Horley Under-12s 138-1 (20 overs), Salfords Under-12s 91-6 (20 overs). Horley won by 47 runs.
Horley were put into bat by Salfords – their preferred option if they had won the toss – and the opening pair of Bailey Warren and Evan Grimwood made the most of their opportunity with the first four overs going at ten an over amid a flurry of boundaries off the pacey but inconsistent opening bowlers.
Warren won the race to retire first (27 from 14 balls) and Grimwood soon followed (27 from 19 balls).
Taylor Brooks misjudged a looping delivery to get trapped in front of the stumps, lbw, so Harry Grimwood joined Joe English at the crease. The scoring rate slowed for a while but Harry Grimwood finished strongly before retiring on 27.
English took a little longer to reach 25, but he never looked like getting out and anchored the innings responsibly through a difficult spell.
Ben Stewart added a couple of boundaries to finish on 11 not out, with the total at 138 for one.
Salfords’ opening batsman started well but thanks to some tight opening overs from Stewart, Harry Grimwood, Hugo Hobbs and Edward James the pressure soon told and Adam Perowne was run out by Stewart after taking one risk too many.
Sam Roberts was also run out, this time by Evan Grimwood, as Salfords tried to chase down their challenging target.
Wicket keeper Warren stumped Jack Timbrell off Ben Mitchell’s bowling, then Salfords’ number five Will Starkie managed to block out 34 balls without scoring before he retired hurt.
The next man, Edward Anderson, only lasted six balls before Joseph Barton clean bowled him and Harry Grimwood returned to take a well-deserved wicket thanks to a comfortable catch for Stewart.
Warren kept a clear head amongst the madness around him with a skilful run out as Salfords valiantly chased runs even off the last ball of the match, but Horley were comfortable winners.
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