Horley Under-14s batsman Harry Grimwood scored his first century during an exciting Sussex Junior Cricket Festival week, making 112 not out at Barns Green.
The Horley team did themselves proud against four strong opponents in the Shield competition, winning one game, losing one and securing two losing draws to end up mid-table.
Harry Grimwood made 86 not out in the win over Burgess Hill (Burgess Hill 194-8 from 42 overs, Horley 198-9, 34 overs) and 61 in the draw with Lindfield (Lindfield 260-6, 35 overs, Horley 152-8, 45 overs) before finishing the week in style with 112 not out (18 fours) in the defeat at Barns Green (Horley 230-2, 42 overs, Barns Green 231-7, 38 overs).
He made his century in partnership with Evan Grimwood (no relation) who scored 78 not out in an incredible unbeaten third-wicket stand of 201. Evan Grimwood had retired hurt in the first losing draw of the week at Ansty (Ansty 262-4, 35.2 overs, Horley 204-8, 44 overs) after being hit in the chest while batting, so to come back and make 17 against Lindfield then 78 at Barns Green was fantastic.
Horley had looked like starting the week with a defeat at Ansty after conceding 262 runs, but under-12s player Luke Smith batted superbly to make his first half-century and finished on 80 not out. He faced 123 balls to see Horley home for the draw, with another under-12s player, Ryan Bunn, making 16 from 35 balls.
Horley’s team was bolstered for the week by three Newdigate players – Oliver Brien, Henry Wells and Thomas Clark – and they all contributed well. Brien took two wickets and two catches, Clark one catch and a run-out, and Wells a wicket, a catch plus 19 and 13 with the bat.
After beating Burgess Hill in their second match, Horley had to work hard to bat out a draw versus Lindfield after conceding 260 runs. Harry Grimwood, Evan Grimwood (17) and Smith (24) all contributed before Bunn stubbornly faced 35 balls for one run while three partners came and went, and saw Horley home.
The Grimwoods’ batting was the headline from Friday’s loss at Barns Green, but two under-11s players, Ali Khan and Henry Grimwood took a wicket each and Alex Field got a direct-hit run-out off the first ball and took two wickets.
During the week, Edward James bowled well to take three wickets, Ben Stewart took two and a catch, Bailey Warren one wicket and two catches, Tommy McKenna a wicket and a direct-hit run-out and Joe English one wicket.