Horley Under-11s enjoyed a winning debut in the tough NEC League, which is a level higher than the ESC League they have played in until now.
Horley batted first with Wimbledon’s strike bowlers peppering Horley’s openers with pace and taking the first three wickets with only nine runs on the board.
Good hitting from Henry Grimwood (17) and Matt Girling (11) then steadied the ship, with Grimwood striking four boundaries before falling to a fine catch.
The tail failed to pick up the pace of the pitch with the remaining wickets falling cheaply leaving Horley to defend a total of 74 all-out.
Following a rousing team talk from manager Danny Patel, ten-man Horley took to the field with a spring in their steps and belief in their heads.
The opening bowling pair of Ali Khan and Joe Leaver got Horley off to the start they needed with two wickets in the first three overs. Grimwood and Dan Sired then kept the pressure on with three wickets in their spell of four overs.
Horley debutant Sam Armitage joined the attack next with his distinctive round-arm action, taking a wicket with his first ball and then a second in his first over. He was ably complemented by the spin of Khyan Patel at the other end.
The final bowling pair then joined the attack with lightning quick pace from man-of-the-match, Girling and Sam Terry, who got up from his sick-bed to help out the team.
As Wimbledon closed in on the Horley total, Girling and Terry picked off the final wickets, with wicket keeper Artie Hoskins running out the Wimbledon number 11 to give Horley a deserved five run win against quality opposition.