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.
Horley 2nd XI 207 all out (43.3 overs), Roehampton 2nd XI 212-9 (50 overs). Roehampton won by five runs.
Horley Seconds lost narrowly to Roehampton in a thrilling finish to a high-scoring game.
Horley put Roehampton into bat and dropped some early catches, so the visitors took full advantage reaching 175 for two from their first 35 overs.
From there Horley fought back with a superb long haul bowling performance from Tom Livermore finishing with figures of 19 overs, four maidens, five wickets for 74 runs.
He was amply supported by Rob Rigby who took two wickets to restrict Roehampton to 212 from their 50 overs.
Dave Hyde (33) and Richard Waddington (69) propelled Horley‘s reply to a flying start with 77 runs coming from the first seven overs.
Hyde was dismissed lbw but Horley continued scoring quickly with Andrew Burbidge hitting 14 runs from his first three balls.
Waddington was out just before drinks and more wickets fell just after.
With all results possible in the closing stages, Horley were dismissed five runs short, despite notable contributions from Burbidge (28) and Rigby (23).
Next week Horley, who are fourth in the table, play front runners Kenley.
Wallington 2nd XI 100 all out, Horley 2nd Xl 104-4. Horley win.
Horley seconds gain comfortable win.
Horley skipper Darren Croft won an important toss and didn’t hesitate in asking the opposition to bat first.
A superb bowling performance from Horley enabled them to dismiss Wallington for 100.
A bowling masterclass from the experienced Abdul Razzaq with a magnificent spell of 6 for 11 off his 9 overs was the pick of the bowlers. Tom Livermore gained a further 3 wickets with the final one falling to young off spinner Ben Remfry.
In reply Horley openers Ben Remfry and Dave Hyde got off to a solid start adding 33 for the first wicket. Despite the loss of a couple of middle order wickets Ben Remfry 48 not out and Fazir Nadir 12 not out saw Horley home to a comfortable 6 wicket win inside 30 overs.
Wallington 2nd XI 100 all out - 1 point
Horley 2nd Xl 104-4 20 points.
Chaldon CMO CC 2nd XI 249-6 (40 overs), Horley 2nd XI 133 all out (31.5 overs). Chaldon won by 116 runs.
Horley were well beaten by Chaldon despite winning the toss and electing to field.
Chaldon batted strongly from the outset against opening bowlers Chris Cosham and Darren Croft. Abdul Razzaq made the first breakthrough and ended up with three wickets, while Andrew Thomas took two and Andrew Burbidge and Croft one each.
Horley lost early wickets in their reply and continued to see batters dismissed at regular intervals. Cosham top-scored for Horley with 29 not out while Fizal Nadir made 21, but Horley could only make 133.