Horley Under-13s won their penultimate game of the league season and will be crowned champions if they can beat Oxsted and Limpsfield next Sunday.
Horley put Sutton in to bat and opening bowlers Leah Lane and Alex Field both took a wicket to dismiss the openers.
Luke Smith took the third wicket, with Evan Grimwood taking the catch, to put Sutton on 42 for three, but the home side then enjoyed a partnership of 45 from 5.3 overs, which ended when Lane caught Ritvik Gupta for 28 from Udith Molanguri’s bowling.
Molanguri clean bowled the next batter in the same over, but runs were still coming quite freely. Lane took another catch, this time off Will Hofmann – an under-11 playing his first game for the under-13s - and Joseph Marshall got a wicket-keeper’s run-out in the 18th over – his third in recent matches.
Sutton had a total of 133 to defend and only nine fielders. After Lane fell in the second over, her fellow opener Hugo Hobbs put on a partnership of 55 from 39 balls with Field, who was bowled for 22 (13 balls).
Marshall joined Hobbs, who was out two overs later for 19, including a big six. Tommy McKenna and Marshall enjoyed a partnership of 17 in three overs then Molanguri came in when McKenna was out and took on the bowlers, hitting a big six off a no ball.
By the time Marshall was run out for 14, Horley were on 123 so Grimwood didn’t have much to do, and Molanguri took Horley to victory, finishing on 26 not out from 20 balls.
This was Horley’s eighth win in nine league matches.