Horley Under-10s 263 (20 overs), Sanderstead Under-10s 251 (20 overs). Horley won by 12 runs
East Surrey Colts League Cup Final, Monday 16 July, The Ring.
Horley Under-10s won their League Cup final, edging home in a nail-biter against Sanderstead to secure the trophy.
Put in to bat, Horley’s first pair put on 14 in their four overs and the second pair, Oscar Davies and Artie Hoskins, both hit boundaries as they added 24 runs to the total.
Sanderstead’s best bowlers then came on and the score dipped as wickets fell in the next eight overs, so Horley found themselves on 223 with the last pair, Henry Grimwood and Ali Khan coming to the wicket.
With quick runs desperately needed, they found their feet quickly and hit four boundaries each without losing any wickets in a partnership of 40. Khan top-scored with 20, but the total of 263 would be tough to defend.
Aidan Spalding took a wicket in the first over and Khan, Sam Terry and Ollie Millard all followed with wickets of their own, leaving Sanderstead reeling at 195-5.
Hrishi Patel took the sixth wicket, then Grimwood got a runout, combining well with wicketkeeper Hoskins, who ran out another batter soon afterwards.
With 12 overs gone and two pairs to bat, Sanderstead were on 220 and although the next pair scored well, Millard and Grimwood both took wickets.
Sanderstead needed 22 to win in four overs from their last pair. Dan Sired bowled two tight overs, Khan bowled out one batsman and Spalding conceded just three runs in the final over to take Horley to victory.
It was a true team effort and Hoskins was named Player of the Match.
Oxted and Limpsfield Under-10s 284-7 (20 overs), Horley Under-10s 308 (20 overs). Horley won by 24 runs.
Horley opted to bat on a sweltering morning and all their pairs contributed to a good total of 308-4 from their 20 overs.
Dan Sired hit a couple of early fours while Ollie Millard and Joe Leaver also found the boundary and ran well. Matthew Girling drove several fours and Ali Khan and Aidan Spalding closed the innings well, both hitting boundaries and not losing any wickets.
Horley forced an early run-out to but Oxted on the back foot in their reply and Girling sent in an excellent throw for a direct-hit run-out a couple of overs later.
Skipper Oscar Hofmann took a wicket with a great catch by Khan and Oxted were behind the pace at 251-3 after 12 overs.
Another excellent direct hit run out from Hofmann, a caught and bowled from Sired and a clean bowled by Millard left Oxted struggling at 255-6 when the last pair came in to face the final four overs.
They hit a few good boundaries, but were pegged back by Alex Jay clean bowling their main man, and Horley won the match by 24 runs. Hofmann was named Player of the Match.
Merstham Under-10s 232 (20 overs), Horley Under-10s 349 (20 overs). Horley won by 117 runs.
Horley’s opening pair got this friendly match off to a good start, with Ali Khan hitting a six in the first over and Aidan Spalding hitting two fours.
At the end of their four overs they were unbeaten on 12 and 19 respectively.
The next pair, James Burgoyne and Sam Terry also kept their wickets in tact and took the score onto 273.
Joe Leaver and Alex Jay both hit some mighty blows while Artie Hoskins, Dan Sired and Henry Grimwood helped to take Horley’s total to an impressive 349, with Hoskins sweeping one ball for four on one knee and Grimwood hitting five boundaries on his way to making 24.
Horley’s opening bowlers, Spalding and Khan, bowled four consecutive maidens, with Spalding taking a wicket (bowled) in his second over.
Burgoyne claimed two wickets, one a great catch from Khan, and Spalding pulled off a direct hit run-out.
Hoskins took two wickets in his first over, Grimwood picked up one and bowled two maidens, the Khan took two wickets in the final over with a pair for virtually identical catches from Leaver. Merstham finished on 232 for 9.
Banstead Under-10s 269, Horley Under-10s 302. Horley won by 33 runs.
Horley made sure they stayed in touch with the league leaders with this win over Banstead.
After Ollie Millard and Hirishi Patel gave the Horley innings a steady start, the second pair of Oscar Davies and Artie Hoskins came in and Davies added ten to the total, while Hoskins was unlucky to be well caught from a great strike.
Sammy Bloch and James Burgoyne were hampered by quite a bit of wide bowling but both hit the boundary and didn’t lose any wickets in their four overs.
This took Horley’s score up to 242 with two pairs to come and Sam Terry and Dan Sired were again frustrated by wides and no balls, but took what opportunities they could to score and kept their wickets intact.
The final pair of Henry Grimwood and Alex Jay punished Banstead’s bowling with some aggressive running and four fours for Grimwood in a personal total of 20. After losing two wickets in the 19th over, the pair made amends with 13 runs and five extras in the final over to close the innings on 302.
Grimwood took a wicket in the first over of Banstead’s innings, with a catch from wicketkeeper Bloch.
Great bowling and good fielding kept the pressure on Banstead and Hoskins claimed a runout in the fourth over.
By the end of the eighth over, Banstead were 15 runs ahead of Horley’s score at the same stage but Horley began to take control and the hosts ended up falling well short of the required total.
Grimwood ended up with two wickets, Davies one and Player of the Match Bloch also claimed one and kept wicket well during his stint behind the stumps.
Horley Under-10s 311 (20 overs), Limpsfield Chart Under-10s 224 (20 overs). Horley won by 87 runs.
Horley’s first pair of Matthew Girling and Oscar Hofmann made 27 from their four overs without losing a wicket then Oscar Davies and debutant Joseph Leaver continued to attack, but lost a couple of wickets in the process.
Khyan Patel and Sammy Bloch faced some tricky bowling but settled nicely and Patel hit a glorious cover drive for four.
After Artie Hoskins and Alex Jay moved the score along further, the final pair of skipper Sam Terry and Henry Grimwood came in with the score on 292 and Grimwood top-scored with 11 to set a total of 311.
Horley forced a run-out in the first over of Limpsfield’s reply, then Leaver took his first wicket and Terry grabbed two in his first hostile over.
Both Jay and Davies picked up a wicket following good pressure from Girling and Patel, then Hofmann bowled another batter.
Limpsfield tried to dig in but conceded another run-out and Horley closed out the game in style with Leaver taking his second wicket, the second of two catches by wicketkeeper Hoskins.
The home side won by a whopping 87 runs, with Patel being named Player of the Match.