Dorking Under-11s 73-11 (net 207) 20 overs, Horley Under-11s 149-4 (net 325) 20 overs. East Surrey Colts League, Monday, 3 June, Westhumble cricket ground. Horley won by 118 runs.
Horley Under-11s enjoyed a big ESCL win over Dorking U11s, making it three wins out of three for this team this season.
After losing an early wicket, Horley captain Khyan Patel steadied the ship and the team began to punish the Dorking bowlers with some great batting, most notably Aidan Spalding (15), Mathew Girling (16), Oscar Davies (20) and Ollie Millard (16). Dorking came back and took three more wickets before the end, leaving Horley with a net score of 325 to defend.
The opening bowlers Spalding and Dan Sired, both started with double-wicket maidens. The rest of the Horley team kept the Dorking batsman pinned to their crease with accurate bowling and sharp fielding. Further wickets fell to James Burgoyne (2), Davies (2), Mathew Girling and another two to Spalding and Horley won by 118 runs.
Horley Under-11s 74 all out (17 overs), Sanderstead Under-11s 45 all out (9 overs), NEC League Two, Sunday 2 June, Smallfield CC.
Horley Under-11s maintained their winning start to their NEC League season with a convincing victory over Sanderstead.
Batting first, Horley lost a couple of early wickets before Ali Khan and Sonny Perkins steadied the ship. Artie Hoskins, with 10, and Henry Grimwood, with 13, were the only two Horley batters to reach double figures as Horley were bowled out for 74 in 17 overs.
Dan Sired and Khan then produced fast and accurate bowling to go through the Sanderstead top order, with the top four all failing to score. Sired took four of the first five wickets – three clean bowled and one lbw - and Khan picked up the other.
Sanderstead fought back but Ollie Millard joined the attack and took three wickets in one over and the inevitable victory was completed when Sam Terry and Joe Leaver took the last two wickets, to bowl Sanderstead out for 45 inside nine overs.
Horley Under-11s 74 all out, Wimbledon Under-11s 69 all out. Horley won by five runs.
Horley Under-11s enjoyed a winning debut in the tough NEC League, which is a level higher than the ESC League they have played in until now.
Horley batted first with Wimbledon’s strike bowlers peppering Horley’s openers with pace and taking the first three wickets with only nine runs on the board.
Good hitting from Henry Grimwood (17) and Matt Girling (11) then steadied the ship, with Grimwood striking four boundaries before falling to a fine catch.
The tail failed to pick up the pace of the pitch with the remaining wickets falling cheaply leaving Horley to defend a total of 74 all-out.
Following a rousing team talk from manager Danny Patel, ten-man Horley took to the field with a spring in their steps and belief in their heads.
The opening bowling pair of Ali Khan and Joe Leaver got Horley off to the start they needed with two wickets in the first three overs. Grimwood and Dan Sired then kept the pressure on with three wickets in their spell of four overs.
Horley debutant Sam Armitage joined the attack next with his distinctive round-arm action, taking a wicket with his first ball and then a second in his first over. He was ably complemented by the spin of Khyan Patel at the other end.
The final bowling pair then joined the attack with lightning quick pace from man-of-the-match, Girling and Sam Terry, who got up from his sick-bed to help out the team.
As Wimbledon closed in on the Horley total, Girling and Terry picked off the final wickets, with wicket keeper Artie Hoskins running out the Wimbledon number 11 to give Horley a deserved five run win against quality opposition.