Even those with little or no interest in that noble game involving leather and willow must have noticed there was a very important cricket match on Sunday 14th July. That’s right – when Cudham Wyse CC replaced Carlton Sports as visitors to Capel. The home side’s Captain, Ryan Walmsley, won the toss and invited Cudham to bat. Marlow (10) was c&b Rocky Grice in the 11th over, when the score stood at a mere 28, but the 129 run partnership of Barnes (64) and Carter (57) put the visitors in a strong position. Of the remaining batsmen only Modha (20) reached double figures, but Cudham finished their 40 overs with 214 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Darren Semple took 2 wickets, one in a wicket maiden, as did Junior Alex Grice in an impressive performance, while Bim Gajjar & Rocky each took 1. But Capel’s star bowler was Jon Stronell, seldom called upon to turn his arm, who took 3 wickets, one c&b, in 4 overs, conceding just 11 runs. Fielders credited with catches were Darren, Rocky, Simon Lander and, making a welcome return to the team, Nathan Pascal-Smith.
Capel lost their first 3 wickets cheaply – Kevin Jenner (12), Simon (0) & Bim (0) – but Ryan (41) and Darren (23) soon found the boundary, matching the visitors’ run rate. When Ryan walked back to the pavilion in the 20th over Capel had 96 runs on the board. Jon (13) was next to lose his wicket, and Alex (5), Matt Bryant (0) & Joe Semple (1) were dismissed in successive 35th, 36th & 37th overs. That left Rocky (n/o 1) and top-scorer Nathan (n/o 45) at the crease when Capel’s innings ended with 189, also with 9 wickets down in 40 overs.
J Thomas and D Thomas each took 3 wickets, and Kelson, Modha & Carter took 1 apiece.
As for that other match, the one taking place at Lord’s, play on FOG Rec was suspended as the teams ran back to the pavilion to watch the finish which the word ‘thrilling’ does not even begin to describe. When England won the cheer must have been heard in Paddock Wood!