A quickfire 54 from Chris Allen helped Horley’s Sunday Strollers to a three-wicket win over a West Hoathly side which included several young colts.
The backbone of West Hoathly’s innings was provided by teenage opener J Gould who made 77 not out. Horley sportingly sent him back when he was given out in error early on and when he was just short of 50 he survived what Horley thought was a catch behind the stumps, batting on to help set a good total for the Strollers to chase.
The pick of Horley’s bowlers was Alex Field with figures of seven overs, two maidens, two for 20. His second spell included two wicket-maidens – the first wicket bowled with his first ball of the spell and the second a caught-and-bowled in the following over.
Kieron Childs took two wicket and Craig MacFarlane and Colin Terry one each. Deepal Ahangama, who played for Horley from 1986 to 2013 and is among the club’s leading wicket-takers, was making a guest appearance while on a visit from Sri Lanka and he also took one wicket.
Field got a run-out and Charlie Robins, Ben Payne and MacFarlane all took catches.
The Strollers lost three early wickets in their reply but then Allen and Robins came together at the crease and put on a fine fourth-wicket partnership, with Allen peppering the boundary. He was caught for 54 with the score on 98, and, with only 14 overs gone, Horley were well ahead of the run-rate.
Robins went on to make 45 not out and was well supported by Childs, who made 18, and Terry, with nine, before MacFarlane hit the winning runs.