Horley Strollers 171 all out (37.2 overs), Lingfield Sunday First XI 223-4 (40 overs), Sunday 21 July, Horley Row. Lingfield won by 52 runs.
An unbeaten century from Robert Style (101, retired) enabled Lingfield’s Sunday XI to set a tough total of 223 from 40 overs and although Horley’s Strollers made a good attempt at chasing it, they came up 52 runs short.
Robbie McKenzie made 51 for Lingfield before Callum Tester had him caught by Dave Childs, while Tom Clargo took two wickets – one caught behind by Kieran Childs – and claimed a run-out.
Needed over five an over, Horley lost early wickets and were 17-3 but then Abdul Razzaq and Clargo put on a partnership of 63 for the next wicket, before Razzaq was run out for 15. Another quick wicket followed but when Clargo was joined by Nick Waddington, they made 63 together, before Clargo fell for 77 from 98 balls (five sixes and nine fours).
Waddington went on to make 37 but no one could stick with him long enough to give Horley a chance of victory and they were bowled out for 171 in the 38th over.
Horley Sunday Strollers 166-8 (28.1 overs), Outwood Millermen 165-7 (30 overs), Sunday 14 July, Outwood Cricket Club. Horley won by two wickets.
Horley’s Sunday Strollers chased down a daunting total of 165 in their 30-over match at Outwood to win for the second week in succession.
Outwood batted well to set their tough total. Their top scorer was J Hipkins who retired on 43, including seven fours and one six, although he was dropped four times. D Nelson also retired on 40 including seven fours.
Calum Tester took three for 43 from five overs, Naveed Sherwani took one for 24 and Lauren Waddington proved very tough to score from and took one for 21.
In reply, Horley always managed to keep up with the high scoring rate they needed. After losing a wicket on the first ball, Dave Childs and Craig Macfarlane put on 40 for the second wicket, with Macfarlane’s 12 including a six.
They both fell in the same over to B Briggs, with Childs making 26 from 28 balls, including three fours and a six.
Number four Nick Waddington batted through to finish on 19 not out, while Sherwani retired on 40 not out, including five fours and two sixes.
Horley reached 124-5 but then lost three quick wickets. However, Tester came in at 11 and made 32 not out, including seven fours, to see Horley home with 11 balls to spare.
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 Strollers 172-7 (35 overs), West Hoathly 171-8 (35 overs), Sunday 16 June, Horley Row. Horley Strollers won by three wickets.
A quickfire 54 from Chris Allen helped Horley’s Sunday Strollers to a three-wicket win over a West Hoathly side which included several young colts.
The backbone of West Hoathly’s innings was provided by teenage opener J Gould who made 77 not out. Horley sportingly sent him back when he was given out in error early on and when he was just short of 50 he survived what Horley thought was a catch behind the stumps, batting on to help set a good total for the Strollers to chase.
The pick of Horley’s bowlers was Alex Field with figures of seven overs, two maidens, two for 20. His second spell included two wicket-maidens – the first wicket bowled with his first ball of the spell and the second a caught-and-bowled in the following over.
Kieron Childs took two wicket and Craig MacFarlane and Colin Terry one each. Deepal Ahangama, who played for Horley from 1986 to 2013 and is among the club’s leading wicket-takers, was making a guest appearance while on a visit from Sri Lanka and he also took one wicket.
Field got a run-out and Charlie Robins, Ben Payne and MacFarlane all took catches.
The Strollers lost three early wickets in their reply but then Allen and Robins came together at the crease and put on a fine fourth-wicket partnership, with Allen peppering the boundary. He was caught for 54 with the score on 98, and, with only 14 overs gone, Horley were well ahead of the run-rate.
Robins went on to make 45 not out and was well supported by Childs, who made 18, and Terry, with nine, before MacFarlane hit the winning runs.
Horley Strollers 122-5 (23 overs), Sunbury 119 all out (22 overs), Sunday 2 June, Horley Row. Horley won by five wickets.
Horley’s Sunday Strollers achieved a comfortable win over Sunbury, bowling the visitors out for 119 in 22 overs and then passing that score for the loss of five wickets in the 23rd over.
Sunbury batted first and Callum Tester took two early wickets, then father and son Dave and Kieran Childs got one each to reduce the visitors to 46 for four.
Alex Field and Leon Watson joined the attack and cleaned up the remaining wickets, with one batter run out by Nick Waddington. Field, the youngest player at the age of 14, took two for 11 from three overs, including a wicket maiden, and Watson got the final two batsmen out off consecutive balls, so he will be on a hat-trick in the next game.
Horley’s openers made a strong start, with Kieran Childs making 26 and Saleem Nadir 23. After a couple of cheaper wickets, Naveed Sherwani and Tester saw Horley home with some lusty blows, making 25 not out and 16 not out respectively.
Horley Strollers 207-6 (35 overs), Blackboys 208-6 (34.3 overs), Friendly match.
Horley’s Sunday Strollers lost a high-scoring game by four wickets, despite having a couple of first-teamers in their ranks.
Ben Davis was the pick of the Horley batsmen, scoring 89 before being bowled while trying sweep.
Chris Allen was in great form on his return after a spell umpiring instead of playing, and he retired on 57 not out. Kieran Childs scored 17, Zack Collins 12 and Saleem Nadir 11 in a Horley total of 207 for six from 35 overs (a rain shower reduced the match from its original 40 overs).
In the reply the openers put on 46 before the first wicket fell to Colin Terry, caught by Nadir.
Trevor Stevens took the second wicket in the 24th over, with 129 on the board, before 14-year-old Alex Field – who had gone for just 11 runs off his first four overs - took the third wicket clean bowled, with the last ball of the 25th over.
By now Blackboys were scoring quickly and playing on through some pouring rain, as opener J Britton chased his first-ever century. Sadly for him, he was bowled by Dave Childs for 95 but he had done a lot of damage to Horley’s hopes of a win.
Next ball, Childs claimed a second wicket, out lbw. Leon Watson took a brilliant catch for Childs’ third wicket before Blackboys hit the winning runs in the final over.
Blindley Heath 72-1, (9.5 overs), Horley Strollers 70 all out (28.1 overs). Blindley Heath won by nine wickets.
Horley’s Sunday Strollers lost a one-sided match against a strong Blindley Heath team which included a handful of first-team players.
Martyn March top-scored for the Strollers with 19, while Naveed Sherwani made 14 and Nick Waddington 11 as Horley were bowled out for just 70.
Blindley Heath opened their reply with two very strong batters and raced past the total in just under 10 overs. Callum Tester took the only wicket for Horley, with Craig MacFarlane taking the catch.
Eltham Cricket Club 203 all out (32 overs), Horley Strollers 103 all out (21.2 overs), Horley Row, Sunday 28 April.
After winning the toss and electing to field in this 40 over game, Horley got off to a strong start, restricting Eltham to just 12 runs before Chris Cosham took the first wicket.
Some strong batting from P Swain, who made 88, saw Eltham bat themselves into the game, but two wickets from Naveed Sherwani and another three from Cosham – who finished on 4-28 from eight overs - helped Horley towards the finish line.
Leon Watson also grabbed a pair of wickets and Martyn March and Alex Gaynor took one each as Eltham were bowled out for 203.
Horley started their innings well with Richard Waddington high scoring with 26. They were ahead of the run-rate for a while, with runs from Nick Waddington and Colin Terry edging them closer to the target.
However, a collapse of six wickets for just 27 runs left the hosts 100 runs short as they were bowled out for just 103.
Eltham 195 all out (34.3 overs), Horley Strollers- 171-8 (40 overs). Eltham won by 24 runs.
Horley elected to field first in the deciding game of a series of three against Eltham.
Eltham’s opening batsmen made steady progress for the first wicket, but then a mix up between them resulted in a great runout from Colin Terry.
A bowling change saw Craig Macfarlane take the second wicket with a great ball which trapped the batsman lbw, and Terry then bowled the other Eltham opener on 49.
Another inspired bowling change from the skipper Nick Waddington saw Graham McNeill take the next wicket and Stewart Warren picked up two more for 12 runs off five overs.
Eltham were six wickets down when Leon Watson was brought on to bowl and a great catch from Terry gave him a wicket in his first over.
Kaine Stephens and Callum Tester then finished the innings by taking the last two wickets, finishing with 1-13 and 1-9 respectively meaning Eltham were bowled out for 195.
Horley’s innings got off to a stuttering start with the first five wickets falling for 55 runs. Waddington and Warren got the innings back on track with an 88 run partnership before Waddington fell on 48. Warren battled on to get his 50 and his innings came to an end when he was bowled on 56.
Their partnership meant Horley were back in the game and Stephens hit 13 off 16 balls late on, but it proved to be too late with Horley falling 24 runs short and finishing on 171-8 after 40 overs.
Udith Molanguri became the first of this year’s Horley Under-13s players to make an appearance for one of the club’s adult sides, when he turned out for the Sunday Strollers against Jamaican Pirates from Hove.
Molanguri, aged 13, took two wickets for ten runs from his five overs (one bowled and one lbw) as Pirates were bowled out for 197. He then made 28 runs in Horley’s reply, but the team fell short at 132 all out.
Zack Collins, from Horley Under-14s, also had a great game, taking four wickets for 33 runs and top-scoring for Horley with 37.