Douglas Jardine’s XI paid their welcome annual visit to Capel on 12th May and invited the home side to bat first. Opener Dan Stronell (22) laid a solid foundation, brought to an end in the 13th over, bowled H Pym caught Smith, which was built on by Guy Pengelley and Bim Gajjar. Guy woke the scorer from his reverie when he hit the first 6 of the innings towards the pavilion, going on to reach 50 runs in the 23rd over and in an unbroken partnership of 134 with Bim retiring when he scored his century on the last ball of the 32nd over with the score standing at 185. Bim (58 not out) achieved his half century with the first ball of the next over. Sam Carpenter (23), victim of a stumping by on-loan wicket keeper Jon Stronell from a ball bowled by Jaggs, and Ryan Walmsley (6 not out) took the final score to 226 for the loss of 2 wickets in 35 overs.
Capel Juniors lent to Jardine’s, Alex Grice and Adam Stronell, bowled with impressive economy, both recording maiden overs.
For the first 20 overs Jardine’s run rate kept pace with Capel’s but wickets tumbled. Eason (3) was lbw to Rocky Grice, who despatched Birse (4) with a catch by Ryan Walmsley and caught and bowled Jardine’s Captain Andrew Pym (31). The visitor’s no. 4 was American Tim Gilboy, playing his first game of cricket. He stayed at the crease for 5 overs until dismissed by Mark Banfield for 8 but not until Mark had already bowled a double wicket maiden 16th over, when Smith (2) and Thomas (4), stumped by wicket keeper Ian Matthews, returned to the pavilion. Jaggs (7) was bowled by Junior Nick Semple, caught Dan Stronell, and Nick struck again when he caught and bowled Alex Grice for 9, but that was not until Alex had shown his skill with the bat by scoring two 4s. That brought Adam Stronell and father Jon together, but their stand was not to last long as Adam (1) was bowled by fellow Junior Josh van Heerden, caught Matthews, and Jon (2) was lbw Bim. That left Hugh Pym not out but without adding to the scoreboard, which showed Jardine’s all out for 93 runs in 26.2 overs.
Wicket takers were John Grice and Mark Banfield with 3 each, Nick Semple with 2 and Josh van Heerden and Bim Gajjar 1 apiece.
Capel’s delight at another victory will be matched by seeing the Juniors, whichever team they played for, making such a solid contribution to the game.