Horley Under-13s scored the highest total of any team in their league this season and moved up to second place in the division, three points behind unbeaten leaders Oxted and Limpsfield.
In a real run-fest, Horley hit 26 of the total of 45 boundaries which were struck across a lightning-fast outfield.
Udith Molanguri hit the first ball for four to begin an opening partnership of 68 with Alex Field. The second over went for 21, with Field hitting four boundaries and the run-rate remained high until Molanguri was out lbw for 29 from 20 balls (six fours).
Soon afterwards, Field retired on 31 not out (22 balls, seven fours).
After Leah Lane fell to a terrific low catch, Bailey Warren and Luke Smith put together a fine partnership, with Smith retiring on 31 from 25 balls (six fours). Will Agombar joined Warren at the crease and he scored a quick 17 from 11 balls before being caught.
Evan Grimwood, as he has a few times this season, wasted no time in the last few balls of the innings to add eight to the total and Warren was left on 27 not out from 26 balls.
With 187 on the board – easily this Horley team’s best-ever total – they were confident of going on to win the game, but BTCL attacked from the off and kept up with the run-rate in the first half of the innings.
Their opener retired on 32, then Agombar took the first wicket in the ninth over, bowling the other opener for 27.
Agombar had his second wicket, again clean bowled, in his next over and at the end of the 11th over, the scores were exactly the same, 101-2.
Hugo Hobbs came on to bowl the 12th over and took the third wicket, with Field taking the catch. BTCL’s best three batters were now all out of the game and Horley were able to apply some pressure. The final nine overs only went for 39 runs, thanks to good bowling from Luke Newton, Smith, Joseph Barton and Taylor Brooks, who only conceded a total of 15 runs from the four overs they shared.
Field and Lane took a wicket apiece in their final overs and Molanguri finished off the innings.
On a day that favoured the batters, Horley’s bowling was very good, with only four wides and one no-ball. Mention must also go to Evan Grimwood who volunteered to keep wicket when Warren was struggling with a headache after his long innings in the heat.