Horley picked up their third County League Division One win of the season to take third place in the table.
The conditions were sunny for this first timed game of the season and Horley captain Charlie Robins won the toss and elected to bowl. Horley started off well and took two early wickets, both catches by Ben Remfry off Guy Derham and Charlie Robins after a quick cameo from opener Dylan Knight (26).
Horley then took wickets at regular intervals after periods of pressure. However, with the opposition at 70-8 Horley lost a bit of composure and Richard Warne (38) took advantage of this with the help of the tail and pushed Ripley’s score up to 129, with Warne the last batter to fall, caught by Matt Ware off Derham.
Wickets were shared around but the stand out performer was Jonathan Barnett with four for 32 from his 14 overs.
Horley’s reply didn’t get off to the best of starts. Ben Remfry (20) was the only top-five batter to reach double figures as Matt Russell and Josh Thomas took two and three wickets respectively.
This put the hosts under real pressure and it was looking like another tough afternoon for the Horley batting line-up. Horley needed a couple of batters to stand up and be counted and that’s what they got in Matt Reid (40) and Ross Nel (42). With the loss of no further wickets, this pair saw Horley over the line to secure full league points for the hosts.