Horley 1st XI 233-6 (44.2 overs), Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 1st XI 229-2 (50 overs). Horley won by four wickets.
In a must-win game for Horley, as they bid to stay close to the front-runners in the league, they put Southern Rail, Kenley and Selsdon in on what looked like a good batting track.
That was confirmed by the opening partnership racing to 35 from the first five overs.
The old hand Trevor Stevens was brought into the attack and did just what was required to peg back the batsmen to around 3.5 runs an over by drinks. He finished with figures of 22 overs, five maidens, nought for 85.
The first wicket to fall in the SRKS innings went to Jordan Robins, who bowled well in tandem with Stevens with figures of seven overs, one wicket for 22 runs.
Skipper Charlie Robins brought himself back on and took a wicket towards the end of the innings but SRKS set an imposing total of 229, with their opening batsman Jon Coles finishing on a terrific 143 not out having been given a lifeline on 66.
Having to score 230 from 45 overs, Horley’s reply started strongly with an untried opening pair of Matthew Gainsford (48) and Richard Waddington (19) scoring at 6.5 an over in a stand of 55.
Waddington was dismissed and in came Man of the Match Ross Nel, who carried on scoring at a good rate to make 64, with notable partnerships with John Barnett (24) and Stuart MacPherson (33).
Whilst pacing the innings well, Horley found themselves needing 36 from the last five overs. Jordan Robins came to the crease and hit 23 from 11 balls to ensure Horley got over the line in the final over, and he did so in fine fashion with a six off his legs to win the game.
Horley are now fourth in the Surrey League Division One table, having been promoted into this division at the end of last season, and on Saturday they have a crunch game against third-placed Sheen Park.
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