Roehampton 2nd XI 152-6 (22 overs), Horley 2nd XI 148 all out (41.5 overs). Roehampton won by four wickets.
Following a series of successful results, Horley Seconds travelled to Roehampton knowing they still had a chance of gaining promotion, but this week they were beaten by a big-hitting team.
Horley were put into bat on what looked like a ragged track with overcast weather. These conditions and some sharp bowling from Roehampton's Asad Ali and Yasir Ahmed kept Horley openers Salim Nadir and Christian Kelly restricted with both falling in single figures.
The experienced Abdul Razzaq and son Adam were next to the crease and both showed real class with some impressive controlled ground strokes, moving Horley into the 80s before the partnership was broken. Abdul Razzaq made 46 and Adam Razzaq 26, but the rest of the Horley batters struggled with only the experienced Fizal Nadir reaching double figures, 19 not out, as the visitors were dismissed for 148.
Roehampton showed their batting intentions early on in their reply with aggressive play from both openers but neither were a match for the start of a superb spell from Horley's opening bowler Tom Livermore.
The openers fell for 14 and 13 but number three Sacha Hatteea gave only one half chance when he was on nought and went on to make 70 not out.
Horley were still in the game thanks to the impressive strike bowling of Livermore, who finished his allocated overs in one stretch with figures of nine overs, two maidens, four wickets for 30 runs. However, Roehampton continued with their aggressive approach and chased down the target in just 22 overs. Number seven Babar Mahmood hit a quick fire 30 off seven balls before being trapped by the canny Horley skipper Darren Croft, who had earlier removed the number five for just one run.
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