A below-par bowling performance from Horley cost them a win in the league cup semi-final.
Horley put the hosts in, hoping to take early wickets and put Kenley under pressure. It looked like it was working when Edward James made an early breakthrough with a well-taken caught and bowled with only two runs on the board.
The top order were really struggling to score off the bat but as the innings progressed Horley lost their discipline a little, with wides and no balls becoming more frequent.
There were plenty of good deliveries too and Kenley only scored 66 runs off the bat, with Calum Doherty and Atishaya Jain making the lion’s share of that, retiring on 27 and 25 respectively.
Hugo Hobbs and Joe English were the most economical bowlers, while Jack Love, Evan Grimwood and Taylor Brooks took a wicket each and Grimwood and Brooks both held onto difficult catches.
The target of 115 was by no means out of reach for Horley and Harry Grimwood and Evan Grimwood started well, keeping up the required run rate for the first three overs, before Evan was caught at extra cover.
English came in and continued with his fine batting form, partnering a determined Harry Grimwood in a dogged partnership of 59 that presented few chances to the fielders.
Unfortunately the seven overs faced at the pavilion end were a complete write-off with the sun so low and bright that all the batters could do was hope to get bat on ball.
After English had been bowled out for 23 and Harry Grimwood had retired on 25 the Kenley umpire agreed the team would bowl all the last five overs at one end so the batsmen had their backs to the sun.
Ben Stewart, Hobbs, Benji Benetar and Luke Newton entered the fray but despite boundaries from Hobbs and Newton, the required run rate was too much against Kenley’s best two bowlers, who bowled extremely well, and Horley fell short of victory.
The team that bowled best won the game. Batting conditions may have conspired against Horley but the extras were just as big a problem.