After two early season victories fortunes were dramatically reversed at Burwash on 19th May, when Capel’s Captain Ryan Walmsley won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Christie (5) and Callow (30) were both back in the pavilion by the end of the 8th over, with 41 runs on the board. That brought Sugar (54) and Faris (87) together and their hour-long partnership of 117 took the score to 158. After Sugar was dismissed, Martin (6), Wilson (9), Lipscombe (11) and Burwash Captain Harbour (5 n/o) saw the innings finish on 230 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 40 overs.
Daniel Stronell’s bowling figures (8-3-12-3) speak for themselves, while Junior Nick Semple took a wicket assisted by a catch by his father Darren, who also notched up 3 of his 8 overs as maidens. Ryan, Mark Banfield and Patrick Ferguson took wickets, with keeper Ian Matthews taking credit for a catch and a stumping.
Capel’s performance against Jardine XI proved that 230 could be overtaken, and Sam Carpenter’s 4 off the first ball inspired confidence. His first two partners, Alex Stevenson and Darren Semple, both bowled by Christie, were dismissed cheaply, but the 107 run partnership of Sam, at 95 off 59 balls narrowly deprived of another century, and Dan (39) pushed the score up to 137. Welcome newcomer Nil Wadhwani was just settling in when he was unlucky to be run out without scoring, and his departure heralded a Capel middle order collapse from 139 for 2 to 148 for 7, only Nick (2) and Ian (8 n/o) of the remaining batsmen adding to the scoreboard, which at 25.3 overs showed 156 runs for the visitors.
Bowling credit goes to Burwash’s doyen Paul Morgan Jones, who took 4 wickets in 5 balls – and he took a catch, too! There are no prizes for guessing who was the home side’s Man of the Match.