Capel Under-12s 75-1 (10.5 overs), Horley Under-12s 74-7 (20 overs). Capel won by nine wickets.
Horley chose to bat first and their hopes were raised by a second-wicket partnership of 28 from Harry Grimwood and Evan Grimwood (no relation!) but the two then fell in quick succession, followed by skipper Joe English, and Horley’s chances of a big total were starting to look slim against a strong attack.
Bailey Warren played some lovely strokes, supported admirably by Benji Benetar, who never looked in real trouble until he was well stumped by William Simpson off Jack Ware (3-8 from 3 overs), ending their partnership of 23.
Scoring became more difficult and man of the match Warren was left unbeaten on a chanceless 18 from 31 balls. Harry Grimwood was the only other batter to reach double figures, making 16.
A total of 74 for seven was unlikely to be enough against such a good side, but English started well by clean bowling Joe Collins for two runs.
However, the next two batsmen never looked in any real trouble on a slow pitch, picking off short balls with ease. Horley gave all their players an over each before Capel eased past their total in the 11th over.
English and Erin Gooch were the only bowlers that had the batsman playing and missing, bowling a good length outside off-stump. Along with Gooch, Evan Grimwood was Horley’s most economical bowler.
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