With a few players missing on Sussex duty, and some debutants from the under-12s replacing them, Horley were unable to make it four league wins out of four this season and lost to a good Lingfield side.
Leah Lane gave Horley a good start when Lingfield were put in as she had Surrey Under-12s player Arthur Thilo well caught by Evan Grimwood for just seven.
However, the next two batters, Harrison Stewart and Jacob Henderson both retired on 31 and 30 respectively and Lingfield were building a big total.
Smart work by keeper Joseph Marshall saw Aaron Hockey stumped off Edward James’s bowling but Horley conceded a disappointing 44 extras in Lingfield’s good total of 134.
Udith Molanguri started Horley’s reply with a fine four but was then caught. Grimwood and Joseph Barton put together a partnership of 38 for the second wicket, but scoring was not easy on a poorly maintained outfield. Grimwood went for 18 and Taylor Brooks swiftly followed before Barton was run out for ten.
Horley had fallen behind the required run rate and needed ten an over from the last eight. Alex Field did his best to move things along and hit three fine fours in his 17 from 18 balls before he was bowled by Stewart.
Leah Lane made a decent 11 and was not out, alongside Marshall, when the innings closed.