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Chobham 182-8 (44.4 overs)
Horley 231-5 dec (47.5 overs)
Horley win by 49 runs

CRICKET: CHOBHAM’S summer siesta continued on Saturday as they lost for a fourth straight match – and are still without a home win to their name this season.

Chob’s recent fall from grace has now seen them plummet down the league positions into the dreaded relegation places, with only bottom side Caterham – who they face in a basement battle royale this Saturday – now propping them up.

TRYING TO NICK A WICKET – Chobham’s Nick Jackman’s treble proved to be in vain  (Pictures by David Holmes)

TRYING TO NICK A WICKET – Chobham’s Nick Jackman’s treble proved to be in vain (Pictures by David Holmes)

Should this mid-season malaise continue to sap the strength of his slumbering batsmen and bowlers any longer, captain Jon Allen will be calling for the smelling salts, post haste.

The high standard of batting in Surrey County League Division 2 has meant that Allen’s side are yet to dismiss a team outright this term.

But as confident in the dexterity of his bowling attack and fielders as ever, Allen opted for a stint in the outfield having won the coin toss – handing the new ball to trusted hurlers Ian Kemish (1-63) and Nicholas Jackman (3-73).

A mere 25 runs into proceedings and Jackman was celebrating the first wicket as he forced opener George Byles-Wilding to woft one behind to wicket keeper Paul Wiltshire on nine.

Horley’s batting brethren Jimmy and Dave Hyde took up the charge from there, with captain Jimmy in particular taking a no-nonsense approach to the advances of Wiltshire and co – 28 of his 44 coming from clatters across the boundary rope before he was eventually trapped leg-before by a relieved Kemish.

Still at the crease, brother Dave then took the combined Hyde  house contribution to the Horley total to 62 before becoming Jackman’s second victim – but at 85-3 the visitors still looked well-placed to post a meaningful total.

Shameem Cole and Sam Braid were working their fingers to the bone to try and support the attack of Jackman and Kemish, but little did skip Allen know at that stage that another half-century of runs would slip through his side’s fingers until the next wicket fell – Brad Bosnan the man to go, caught in no man’s land by a Braid run out.

But when you can call upon your middle order to chip in with a century then you’ve always got a chance, and that’s exactly what Horley captain Hyde had in reserve as Matt Ware (56) and Richard Waddington (46) finished unmoved with the away side declaring on 231-5, as Chobham again failed to net 10 wickets.

BOWLED OVER - Shameem Cole, who with Sam Braid worked hard to support the attack of Jackman and Kemish

BOWLED OVER – Shameem Cole, who with Sam Braid worked hard to support the attack of Jackman and Kemish

After the switch around Chobham’s woes continued as two of their batting card, Andy Goldsmith and Braid, were forced to retire – the latter having reached 31 not out. All-rounder Cole tried to break that misfortune as he top-scored from his station at No4 with an explosive 50, including nine thwacks across the boundary rope.

Welcome contributions from Ian Lackey (20), Paul Edwards and Oliver Stuart (both 15) kept the Chobham chase alive but when they headed back to the pavilion the game was up as the Chobham tail quacked rather than barked – the final three wickets going down for no score.

Chobham will look to focus on the positives, like Cole’s half-century, to galvanise the troops ahead of Saturday’s dog fight with Caterham.

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