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.