Horley Under-13s enjoyed a great weekend, winning two league matches on two consecutive days to move up to third in the league table, with a game in hand on second-placed Lingfield.
Against Dorking in the first game, Horley were put in and lost both openers cheaply to catches by Patrick Simmonite off Callum Powell in the second over.
The new batsmen, Alex Field and Bailey Warren, successfully started the innings again, batting well together for a partnership of 52 from 44 balls.
Warren was caught for 14 from 17 balls, then there was a mini collapse with three wickets lost in consecutive balls, including Field, bowled for 19 (23 balls).
Horley were 66-6 after 11 overs, then 67-7 an over later, so batting out the remaining eight overs became a priority. Leah Lane and Joe English rose to the occasion and put on Horley’s best partnership of 54 from 36 balls. Lane was caught for 19 from 17 balls and English was caught in the final over, having scored 20 from 18 balls.
Joseph Marshall and Evan Grimwood finished the innings, with Grimwood hitting three boundaries from his five balls faced.
Dorking made a good start in reply, scoring 21 in four overs, but then Udith Molanguri joined the attack with a wicket maiden. English bowled a maiden in the next over and as this included a direct hit run-out from Field, Dorking were 21-2.
Powell and Sebastian Fleming-Smith then put together the biggest partnership of the match, scoring 59 runs from 61 balls. Fleming-Smith retired on 33 not out, then Hugo Hobbs took the third wicket in the 16th over.
Horley were well and truly in the driving seat with Dorking needing 61 from the last four overs. English took the fifth wicket, caught by Field, before Marshall pulled off a smart run-out from behind the sticks, spotting that the batsman had stepped out of his crease.
Molanguri bowled Powell in the final over to leave Dorking well short on 90.