Horley Under-12s 124-3 (18 overs), Sanderstead Under-12s 123-4 (20 overs). Horley won by seven wickets.
Horley won a good-natured match which definitely suited the batsmen with a total of 29 boundaries scored by the two sides.
Sanderstead chose to bat and Joe English and Hugo Hobbs opened the attack with straight and aggressive bowling, dismissing one opener each.
From there, Horley’s spirit was tested, up against some lovely stroke-play from the next three batsman and another 50 runs went on the board before Ben Stewart swooped in to run out Lucy Allen.
The next two batters both went on to retire with 26 and 27 runs respectively, their hard-hitting style forcing English to change his field and bowling order to try and slow the run-rate.
The flow of runs slowed dramatically after they left the field and Harry Grimwood picked up a runout before the innings closed.
Horley then had to undertake their first run chase of the season and the two Grimwoods, Harry and Evan (no relation) started watchfully against a probing bowling attack.
Helped by a few extras, the run-rate stayed above what was required and the momentum steadily increased as both batters found the boundary rope more consistently.
They both retired, with Harry on 28 and Evan 27, leaving Bailey Warren and Stewart to try to finish the job.
They hit a boundary each before county bowler Allen bowled them both, with Steward unlucky to face the ‘ball of the day’, according to Sanderstead’s umpire.
Man of the match Jack Love cashed in, bludgeoning 12 runs off 12 balls to bring Horley home with time to spare.