Horley bounced back from last week’s defeat at Thames Ditton to beat Ripley by ten wickets thanks largely to superb bowling from Trevor Stevens, who took six for 21 from 16.5 overs.
John Barnett took on the role as skipper as Charlie Robins was unavailable and he won the toss and put Ripley in.
They started slowly but the two opening batsman looked hard to get out and played a couple early strokes to the boundary. Sam Remfry took the first wicket when Matthew Gainsford caught Shakeel Khan for 12, then Matt Puttick dismissed the number three for a duck.
The evergreen Stevens then came into the attack and started sending a succession of batters back to the pavilion in quick time.
Two more catches from Gainsford and a sharp catch in the slip cordon from Sam Remfry helped Stevens, while Jordan Robins contributed with some good bowling against Ripley’s most threatening batsman, bowling him out for 23 a good catch from Ross Nel behind the sticks.
Puttick ended up with figures of two for 27 from 12 overs and Sam Remfry one for 18 from six, as Ripley were bowled out for 115.
Danny Razzaq and Brad Bosman opened the Horley reply and got off to a great start, seeing off the opening bowlers with the odd boundary here and there.
Bosman was the quicker of the two as he put together a very good innings to end up on 79 not out from 96 balls. Razzaq played his part too and eased to 33 not out from 88 balls, to see Horley home without losing any wickets.