Horley Under-13s 133-7 (20 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-13s 194-5 (20 overs). Oxted won by 61 runs.
Horley, who were top of the table, went into this match against the second-placed side knowing that the winners would win the league.
What they didn’t know at that stage was that Oxted included several players in their team who had played in the county-wide Surrey Invitational League this season and – in this key game - were making their first appearances at the much lower, East Surrey League level.
Horley soon realised they were facing players of a different class as Oxted opted to bat and lashed the ball to all parts of the ground, making a league record 195 for five from their 20 overs.
Bailey Warren took three wickets, one caught by Ben Stewart, one caught by Will Agombar and one a caught and bowled.
Harry Grimwood clean bowled Oxted skipper Jack Brown for a duck and Alex Field got a run-out, but the only maiden of the 20 overs was bowled by Evan Grimwood as three Oxted batsmen reached the retirement mark of 30 - Felix Curson (33 from 13 balls), Ethan Whenman (32 from 12 balls) and Raffy Pearce (33 from 25 balls).
Horley knew they were unlikely to chase down such a huge total, but they still managed to make what, in any other match, would be a decent score of 133, and this time against a much better class of bowling.
Harry Grimwood made 32 from 33 balls, including five fours, Stewart was not out 22 (two fours), Agombar made 14 (three fours), Hugo Hobbs 13 and Leah Lane 12 (two fours each).
Horley’s league season is finished and Oxted have one more game. As long as they turn up and claim the minimum one point they will be champions, but Horley have made a great improvement this year after finishing seventh last season and couldn’t have done more against a players who normally play two tiers above them.
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