Horley put out two Sunday Strollers teams on the same day and beat Ifield by 67 runs, but lost at Balcombe by 33 runs.
At Ifield, the Strollers made 216-1 from 40 overs with Danyal Razzaq hitting 87 not out, Andrew Longley retiring on 52 and George Heise making 43 not out.
Colin Terry was the star turn with the ball, picking up five wickets for 16 runs in 5.2 overs, including a hat-trick, as Ifield were bowled out for 149. Tyler Nevill took three wickets.
At Balcombe, the hosts made 204 for seven from their 40 overs. Callum Tester took three wickets for Horley, Evan Grimwood two and Craig Macfarlane one, with Alex Field getting a direct-hit run-out.
Grimwood top-scored in Horley’s reply, the 13-year-old making an excellent 56 – his first senior 50 for Horley - while Kieran Childs got 41 and Field 24. Cameron Bennett, playing his first-ever match, scored seven.
Horley Strollers 233-5 (40 overs), Felbridge and Sunnyside 69 all out (37.3 overs), Sunday 11 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 164 runs.
Christian Kelly scored his first century in senior cricket when he made 101 not out for Horley Strollers in their win over Felbridge and Sunnyside.
Kelly, 15, has made two age-grade centuries for the club and this first senior ton came in just 79 balls. He came in when Horley were 30-2 and mixed classic shots with some hefty slogs in a very impressive innings which included 13 fours and one six.
Another colt, 14-year-old Udith Molanguri made 49 in the Strollers’ total of 233 from 40 overs and Tom Livermore was 40 not out.
Felbridge and Sunnyside, who also had a clutch of colts in their team, never looked like matching Horley. Alex Field, 14, took the first two wickets, both caught by Kelly, then skipper Dave Childs got a caught and bowled before Colin Terry claimed a wicket with another Kelly catch.
Saleem Nadir dismissed the next batter, caught by Tom Clargo, then Molanguri took three wickets with his spin, one caught by Livermore and two clean bowled, before Childs cleaned up the last two, lbw and bowled, to dismiss the visitors for 69. Childs’ figures were three for eight from 6.3 overs, Molanguri took three for five from four overs and Field two for 15 from seven overs.
Lingfield Sunday XI 187-6 (42 overs), Horley Sunday Strollers 145 all out (31.2 overs), Sunday 4 August, Newchapel.
A great knock of 70 by Bharath Reddy was not enough to take Horley Strollers to victory over Lingfield on Sunday.
Lingfield set an imposing total of 187 on the small Newchapel ground, recovering from losing opener James McLean to a direct-hit run-out by Richard Waddington in the first over.
Callum Tester and Colin Terry bowled an excellent opening spell for the Strollers, conceding just 15 runs from the first 12 overs, but then the other opener, Martin Britt, started to swing the bat and he scored a fine 79 before Terry had him caught by Naveed Sherwani.
Evan Grimwood, playing his first Strollers match at the age of 13, got the second wicket, having Imtiaz Trask smartly caught by Reddy. Grimwood later took a catch for one of Lauren Waddington’s two wickets and Richard Waddington took the Strollers’ other scalp.
After losing Graham Brookes early, Horley’s reply went well with Reddy and Michael Ryan putting on 98 for the second wicket in quick time.
Then a swarm of flying ants began to plague the batters and they all found it difficult to concentrate and keep up with the require run-rate, with fading light not helping matters. Ryan made 30, but apart from him and Reddy, no one else got out of single figures and Horley’s last seven wickets fell for less than 20 runs.
Horley Strollers 243-6 (40 overs), I Don’t Like Cricket XI 177 all out (32.2 overs), Sunday 4 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 66 runs.
The previous weekend, Horley Strollers were put into bat by the I Don’t Like Cricket Club and the visitors probably regretted that decision when Abdul Razzaq made 87 not out. Kieran Childs made a handy 20 and Andrew Burbidge hit a quickfire 86 as the Strollers finished on 243 for six in 40 overs.
IDLC didn’t start their reply well as Dave Childs took two wickets in his first over and finished with figures of 35 for three. Saleem Nadir also took three wickets, for 16 runs, and the other wickets were taken by Zack Collins (two for 20), Kaine Stephens (1-22) and Kieran Childs (1-32). The Strollers won comfortably as IDLC were bowled out for 177.
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.
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