Horley 1st XI 125-6 (24.4 overs), London Gymkhana 124-7 (50 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 22 June, Horley Row. Horley won by four wickets.
Horley 1st XI beat top-of-the-table London Gymkhana and took their place at the head of the Surrey County League Division One table.
Charlie Robins won yet another toss and put Gymkhana into bat. Matt Reid, bowling from the pavilion end, took the first wicket of the day when Amjad Majadi lifted a miscued drive straight to Ben Remfry in the covers.
Robins, at the other end, provided great control, only conceding seven runs from his seven overs. He was replaced by Trevor Stevens who bowled a mammoth 18 over spell taking three wickets in the process and only conceding 50 runs.
Equally impressive was Jon Barnett whose 13 overs only cost 24 runs and yielded three wickets. The bowlers’ efforts were backed up by some excellent fielding which restricted Gymkhana to 124 for seven from their full 50 overs.
Tackling the chase was the opening pair of Matt Reid and Andrew Thomas, who was promoted from the second XI after some good performances including a 50 and a century. Unfortunately, he fell first, out LBW for two.
With Ben Remfry next in, Horley began to make light work of the chase. Reid and Remfry scored at a good rate before Remfry was unfortunate to be caught down the leg side for 20.
His brother Sam came in next at four and he and Matt Ware and Barnett all came and went for nine runs each just after Reid brought up his 50. Reid was then bowled by Sharjeel Malik for a well-made 56.
With five wickets down and 20 required the pressure mounted on Ross Nel and Richard Waddington, but Waddington hit the winning runs and Horley leapfrogged London Gymkhana to move in to first position in the table. Next week they travel away to fifth-placed Shepperton and will hope to keep the winning run going.
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