Horley Cricket Club’s Under-12s team played in the Sussex Festival last week and faced some tough opposition in the Bowl – the higher level of the tiered competition - managing to win one match out of three.
Horley triumphed away at Ansty by six wickets, with Bailey Warren starring with both the bat and ball. Horley put the hosts in, and Ansty made 186 for eight declared from 36 overs. Warren took three wickets for just 14 runs in five overs, Joseph Barton took two in two overs and Joe English, Thomas Clark and Taylor Brooks picked up one apiece.
Warren was the leading light in the Horley reply too, opening the innings and hitting 70 off just 77 balls, including 11 fours. This terrific innings meant he beat his previous best Festival score of 56 not out, which he set last season.
Three of Warren’s partners went for single figure scores, but Benji Benetar made 13 not out and Harry Grimwood came in at six in the order when Warren fell with the score on 121-4 and hit his best ever score of 51 not out from 33 balls (seven fours) to take Horley’s total to 187 for four in 27.3 overs and secure the win.
In their next two Sussex Festival games, Horley Under-12s lost to Lingfield and Cuckfield and they had one match rained off.