Winning the toss and starting the match early when Tonbridge Juddians visited FOG on 11th August might have been to Capel’s benefit but, as we shall see, any advantage did not extend to the home side’s innings.
TJ’s opener Bourne did not score, but when he was bowled John Beasley (JB), caught Ian Matthews, in the 2nd over, there were already 19 runs on the board, and 39 for the loss of that one wicket at the end of the 4th. That was the score when Mutch (25) was bowled Joe Stronell, caught Guy Pengelley, and Salter (19) was caught & bowled JB. The departure of these 3 batsmen heralded a TJ middle order collapse in the face of a sustained bowling attack spearheaded by JB, and excellent catching in the field – Stolton (1), J Lewis (0), Crouch (0), Langridge (0) and Jackson (9) – so that in the 13th over, and with 57 runs on the board, 8 TJ wickets had fallen. TJ’s Captain Kev Jenner decided that a steadying presence was required, strode to the crease and there dropped anchor, allowing S Lewis, in a partnership of 70, to score 55 runs, including nine 4s and two 6s. Lewis was eventually bowled Jon Stronell, caught Guy, by which time the TJ score had moved on to a much more respectable 127. On the last ball of the 32nd over Jenner (17) was bowled Joe Stronell, aided by a magnificent gravity-defying left-handed catch by wicket keeper Alex Stevenson. Holder was not out but did not add to the TJ total of 140 all out in 32 overs.
JB was Capel’s barn-storming bowler, adding his name to the honours board with 5 wickets taken for the concession of 25 runs in 6 overs, including two maidens, one a double wicket. Joe Stronell and Bim Gajjar each took two wickets and another was claimed by Jon Stronell. 9 of the 10 dismissals were the result of catches, 3 by Guy, 2 each by Ian and Alex, 1 by Darren Semple, plus JB’s c&b.
140 should have been a relatively easy target and Capel got off to a flying start when Guy hit a 4 with his first ball – only to be out, bowled Mudge, on his second. Of the remaining Capel batsmen Joe Stronell (36) was top scorer, and although he went in at number 6 when the score was 40 for a while it looked as if his partnership with Captain Ryan Walmsley (23), at number 8, might yet stem the tide, but it was not to be. To spare them embarrassment let’s just say that the other batsmen added 19 between them. Capel finished with 92 runs, all out in 30.1 overs.
TJ’s bowling honours go to Mudge and Langridge, each with 4 wickets, and J Lewis with 2. Credit should also be given to S Lewis, 4 of whose 6 overs were maidens, with only 3 runs conceded.
Once again the Capel Cup was awarded to Tonbridge Juddians.