Fordcombe CC came to FOG Rec on 18th August and when Captain Ryan Walmsley won the toss he put the visitors in to bat. Exton (1) was first to lose his wicket, bowled Dan Stronell and confidently caught by Junior Will Jones playing his first game for the Sunday team. What a great start! Randanuga (7) hit the first 4 of the match but was lbw to Ryan in the next over. That was the 10th, when there were 20 runs on the board giving an indication of the slow scoring rate – a tribute to Capel’s bowling and fielding. R Shackleton (6) was lbw to Rocky Grice, who also saw off Mohammed (4) thanks to a catch by Dan. Fordcombe Captain M O’Collins’ 6 off his first ball marked the start of his team’s rally, pushing up the run rate in an 8 over partnership of 78 with Haidar, who had five 6s to his credit. Scoring 35 and 47 respectively they were the only two Fordcombe batsmen to achieve double figures. Step forward demon bowler Joe Stronell, who set O’Collins’ stumps flying and with the next two consecutive balls sent Babar and Parker back to the pavilion without scoring. It was a magnificent 3 wicket maiden 19th over which deserves to be long remembered. In a remarkable bowling co-incidence Dan dismissed Haidar with the first ball of the 20th, and again brought Capel supporters to their feet as the visitors’ score stuck at 113. Not to be left out Jon Stronell bowled Worcester (8), and Juan van Heerden demolished the wicket of B Shackleton (4). Howard was n/o 1, and Fordcombe were all out for 130 in 30.3 overs.
Joe Stronell (3-1-10-3) tops the bowling honours, with Rocky and Dan each accounting for two wickets and Jon, Ryan and Juan each taking one.
Given the visitors’ modest score Capel must have been optimistic about their chances of winning, and the innings started well with opener Jon Stronell (29) finding the boundary with his 3rd ball. Alas, once again the visitors’ bowling line up proved too strong, not only keeping the down the run rate but dismissing batsmen too cheaply. Bim Gajjar (0) was first to walk back to the pavilion, followed by Tom Stronell (10), Rocky (1), Junior Josh van Heerden (13) – who performed better than most of his Senior team mates – and Ryan (0), whose bail flew half way to the boundary, struck by yet another fast ball from Haidar. Dan (9) did not survive Jon’s departure for long, and Joe (0) was disappointed not to match his prowess with the ball when he was at the crease. Juan van Heerden (n/o 35) top-scored and made a valiant effort to save the match supported by Alex Stevenson (6) and 14 year old Will, who did not trouble the scorer but by ably defending his wicket enabled Juan to score runs and take Capel’s total to 113 all out in 30.5.
Fordcombe’s Haidar did most damage, taking 4 wickets, Exton and Babar took 2 and Mohammed and Parker 1 each.