A great knock of 70 by Bharath Reddy was not enough to take Horley Strollers to victory over Lingfield on Sunday.
Lingfield set an imposing total of 187 on the small Newchapel ground, recovering from losing opener James McLean to a direct-hit run-out by Richard Waddington in the first over.
Callum Tester and Colin Terry bowled an excellent opening spell for the Strollers, conceding just 15 runs from the first 12 overs, but then the other opener, Martin Britt, started to swing the bat and he scored a fine 79 before Terry had him caught by Naveed Sherwani.
Evan Grimwood, playing his first Strollers match at the age of 13, got the second wicket, having Imtiaz Trask smartly caught by Reddy. Grimwood later took a catch for one of Lauren Waddington’s two wickets and Richard Waddington took the Strollers’ other scalp.
After losing Graham Brookes early, Horley’s reply went well with Reddy and Michael Ryan putting on 98 for the second wicket in quick time.
Then a swarm of flying ants began to plague the batters and they all found it difficult to concentrate and keep up with the require run-rate, with fading light not helping matters. Ryan made 30, but apart from him and Reddy, no one else got out of single figures and Horley’s last seven wickets fell for less than 20 runs.