Horley Under-11s beat Lingfield in the the East Surrey Colts League Cup Final, adding this trophy to the Under-10s Cup which this group of players won last year.
Lingfield elected to bat and Horley immediately showed they were ready to bounce back from an uncharacteristic defeat to Capel the previous evening. Aidan Spalding bagged two wickets to offset some good hitting from Lingfield’s opening pair, one of which was a Sussex county player.
Henry Grimwood and Sam Terry bowled well to stop the flow of runs then when the second pair of batters were at the crease Ali Khan, Khyan Patel and Ollie Millard all claimed wickets. This along with some solid support bowling from Dan Sired left Lingfield struggling on 221 as the third pair came to the crease.
They advanced Lingfield’s score to 243 before Patel claimed another wicket. In the last four overs of their innings Lingfield were looking to set a defendable total but despite some boundaries they were pegged back as Millard and Khan struck again and Horley were set a tricky but makeable target of 274 to win
Horley’s first batting pair, Spalding and Oscar Davies set a foundation, making 15 runs for no wickets. Grimwood and Terry carried on moving Horley’s score along then, with the strongest bowlers out of the attack, the third pair of Matt Girling and Dan Sired found life in the middle a little easier, mixing singles and big hits, including a one bounce four into the scoring hut from Sired.
Patel and Millard then battled hard to defend their wickets and at the end of their four overs at the crease Horley were on the brink of victory on 273.
Artie Hoskins and Khan needed to keep cool and knock off the remaining runs without losing wickets. Khan decided to keep things entertaining with a combination of well hit fours and the odd swing-and-miss, but even a wicket in the last over couldn’t dampen the excitement as Horley finished on 302 for four to run out comfortable winners.