Andrew Burbidge had quite a match in Horley 2nds’ win over Godalming, taking five wickets and scoring 90.
Tom Livermore made two early breakthroughs and Horley skipper Darren Croft one, to have the visitors struggling. Then, an excellent 114 run partnership from the visiting skipper Nigel Churaman, and Sean Burton saw them recover well.
Some controlled bowling from young Kaine Stephens and Shwetabh Singh stemmed the flow of runs before the introduction of Burbidge changed the momentum of the innings. He removed Burton for 51 and continued to take wickets in an excellent spell of bowling, finishing up with five for 15 off of just four overs.
In the final over Abdul Razzaq took the final wicket as Godalming posted 185 all out.
Horley’s run chase started with a flurry of runs from Dave Hyde, as he took the attack to the spin at both ends, but when he fell, the runs started to dry up and, with Saleem Nadir and Abdul Razzaq falling in quick succession, Horley were on just 37 for three.
This brought Singh and Burbidge together at the crease and through a combination of excellent running and some powerful hitting, they set about taking Horley to the target.
With Godalming dropping several catches, the pair continued to hit boundaries and for the second week in a row it was left to Burbidge to hit the winning runs, with a six back over the bowler’s head, to see Horley to a seven-wicket win. He certainly redeemed himself for the ten overthrows he conceded in the first innings!
This was a competitive, well-fought game between two clubs that are keen to give colts players a chance to play senior cricket and it was great to see so many youngsters on the field and making good contributions to the match.