Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon 2nd XI 143-9 (49 overs), Horley 2nd XI 157 all out (46.4 overs). Winning draw, Horley 8 points, SRKS 6
On a track that was under-prepared, Horley’s batsmen had to dig deep to set a decent total before Fizal Nadir ripped through SRKS with six wickets. It wasn’t quite enough for a win, but it was a moral victory.
Fizal Nadir, opening for Horley with his son Saleem Nadir, pulled the first ball of the day for four but was then out for six.
Saleem batted on to top score with 42 not out, and number four Chris Cosham joined him in a partnership of 60, sending an array of shots to all parts of the ground and making 33 before he was out lbw.
Stewart Warren came in at five and made a handy 26 while the opposition toiled in the sunshine. Farris Chaudry took a hat-trick to wrap up the innings in the 47th over with Horley on 157.
Horley’s bowlers were soon making inroads into to SRKS batting. Tom Livermore made the early breakthrough with a caught and bowled and finished with figures of seven overs, three maidens, 11 runs, one wicket.
Fizal Nadir then set about destroying the hosts’ line-up with a six-wicket haul for 37 runs from 15 overs. Darren Croft (11-5-22-1) helped to stem the flow of runs at the other end and was rewarded with one wicket. Skipper and opener Stuart Kemp top-scored for SRKS with 71.
Horley remain third in the league.