It all started so well at Wateringbury on 30th June, when not only did Capel win the toss but their opener Moodley was bowled by Joe Stronell with the 4th ball of the first over just 4 minutes into the game. Medhurst (17) was next to lose his wicket, c&b Darren Semple, but not until the 11th over when there were 46 runs on the board. By then Wateringbury’s Captain R Benjamin (29) had settled in, but he proved vulnerable to the bowling of Capel’s Captain Ryan Walmsley, who gave three more of the hosts’ players the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine bathing the terrace of the south-facing pavilion, Goodchild (0) lbw, Farndon (6) caught by Darren, and Rye (23) bowled. At that stage the scoreboard showed 115 for the loss of 6 wickets in 26 overs. Unfortunately for Capel fortunes were rapidly reversed by the 110 run partnership of on-form Hussein (59) who hit three 6s and six 4s, and Kersey (37), who took the home side’s score to 227. Hussein was bowled by Tony Fowle and Kersey was bowled by Joe, caught Ian Matthews. Vyaf (7) was bowled by Tony, caught Joe. Vallance, bowled Tony, and Barragan (not out) did not add to the Wateringbury score of 234 (including 56 extras) in 39.5 overs.
To summarise the bowling, Ryan took 4 wickets, Tony 3, Joe 2 and Darren 1.
Despite the bonne chance brought by Lindsey and Simon Hebborn, who had travelled from France especially to support us, and a Red Arrows flypast, Capel knew they had a challenge to face. The start of the visitors’ innings was as disastrous as Wateringbury’s had been when Jon Stronell (5) was dismissed lbw to Benjamin in the 3rd over with 6 runs scored. That’s where the total stubbornly remained as Tony, Darren and Joe walked out to the wicket and back again in a depressing procession before the 4th over ended. In the 5th Ryan (4) joined them among the spectators. Juan van Heerden (46) hit the first of his ten boundaries in a heart-warming 80 run partnership with Ian Matthews (37), himself hitting seven 4s. It was a valiant and inspiring effort by the middle order but, despite overtaking the Wateringbury run rate, too late. Tom Stronell (9) enjoyed a brief spell alongside Ian, and they were replaced by the intriguing pairing of experience and youth in Capel’s senior Senior, Simon Lander (2), and Junior Nick Semple (4), who scored his runs with a magnificent 4. Just for the record, Nick is 14 but for Simon that age is a distant memory. Nick was joined by 12 year old brother Joe who brought the watching Capel team and supporters to their feet with a confident drive to the boundary – making his day even more special after scoring 37 runs and taking 3 wickets for Capel’s Under-13s that very morning. Who knows how the game might have turned out had Captain Ryan reversed the batting order? When Nick was dismissed in the 29th over the score stood at 141, with not-out Joe proudly carrying his bat.
Benjamin took 4 wickets, Hussein, Vyaf, Rye, Vallance, Farndon and Barragan one each.
Comments from Capel players perfectly sum up the afternoon – “They got too many runs”, and “If we had played better, and they had played worse, we could have won!”