Horley Under-9s 253 (20 overs), Merstham Under-9s 307 (20 overs). Merstham won by 54 runs.
Horley Under-9s welcomed Merstham for their final league game of the season and, after putting the visitors in, showed how far they’ve come this season with some excellent bowling and organised fielding.
They had to wait until the eighth over before Ruben Money claimed the first of his two wickets. Riley Hill soon followed with an equally excellent delivery, before Charlie George took a catch from the bowling of Thomas Hitchman.
A superb effort from Charlie Webber saw him bowl, field and then hit the stumps with an accurate throw for a run-out. Merstham finished on 307 for 5.
Although this seemed like an achievable target to reach, Horley struggled to post runs against Merstham’s quality bowling. Only Webber, Ryan Smith and George weren’t out during their four overs at the crease, with the latter posting a four.
The game was effectively over before the closing pair of Luke Benjamin and Alex Mutton started their innings but they battled on with the latter smashing two huge sixes before Horley finished on 253 for 12.
Horley Under-9s 276 (20 overs), Reigate Priory Under-9s 308 (20 overs). Priory won by 32 runs.
Horley welcomed Reigate Priory for their penultimate league game of the season and Priory’s opening bowlers posted plenty of dot balls against Horley’s opening pair of Charlie Webber and captain Riley Hill.
Luke Benjamin, in the third pairing, claimed Horley’s first four of the match, while Ryan Smith hit two fours in a good partnership with Thomas Hitchman. The closing pair, Alex Mutton and Finley Jakins, gave a much needed boost to Horley’s total, making 35 between them including two sixes and three fours from Mutton, but also lost a couple of wickets.
Reigate Priory had a score of 276 to chase and quickly stated their intentions with two fours in the first over.
Horley then managed to keep the run rate down with plenty of dot balls and singles before Reigate started to find the boundary again.
Smith, Ruben Money and Beau Money all took a wicket for Horley with Mutton and Jakins claiming two each, but an outstanding diving catch by Benjamin in the final over had to be the wicket of the day.
It was Reigate Priory who claimed victory though as they finished the match on 308.
Horley Under-9s 278, Salfords Under-9s 339. Salfords won.
Horley Under-9s struggled against some good bowling when they welcomed Salfords on Saturday. Choosing to bat first, the innings couldn’t have started better for Horley when Riley Hill hit his first ever six off the first ball as he and partner Charlie Webber went on to post a respectable score between them.
Horley’s second pair of Finley Jakins and Beau Money didn’t fare so well, as they fell to a brilliant hat-trick by Salfords Luca Molinari.
Luke Benjamin and Alex Mutton both also fell to Salfords bowling, although the latter hit two sixes and a four.
Jason Kennedy and Ruben Money struggled as Salfords chalked up several dot balls against them though Money found the boundary for a four.
Ryan Smith also scored two sixes as he closed the innings for Horley with partner Thomas Hitchman who scored his first ever four.
In the field, Horley started off well again with Hill and Ruben Money keeping Salfords’ run rate down with plenty of dot balls and no extras.
Jakins, Beau Money, Smith, Mutton and Benjamin all claimed a wicket each, as did wicket keeper Webber with a catch behind off a delivery by Jakins.
It wasn’t enough though as Salfords took their chances notching up plenty of singles from good running and some occasional loose fielding by Horley.
Newdigate Under-9s 306-1 (20 overs), Horley Under-9s 317-4 (20 overs)
Horley Under-9s travelled to Newdigate for their third league game of the season and came away with their first victory.
Captain Alex Mutton put Newdigate in and Horley’s bowlers were let down by a disappointing number of wide and no balls. Ryan Smith was unlucky not to take a wicket and Ruben Money claimed Horley’s only victim with a brilliant straight ball taking out the middle stump.
Wicketkeeper Charlie Webber was reliable behind the stumps to ensure that Newdigate were unable to steal too many singles. They closed their innings with a run total of 306 for Horley to chase.
Riley Hill and Webber opened the batting for Horley with the latter claiming two fours off two consecutive balls.
Ryan Smith and Thomas Hitchman posted a respectable 17 runs between them with Smith also striking two fours, while Ruben Money and Oscar Millard were Horley’s only pair not to concede a wicket.
When Mutton and Finley Jakins came in to close the batting for Horley, they needed to score 18 runs to secure the win. They showed their intent from the start as Mutton hit the first of his three fours from the first delivery he faced. Despite losing a wicket to an amazing one-handed catch, they safely saw out the last few balls to bring home a well-deserved victory.
Horley Under-9s 289-8 (20 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-9s 329-8 (20 overs). Oxted and Limpsfield won by 40 runs.
Horley put the opposition into bat and Riley Hill made an early breakthrough helped by an excellent catch by Finley Jakins. It wasn’t long before Jakins claimed his second victim, this time as bowler with a delivery that, in the words of team mate Coby Warren, “exploded the stumps”!
Oxted and Limpsfield’s batsmen then settled in, hitting several fours and sixes before Thomas Hitchman made the catch of the day. The visitors soon lost a fourth and fifth wicket, this time to Ruben and Beau Money respectively.
Hitchman then claimed his second wicket with an incredible direct hit throw for a run out. Ryan Smith claimed the final wicket as Oxted and Limpsfield finished on 329.
Horley knew this would be a tough score to beat so took every opportunity to run singles. Hill hit several confident fours, as did Smith who also struck his first six. Alex Mutton also hit a couple of fours but the target set by Oxted and Limpsfield proved too high as Horley finished 40 runs short.
Sanderstead Under-9s 318 (20 overs), Horley Under-9s 290 (20 overs). Sanderstead won by 28 runs.
Horley batted well in their first game of the season but were unable to take enough wickets to restrict Sanderstead’s reply.
In this age-group, pairs of players bat for four overs and are docked four runs if they get out. The total starts on 200 for each innings.
Horley’s two opening pairs of Ruben and Beau Money followed by Coby Warren and Thomas Hitchman struggled to post runs as they faced quick balls and strong fielding from Sanderstead.
Jack James struck two fours in quick succession and stole some quick singles with Riley Hill.
Similarly Ryan Smith and Charlie Webber ran well, though the highlight had to be Webber scoring two fours from two consecutive deliveries.
The final pair, Alex Mutton and Luke Benjamin, were the most productive, with Mutton’s score of 21 including two sixes and a four.
Sanderstead only scored two runs off the opening over from James, but their total slowly crept up after that.
Horley were unfortunate not to hold on to some catches and it wasn’t until the penultimate over that they took their one and only wicket, clean bowled by Mutton. Webber kept wicket well in his first game for the club.