Horley Under-13s played at Newdigate twice in two days, once in round one of the East Surrey Colts League Cup and once in the league. Honours were shared with Newdigate progressing in the knockout competition but Horley claiming the league points.
The cup game was extremely high-scoring, with Newdigate making a daunting 156-4 from their 20 overs and Horley rising to the challenge but falling just short with 151-3.
Horley made a good start in the field with Joe English clean bowling Scott Bloomfield, then taking a catch from Bailey Warren’s bowling in the eighth over. Ben Stewart took a wicket in the ninth and another in the 11th with Tommy McKenna taking the catch.
This left Newdigate at 54 from 11 overs but then their best batters began to pepper the boundaries. George McLoughlin retired on 31 and Thomas Clark on 30, while Oliver Brien made 24 as the home side put on 102 in the last nine overs.
This Horley team has never had to chase down a bigger total, but after losing one early wicket a second-wicket partnership of 91 by Harry Grimwood and Alex Field gave them a real chance.
Grimwood retired on 30 from 27 balls and Field was bowled for 28, which included his first ever six as his first scoring shot of the day.
Horley continued to keep up with the demanding run rate and had wickets in hand. Stewart was their top-scorer, retiring on 32 from 30 balls, including five fours. Warren made 19 before being bowled in the final over and Newdigate hung on to win.
The following day the two teams were back again, with some different faces on both sides. This time Horley bowled the home side out for 109 in 18.2 overs and passed that total in just 15.4 overs for a comfortable, seven-wicket league win.
Wickets for Evan Grimwood, Field, Hugo Hobbs, Leah Lane and three for Udith Molanguri had Newdigate in trouble at 37 for seven but their tail wagged, with Brien scoring 31 before retiring and Bloomfield 17.
Horley went about their reply steadily and without taking risks. Molanguri and Evan Grimwood put on 35 for the first wicket before the former was out for 13. Evan Grimwood went on to get 30 and retire, hitting four fours on the way, while Lane made 13, Joseph Marshall 12 not out and Joseph Barton 11 not out.