Southborough replaced Sidcup on 16th June, won the toss and opted to bat first. Davis (15) was first to lose his wicket, bowled by Rocky Grice in the 9th over. Next to go was Taylor (6), bowled by Junior Josh van Heerden. Josh struck again in a double wicket maiden 17th over when, appropriately on Father’s Day, he was assisted by a catch by his father Juan van Heerden to send Roberts (39) back to the pavilion, and split the stumps of Brannigan (7). Two overs later he saw off Patel (4) with a Rocky catch. Wildman (8) was caught by none other than, yes, you’ve guessed, Josh van Heerden, off a ball from Patrick Ferguson in the 28th over when the visitors’ score stood at 115. That brought J Matthews (69) and C Williams (24) together and in a partnership of 64 they pushed up the run rate and with it the score, both their wickets taken by Darren Semple, Williams caught by Rocky in a wicket maiden for Darren. Nash (2) was bowled by Rocky, caught Nick Semple in the final over. Captain K Matthews (6) and R Williams (1) carried their bats as the Southborough innings ended with 193 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Bowling honours went to Darren (2-1-5-2) and Josh (6-1-21-4), who can be very proud of his performance.
Capel’s innings got off to a disappointingly slow start, with openers Sam Carpenter (11), Bim Gajjar (11) and Simon Lander (13) struggling to find gaps in S’boro’s fielding wall. Darren (70) and Juan (34) in a middle order 10 over partnership of 81 picked up the run rate to the delight of the spectators, finding the boundary and with great running between the wickets taking every chance of a quick single. When Darren was dismissed in the 32nd over (or was it the 33rd – the scorer missed a row in the book!) with the score at 156, Captain Ryan Walmsley (0) had already walked out to the wicket and straight back again, and Juan had re-joined the spectators. Ian Matthews (0) enjoyed a short time at the crease and did not add to the tally, nor did Nick or Josh, but in an exciting finish Rocky (12) and Patrick Ferguson (9 not out) struck out to take the score to 182. That was tantalisingly close to the target, but champagne stayed on ice as the home side were all out in 38.4 overs.
S’boro’s wicket takers were Taylor with 3, C Williams & Roberts with 2 each, and Brannigan, Nash & K Matthews with 1 apiece.