Horley Under-15s 88-2 (14.2 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-15s 86-9 (20 overs), East Surrey Colts League, Wednesday 24 July, Horley Row. Horley won by eight wickets.
Horley Under-15s finished their East Surrey Colts League Division One season as runners-up in the table after beating Oxted and Limpsfield in their last match. They ended up just one point behind league champions Banstead, who beat Reigate Priory in their last game.
Freddie Holland bowled superbly in the win over Oxted, taking five wickets for just nine runs in his four overs. He started with a double-wicket maiden, then took two more wickets in his second over, bowling Matt Thomas with a particularly superb delivery.
Holland returned later in the match to dismiss opener Jocelyn Heaver, who was on 26., with his last ball.
Harry Grimwood took two wickets, both bowled, Udith Molanguri one, and Alex Field claimed the last wicket, caught by Shae Meacher, as Horley restricted Oxted to just 86-9 in their 20 overs.
Knowing a win would give them a chance of being champions – depending on Banstead’s result – Horley were keen to make short work of the chase, but both openers fell relatively cheaply and Horley were 25-2 when Meacher joined Aryan Patel at the crease.
Meacher was batting with a leg injury and finding running between the wickets very difficult, but he overcame this problem to hit some fine shots and made his highest-ever score of 28 not out, including six fours.
Patel ended up on 30 not out as this pair saw Horley home with 5.4 overs to spare.
Reigate Priory Under-15s 144-6 (20 overs), Horley Under-15s 145-4 (19.2 overs), East Surrey Colts League Cup semi-final, Monday 22 July, Betchworth, Horley won by six wickets.
Horley Under-15s are heading for the East Surrey Colts League Cup final after a last-over win at Reigate Priory in the semi-final.
Priory elected to bat and Sam Glynne-Jones survived what Horley thought was a clear stumping and went on to make 50 before retiring. He was well supported by Beau Deathridge with 31 and Jason Cole with 22 as Priory made the excellent score of 144 from their 20 overs.
Freddie Holland took two wickets for Horley and Ben Cooper, George Bowers and Aryan Patel one each.
Needing more than seven an over, Horley made a good start with Zack Collins and Christian Kelly putting on 55 for the first wicket before Kelly was out for 29. Collins went on to make 50 and retire, while Patel contributed 23 before he was dismissed by the first of three run-outs as Horley tried to chase down the total.
Udith Molanguri and Harry Grimwood were also run out in calling mix-ups with Cooper and Horley needed eight from the last over when Shae Meacher joined Cooper in the middle. Cooper decided to take the running of quick singles out of the equation, hitting two fours from the first two balls of the over to secure the win for Horley.
Horley Under-15s 150-5 (20 overs), Addiscombe Under-15s 145-6 (20 overs), NEC League, Thursday 27 July, Horley Row. Horley won by five runs
A lovely innings of 49 not out by Christian Kelly helped Horley Under-15s set a big total of 150 in their NEC match against Addiscombe but the visitors made Horley sweat for the victory.
Addiscombe needed 14 off the last over but a six hit by Max Symonds helped them reduce that to six needed from the last three balls. However, bowler Aryan Patel kept his cool and prevented any more scoring to see Horley home.
Horley opener Joe Willis was unlucky to be caught on the boundary for just two. Kelly came in at four and hit seven fours in his innings, but also ran singles and twos well. Zack Collins made a swift 40, featuring seven fours.
In reply Addiscombe put on 60 for the first wicket but were then reduced to 94 for six before the final partnership almost earned the win. Patel, bowling leg-spin instead of his usual pace, took four wickets, including a terrific diving catch from Willis and a stumping by Kelly. The keeper also got a stumping off Shae Meacher’s bowling and Ben Cooper took the other wicket. Horley are now second in the North-East and Central Surrey Colts League.
Horley Under-15s 141-3 (20 overs), Merstham Under-15s 52 all out (13.3 overs), East Surrey Colts League, Merstham CC, Wednesday 26 July, Horley won by 89 runs.
Horley’s East Surrey Colts League Under-15s team moved to joint top in the table with a big win at Merstham.
After both Horley openers were out for ducks, Aryan Patel and Christian Kelly rebuilt the innings, making 53 (retired) and 41 respectively. Zack Collins hit a quick 17 not out and Ben Cooper eight not out to take Horley to a total of 141 for three from their 20 overs.
Merstham were reduced to two for two early in their reply after Joe Willis ran out Noah Young in the first over and Alex Field bowled the other opener, Luca Retter, for just two. Field bowled Matt Retter in his next over and under-13s player Evan Grimwood then had Edward Cecil caught by Willis.
The wickets continued to tumble, with Cooper taking two in one over, plus a catch for Grimwood’s second wicket, Will Agombar (two overs, one maiden, one wicket for one run) bowling Merstham skipper James Cripps, and Shae Meacher taking the final wicket caught and bowled. Merstham, who had two batters run out without facing a ball, were all out for 52.
Old Rutlishians Under-15s 101 all out (23.4 overs), Horley Under-15s 217-3 (24 overs), NEC League, Sunday 2 June, Old Ruts. Horley won by 116 runs.
Horley opener Christian Kelly hit 113 not out (retired) as Horley’s Under-15s picked up a big win in the NEC League.
Kelly and Shae Meacher put on an opening stand of 82 and after Meacher was dismissed, Kelly continued to pepper the boundary with dozens of fours. With his powerful hitting, he gave a couple of chances – not least when he was dropped going for a six to reach 100 – but it was an excellent innings.
Cameron Newton made 19 and Aryan Patel was not out 27 as Horley ended up on 217 for three from their 24 overs.
Horley reduced Old Ruts to 21 for four inside five overs with Ben Cooper bowling both openers and Freddie Holland bowling the number three.
Cooper ended up with three wickets (3-28 from five overs) while Alex Field (2-11) and Jacob Burton – in his first game - picked up two each and Holland took a second in his second spell. Only three Old Ruts batters reached double figures as Horley bowled them out for just 101 runs to record their third NEC win out of three this season.
Horley Under-15s 176-6 (20 overs), Merstham Under-15s 115-5 (20 overs).Horley won by 61 runs.
Horley Under-15s made a winning start to their East Surrey Colts League season with a strong all-round performance against Merstham.
Joe Willis, a new recruit for Horley, who plays age-grade cricket for Sussex and adult cricket for Horsham, hit a 29-ball 55 on debut. His knock included four sixes – one of which went out of the ground – and seven fours, and by finishing with a six he made the highest possible score for an individual batsman in this age group, as the retirement mark is 50.
Horley’s total of 176 for six from 20 overs included an unbeaten 37 from Zack Collins and 31 for Aryan Patel, while Bailey Warren was unlucky to be run-out at the non-strikers end for 17 when a powerful shot from Collins ricocheted off the bowler’s leg and hit the stumps.
Horley’s opening bowlers, Freddie Holland and Alex Field, kept it tight. After starting with a maiden, Field bowled Luca Retter in his second over and Ben Cooper had Aditya Chougule caught by Harry Grimwood, before Grimwood himself bowled Edward Cecil.
Wicket keeper Christian Kelly produced a bit of smart work to collect a throw from Willis and run out Liam Barry, and after James Cripps (38 not out) and Matthew Greaves (21) put on a 46-run partnership for the next wicket, Holland had Greaves caught by Collins. Merstham finished well short of their target on 115 for five.