Horley 2nd XI 264-3 (41 overs), Roehampton 2nd XI 188-9 (55 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 29 June, Horley Row. Winning draw for Horley.
An unbeaten century from Matt Gainsford helped Horley 2nd XI to pick up another ten league points with a winning draw over Roehampton, keeping them on top of the Surrey County League 2nd XI table.
Horley skipper Darren Croft loss the toss, yet again, and his team were put into bat on the hottest day of the year. Openers Dave Hyde (57) and Stuart MacPherson (38) set about their task in a truly West Indian fashion, plundering the Roehampton bowlers with shots to every corner of the ground.
When Hyde was run out the opening stand had contributed 80, putting Horley in a commanding position.
When MacPherson fell, Gainsford and Ant Puttick began a partnership which really punished the Roehampton bowlers.
Gainsford was in exceptional form, blasting the ball to all corners of the ground and beyond, completing his second century, which included ten fours and seven sixes. He ended up on 110 not out, while Puttick played the supporting role and scored 40.
Horley declared their innings at 264 for three after 41 overs, giving the opposition 55 overs to achieve their goal.
Spin twins, Croft and Fizul Nadir, bowled a long opening spell in tandem, with Croft taking three for 15 from 12 overs, including eight maidens.
Teenager Aryan Patel bowled a tight spell of leg spin, picking up three wickets and leaving the Roehampton batsmen in tatters, with Joe Parnell (82) the only one to put up a fight.
Once he was gone, Roehampton lacked conviction and could only manage 188 for nine wickets, hanging on at the death to deny Horley an outright victory. It was a great match played in a fine spirit.
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