Horley Under-10s 263 (20 overs), Sanderstead Under-10s 251 (20 overs). Horley won by 12 runs
East Surrey Colts League Cup Final, Monday 16 July, The Ring.
Horley Under-10s won their League Cup final, edging home in a nail-biter against Sanderstead to secure the trophy.
Put in to bat, Horley’s first pair put on 14 in their four overs and the second pair, Oscar Davies and Artie Hoskins, both hit boundaries as they added 24 runs to the total.
Sanderstead’s best bowlers then came on and the score dipped as wickets fell in the next eight overs, so Horley found themselves on 223 with the last pair, Henry Grimwood and Ali Khan coming to the wicket.
With quick runs desperately needed, they found their feet quickly and hit four boundaries each without losing any wickets in a partnership of 40. Khan top-scored with 20, but the total of 263 would be tough to defend.
Aidan Spalding took a wicket in the first over and Khan, Sam Terry and Ollie Millard all followed with wickets of their own, leaving Sanderstead reeling at 195-5.
Hrishi Patel took the sixth wicket, then Grimwood got a runout, combining well with wicketkeeper Hoskins, who ran out another batter soon afterwards.
With 12 overs gone and two pairs to bat, Sanderstead were on 220 and although the next pair scored well, Millard and Grimwood both took wickets.
Sanderstead needed 22 to win in four overs from their last pair. Dan Sired bowled two tight overs, Khan bowled out one batsman and Spalding conceded just three runs in the final over to take Horley to victory.
It was a true team effort and Hoskins was named Player of the Match.