Horley are finding life in Cherwell League Division 4 much harder than expected after being comprehensively outplayed for the second week running. Having won the toss, captain Jon Hart asked Great Tew to bat on a green topped wicket at The Taylor Oval and during the early exchanges, honours were even, Tew finding themselves 33-1 from 10 overs. Ed Gross gave a couple of early chances, including a missed stumping, before settling into a fine innings of 117* and a 200 partnership with Markus Jeacock (96) posting a formidable total of 248-4.
Horley’s reply was immediately rocked by the early dismissals of Nick Tarrant and Dave Clark, both LBW, as Tew took control with excellent swing bowling from their youthful attack. Only Jamie Abbotts 37* and Pete Papenfus were able to occupy the crease for any length of time as Horley limped to 140-5 from 47 overs.
The 1st Team played against some old friends from the OCA, East Oxford on a very showery day at Horley. Ali Malik was the pick of the bowlers getting 5-59 off 21 overs. Horley managed to get 153 for 6 after leaving the field a number of times for rain. Overs got reduced to 46/41 split but East Oxford only needed 23 overs to reach the small target winning by 7 wickets.
Horley 1: Steve Palmer 44*, Pete Papenfus 39*
East Oxford: Atif Ali 64*, M Siddiqi 35* / Ali Malik 5-59
Horley 2nd Team made the best of a wet day getting more points on the board than the opposition. Didcot 3rds struggled to get near the 235 that the Horley boys posted. Mark Tubb getting his first league half century reaching 69 and Nigel Leach getting a good 52. Richard Hart slowed Didcot’s chase getting 4-55. Then the rain came a stayed. Match Drawn
Didcot: J Head 66, E Mathews 32 / A Rodman 4 – 61
Horley 2: M Tubb 69, N Leach 52 / R Hart 4 – 55
Now that the weather has improved we will be training on Thursdays from 6pm at the ground. Hope to see people there for net and fielding practise.
There is just one weekend to go before fixtures start and there are still a few jobs to do. Please if you can pop down from 10 am on Sunday 28th to lend a hand and get us ready for a great season.