London Gymkhana 1st XI 275-6 (45 overs), Horley 1st XI 117 all out (31 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 24 August. Horley lost by 158 runs.
Horley 1st XI’s chances of winning the Surrey County League Division One title ended with a big defeat against top-of-the-table London Gymkhana, but Horley can still secure the second promotion spot if they beat Shepperton on Saturday.
At Gymkhana, the hosts batted first and an early breakthrough from Charlie Robins didn’t stop them from scoring quickly. Trevor Stevens (33-2 from nine overs) and Jordan Robins (27-0 from nine overs) both bowled good spells but Gymkhana made 275 for six from their 45 overs.
When Horley batted no one got in properly and Richard Waddington’s 18 was the top score in a disappointing total of 117 all out from 31 overs.
London Gymkhana 2nd XI 165-9 (45 overs), Horley 2nd XI 158 all out (45 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 17 August, London Gymkhana. Horley lost by seven runs.
Horley 2nd XI secured promotion from the Surrey County League Division One despite suffering their first defeat of the league season, and need just one point from their remaining two games to be crowned champions.
On a damp track, skipper Darren Croft put London Gymkhana in and good bowling from Matt Puttick and Tom Livermore saw a few flashes go tantalizingly close to hands in the backward point region.
Wickets fell regularly throughout the innings with every bowler chipping in. The pick of them was Alex Rooney (three for 18) who, for the second week running, was unlucky not to take a five-for.
Gymkhana finishing strongly and made 165 all out, with Horley knowing the bonus points they had amassed were enough to secure promotion.
Horley’s chase started shakily as they struggled to three for three, then Aryan Patel and Sam Bracken looked to rebuild the innings and rotated the strike well, waiting for the bad delivery. A mix-up saw Bracken run out for 38 and Patel then kicked on but was bowled for a good 47.
Horley’s tail did their best to wag but ultimately fell just short as Basheer took six for 20 on a minefield of a track and Horley were bowled out for 158.
Horley 1st XI 199-6 (45 overs), Whiteley Village 119 all out (43.4 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 17 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 80 runs.
Horley 1st XI kept themselves in the hunt for the Surrey County League Division One title with a win over Whiteley Village, who are fighting for survival at the foot of the league.
In perfect conditions for bowling, Horley were put in but started well by not losing any wickets in the first ten overs and working hard to rotate the strike. At the drinks break Horley were in a strong position as they were only two wickets down and had built a good platform.
Opener Matt Reid pushed the innings along smartly by knocking boundaries when needed and working the scoreboard with relative ease. The rest of the Horley batting line up assisted Reid well by rotating the strike and looking to push the fielders as much as they could for that extra run. Horley ended up on a respectable total of 199 for six after their 45 overs. Reid was very unlucky not to get his 100, as he was out for 96.
As a bowling unit Horley knew they had to put Whiteley under pressure early by starving them of runs. Charlie Robins and Guy Derham started as they have every week, bowling the right lines and conceding few runs. As each over went by the required run-rate pushed up and up, making the batsmen play shots they didn’t need to.
The first three wickets fell with less than 40 on the board, but the fourth wicket partnership showed determination and good understanding of what was needed. Robins brought himself back on to bowl to break this partnership and did so with the second ball of his spell. From there, the opposition struggled to find runs and the Horley bowlers continued to apply the pressure, eventually bowling them out for 119, for an 80-run win. Trevor Stevens took three wickets for 21, Jonathan Barnett and Robins took two wickets each.
With two league matches to go, Horley are just seven points behind first-placed London Gymkhana and they play them away on Saturday. Horley have a 23-point cushion over the third placed club, so a handful of bonus points will guarantee them second place and promotion.
Horley Strollers 233-5 (40 overs), Felbridge and Sunnyside 69 all out (37.3 overs), Sunday 11 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 164 runs.
Christian Kelly scored his first century in senior cricket when he made 101 not out for Horley Strollers in their win over Felbridge and Sunnyside.
Kelly, 15, has made two age-grade centuries for the club and this first senior ton came in just 79 balls. He came in when Horley were 30-2 and mixed classic shots with some hefty slogs in a very impressive innings which included 13 fours and one six.
Another colt, 14-year-old Udith Molanguri made 49 in the Strollers’ total of 233 from 40 overs and Tom Livermore was 40 not out.
Felbridge and Sunnyside, who also had a clutch of colts in their team, never looked like matching Horley. Alex Field, 14, took the first two wickets, both caught by Kelly, then skipper Dave Childs got a caught and bowled before Colin Terry claimed a wicket with another Kelly catch.
Saleem Nadir dismissed the next batter, caught by Tom Clargo, then Molanguri took three wickets with his spin, one caught by Livermore and two clean bowled, before Childs cleaned up the last two, lbw and bowled, to dismiss the visitors for 69. Childs’ figures were three for eight from 6.3 overs, Molanguri took three for five from four overs and Field two for 15 from seven overs.
Lingfield Sunday XI 187-6 (42 overs), Horley Sunday Strollers 145 all out (31.2 overs), Sunday 4 August, Newchapel.
A great knock of 70 by Bharath Reddy was not enough to take Horley Strollers to victory over Lingfield on Sunday.
Lingfield set an imposing total of 187 on the small Newchapel ground, recovering from losing opener James McLean to a direct-hit run-out by Richard Waddington in the first over.
Callum Tester and Colin Terry bowled an excellent opening spell for the Strollers, conceding just 15 runs from the first 12 overs, but then the other opener, Martin Britt, started to swing the bat and he scored a fine 79 before Terry had him caught by Naveed Sherwani.
Evan Grimwood, playing his first Strollers match at the age of 13, got the second wicket, having Imtiaz Trask smartly caught by Reddy. Grimwood later took a catch for one of Lauren Waddington’s two wickets and Richard Waddington took the Strollers’ other scalp.
After losing Graham Brookes early, Horley’s reply went well with Reddy and Michael Ryan putting on 98 for the second wicket in quick time.
Then a swarm of flying ants began to plague the batters and they all found it difficult to concentrate and keep up with the require run-rate, with fading light not helping matters. Ryan made 30, but apart from him and Reddy, no one else got out of single figures and Horley’s last seven wickets fell for less than 20 runs.
Horley Strollers 243-6 (40 overs), I Don’t Like Cricket XI 177 all out (32.2 overs), Sunday 4 August, Horley Row. Horley won by 66 runs.
The previous weekend, Horley Strollers were put into bat by the I Don’t Like Cricket Club and the visitors probably regretted that decision when Abdul Razzaq made 87 not out. Kieran Childs made a handy 20 and Andrew Burbidge hit a quickfire 86 as the Strollers finished on 243 for six in 40 overs.
IDLC didn’t start their reply well as Dave Childs took two wickets in his first over and finished with figures of 35 for three. Saleem Nadir also took three wickets, for 16 runs, and the other wickets were taken by Zack Collins (two for 20), Kaine Stephens (1-22) and Kieran Childs (1-32). The Strollers won comfortably as IDLC were bowled out for 177.
Horley 2nd XI 118-5 (28.1 overs), Long Ditton 2nd XI 114 all out (39.3 overs), Surrey County League 2nd XI Division One, Saturday 3 August, Horley Row. Horley won by five wickets.
Horley 2nd XI made it four league wins on the bounce with a five-wicket triumph over Long Ditton which leaves Horley 15 points clear at the top of the Surrey County League 2nd Xi Division One, with a game in hand over the teams in second and third.
Long Ditton chose to bat first but were bowled out for just 114. Matt Puttick bowled both openers and ended up with figures of nine overs, three maidens, two wickets for 11 runs. Chris Cosham took three wickets for 22 and Darren Croft three for 32, while Aryan Patel and Saleem Nadir picked up a wicket each.
Horley passed Long Ditton’s total with time to spare, making 118 for the loss of five wickets. Opener Dave Hyde top-scored with 43, Andrew Thomas made 25 and Puttick 20.
This Saturday Horley will hope to further extend their winning run, as they travel away to Sheen Park, who are in the bottom half of the table.
Horley 1st XI 208-6 (45 overs), Ripley 1st XI 171 all out (45 overs), Surrey County League Division One, Saturday 3 August, Ripley Green. Horley won by 37 runs.
A sublime innings of 108 by Jonathan Barnett helped Horley secure a valuable win at Ripley.
Horley were top of the league before the start of play on Saturday, but have London Gymkhana snapping at their heels, and so felt a victory at Ripley was essential to their title ambitions.
Horley were put in to bat and struggled early in tough conditions, losing three wickets for just 16 runs on the green surface.
However, number three Richard Waddington and batsman five, Barnett, were able to steady the ship, and Horley reached 100 in the 34th over without losing another wicket. Both batsmen soon reached 50, and the run rate picked up rapidly. When Waddington was dismissed for 62, the score read 151-4.
From there, Barnett made the pitch look like a flat track, tearing into the bowlers with a flurry of boundaries to all parts of the ground. He raced to his first first-team century of the season, eventually falling for 108.
After 45 overs, Horley had amassed 208-6. Tim Grech was the pick of the Ripley bowlers, taking three for 31 from nine overs.
Ripley immediately struggled under the pressure of maintaining the required run rate. Charlie Robins and Guy Dereham bowled a tight opening spell and Ripley were seven for one after eight overs. Several batsmen got themselves in and then got themselves out and when Dylan Knight and Tim Russell were building a decent partnership, rotating the strike, Trevor Stevens dismissed them both in the same over. He and Charlie Robins ended up with three wickets apiece, while Jordan Robins took two and Barnett one, ensuring that Ripley were unable to complete their task, eventually being bowled out for 171.
Horley are eight points ahead of London Gymkhana at the top of the Surrey County League Division One table with four games to go. This Saturday they entertain mid-table Sheen Park.
Horley Under-15s 88-2 (14.2 overs), Oxted and Limpsfield Under-15s 86-9 (20 overs), East Surrey Colts League, Wednesday 24 July, Horley Row. Horley won by eight wickets.
Horley Under-15s finished their East Surrey Colts League Division One season as runners-up in the table after beating Oxted and Limpsfield in their last match. They ended up just one point behind league champions Banstead, who beat Reigate Priory in their last game.
Freddie Holland bowled superbly in the win over Oxted, taking five wickets for just nine runs in his four overs. He started with a double-wicket maiden, then took two more wickets in his second over, bowling Matt Thomas with a particularly superb delivery.
Holland returned later in the match to dismiss opener Jocelyn Heaver, who was on 26., with his last ball.
Harry Grimwood took two wickets, both bowled, Udith Molanguri one, and Alex Field claimed the last wicket, caught by Shae Meacher, as Horley restricted Oxted to just 86-9 in their 20 overs.
Knowing a win would give them a chance of being champions – depending on Banstead’s result – Horley were keen to make short work of the chase, but both openers fell relatively cheaply and Horley were 25-2 when Meacher joined Aryan Patel at the crease.
Meacher was batting with a leg injury and finding running between the wickets very difficult, but he overcame this problem to hit some fine shots and made his highest-ever score of 28 not out, including six fours.
Patel ended up on 30 not out as this pair saw Horley home with 5.4 overs to spare.
Reigate Priory Under-15s 144-6 (20 overs), Horley Under-15s 145-4 (19.2 overs), East Surrey Colts League Cup semi-final, Monday 22 July, Betchworth, Horley won by six wickets.
Horley Under-15s are heading for the East Surrey Colts League Cup final after a last-over win at Reigate Priory in the semi-final.
Priory elected to bat and Sam Glynne-Jones survived what Horley thought was a clear stumping and went on to make 50 before retiring. He was well supported by Beau Deathridge with 31 and Jason Cole with 22 as Priory made the excellent score of 144 from their 20 overs.
Freddie Holland took two wickets for Horley and Ben Cooper, George Bowers and Aryan Patel one each.
Needing more than seven an over, Horley made a good start with Zack Collins and Christian Kelly putting on 55 for the first wicket before Kelly was out for 29. Collins went on to make 50 and retire, while Patel contributed 23 before he was dismissed by the first of three run-outs as Horley tried to chase down the total.
Udith Molanguri and Harry Grimwood were also run out in calling mix-ups with Cooper and Horley needed eight from the last over when Shae Meacher joined Cooper in the middle. Cooper decided to take the running of quick singles out of the equation, hitting two fours from the first two balls of the over to secure the win for Horley.
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