Horley made sure they stayed in touch with the league leaders with this win over Banstead.
After Ollie Millard and Hirishi Patel gave the Horley innings a steady start, the second pair of Oscar Davies and Artie Hoskins came in and Davies added ten to the total, while Hoskins was unlucky to be well caught from a great strike.
Sammy Bloch and James Burgoyne were hampered by quite a bit of wide bowling but both hit the boundary and didn’t lose any wickets in their four overs.
This took Horley’s score up to 242 with two pairs to come and Sam Terry and Dan Sired were again frustrated by wides and no balls, but took what opportunities they could to score and kept their wickets intact.
The final pair of Henry Grimwood and Alex Jay punished Banstead’s bowling with some aggressive running and four fours for Grimwood in a personal total of 20. After losing two wickets in the 19th over, the pair made amends with 13 runs and five extras in the final over to close the innings on 302.
Grimwood took a wicket in the first over of Banstead’s innings, with a catch from wicketkeeper Bloch.
Great bowling and good fielding kept the pressure on Banstead and Hoskins claimed a runout in the fourth over.
By the end of the eighth over, Banstead were 15 runs ahead of Horley’s score at the same stage but Horley began to take control and the hosts ended up falling well short of the required total.
Grimwood ended up with two wickets, Davies one and Player of the Match Bloch also claimed one and kept wicket well during his stint behind the stumps.