Horley came close to securing a County Cup round one win against a Merstham side which plays in a higher-level league, but were ultimately unable to score quickly enough in the second half of their innings.
Horley put Merstham in and an excellent performance from the bowlers and fielders restricted the home side to 111 for nine.
Adam Swan top-scored for Merstham with 27 in an opening partnership of 41, before Udith Molanguri bowled him. Joe English then bowled Daniel Kite and was the pick of the Horley bowlers, finishing with three for 22 from his four overs.
Ben Stewart and Alex Field both one victim in and looked threatening, and Molanguri picked up a second wicket, caught by Harry Grimwood, who also combined with keeper Joseph Marshall to run out Jasper Parsons.
Tommy McKenna caught Ollie Barkwith for English’s third wicket – just a couple of balls after English had bowled Daniel Botma - and Leah Lane finished the innings with a direct hit runout.
Botma, Zohaib Faisal and Ben Jones all reached double figures in the lower half of the batting order to take Merstham into treble figures and their contributions proved vital in the final analysis.
Molanguri and Harry Grimwood gave Horley a good start in their run-chase, putting on an opening stand of 65 for Horley before Parsons bowled Grimwood after the drinks break, then Swan had Molanguri caught by Jones.
Field and English tried to keep the run-rate ticking along but both found it hard to get the ball away against a very varied Merstham attack and played and missed numerous times. Merstham used all their bowlers and the frustrated Horley batters needed 16 from the last over and were unable to get there.