Next day the Seniors travelled to Withyham’s beautiful ground, and with buzzards, red kites and Easyjet aircraft flying overhead and rare English Longhorn Cattle peering over the fence, the home side, who won the toss, batted first. R Willsdon (18) was first out in the 6th over, bowled Junior Nick Semple and caught Andrew Steadman, making a welcome appearance on ‘day release’ after a 3 year absence. No.2 batsman H Smith (n/o 99) – yes, just one short of his century – carried his bat for the full 40 overs and his partnership with S Peerless (40) added 75 runs to the board. Andrew bowled Khan (17) and Mark Banfield’s hard-to-beat bowling saw off both Peerless and Withyham’s Captain M Whitehead (0). Capel’s Captain Ryan Walmsley dismissed the home side’s Juniors Mulder, bowled, and Willsdon, run out. Zakariudakis was not out 19. Withyham maintained a steady 5 an over which took their final score to 218 for the loss of 6 wickets.
For the first 15 overs Capel almost matched the run rate, but failed to maintain it. Tom Stronell (12) hit the first 4 of the innings but lost his wicket in the 5th over. Fellow opener Simon Lander (29) stayed at the crease until the 31st over, no mean feat for one of our senior Seniors. Andrew (39) was Capel’s top scorer, hitting a 4 on his first ball and the first 6 of the innings, followed by Ian Matthews (n/o 35) whose innings included six boundaries. Darren Semple did not trouble the scorer, but Ryan (12), Rocky Grice (4), Joe Semple (2) and Alex Grice (n/o 11) added to the visitors’ total. Junior Alex hit a 4 from his first ball! Capel finished their 40 overs with 164 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Wicket takers were Watson and Morris, both Juniors, with 2 apiece, Underwood, another Junior, and Smith, took 1 each, and there was a run out.
The match was notable for seeing Juniors on both sides enjoying their cricket and playing so well.
Although victory was elusive, Capel improved on their 2018 score against Withyham, when they were 124 all out in 29.2 overs in a fruitless chase of the hosts’ 239.