaman (39), caught by Zack Collins. Godalming were all out for 125.
Horley’s reply opened with the expansive Barnett and 15-year-old Christian Kelly getting stuck into the Godalming bowlers. With some excellent running between the wickets and lovely cover drives and pull shots, the pair raced to 45, when unfortunately, Kelly pulled at one too many and was caught and bowled by Finn Bickerdike.
Burbidge came in looking determined to see his side home but a few overs later, with another 13 runs on the board, Barnett took on a big shot and was bowled by Bickerdike for 44.
Thomas joined Burbidge and the pair built an excellent 66-run partnership, taking Horley to 124, with just one run needed for victory.
Mild panic ensued as Thomas was caught for 38 trying to hit the winning runs. With the batters having crossed, Burbidge was now on strike and he too was caught off the next ball, having made 27.
Now Ashley Yeo had to face the hat-trick ball from Oscar Roberts and he survived that, then Collins – like Patel and Kelly, a member of the club’s under-15s side – hit the winning runs for Horley in the next over.
Horley 2nd XI 206-8 declared (44.2 overs), Churt 2nd XI 152 all out (47.4 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 13 July, Churt CC. Horley won by 54 runs.
A career-best bowling performance of eight wickets for 53 by Chris Cosham helped Horley 2nd XI beat Churt and extend their lead at the top of the Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One.
He bowled a mammoth 17.4 over spell and took the final wicket with three overs of the match remaining.
Having lost yet another toss Horley were put into bat on an indifferent surface. After Andrew Thomas fell early, 15-year-old Christian Kelly was joined by the experienced Stuart MacPherson and together they steadied the ship with Kelly playing some fine shots.
After drinks Kelly was dismissed for a well-played 27 to kick-start his senior career. Joined by Richard Waddington, MacPherson stepped on the gas hitting one over for 14 runs, including a straight six. MacPherson departed on 49 and Waddington followed for 30, but other contributions came from Andrew Burbidge, 29, Aryan Patel, 18, and Fizul Nadir, 15.
Horley skipper Darren Croft made a smart declaration on 204 giving Horley 51 overs to bowl Churt out.
Churt made a slow and steady start to the chase, not losing a wicket in the first 18 overs, but then Cosham got Horley going by clean bowling the impressive Dominic Saint for 24.
As Churt only had ten players, Horley needed just nine wickets and they began to fall at regular intervals with Cosham doing all of the damage.
Six of his victims were clean bowled and the other two were caught by Burbidge and Waddington. Matt Puttick took the other wicket, clean bowled, but Cosham closed the match out with 16 balls to spare.
With Shepperton losing, Horley take firm control at the top of Division One with a 21-point lead. This weekend they host Godalming.
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.
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 2nd XI 88-2 (18 overs), London Gymkhana 84 all out (27.2 overs). Surrey County League 2nd XI Division one, Saturday 15 June, Horley Row.
Horley 2nds kept up their 100% winning record in County League Division One this season, making short work of beating third-placed London Gymkhana.
Skipper Darren Croft elected to field first and his opening bowlers, Chris Cosham and 15- year-old Aryan Patel made a fine start, taking early wickets in great spells.
Cosham ended up with five wickets for 35 from his 12 overs, including two maidens. Two of his wickets were clean bowled and the others were catches from Anthony Puttick, Stuart MacPherson and Andrew Burbidge.
Puttick took three wickets for 24, including a caught-and-bowled, Patel took one for 14 from six overs and Matt Gainsford took one for seven as London Gymkhana were bowled out for 84.
Horley openers Andrew Thomas and Dave Hyde got the hosts off to a great start and put on an excellent partnership, which was broken when Thomas was caught on 45. Soon after, Hyde was out lbw for 24. MacPherson and Puttick came in and finished off the run chase to seal Horley’s sixth league win on the bounce. Horley remain joint top of the league with Shepperton, who they travel to play this Saturday.
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.
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