September began with a kaleidoscopically colourful cornucopia of cricket when 6 teams clad in red, blue, black, green, white and yellow competed for the Capel Cup. With mixed teams of 10 players, Seniors, Juniors & Ladies, plus supporters, around 100 people of all ages enjoyed a spectacular full day of cricket.
Two softball matches were played at the same time, and spectators were hard-pressed to choose which one to watch, as both were equally exciting.
The first pair of games were the Blues (Lisa’s Lions) vs. Reds (Michelle’s Marauders) which the Blues won by 263 runs to 257, and the Blacks (Suzi’s Sixers) vs. Greens (Juan’s Jewels) from which the Greens emerged victorious with 264 to 238.
They were followed by Whites (Walmsley’s Whackers) vs. Yellows (Barwick’s Bashers), which the Whites narrowly won by 269 to 267, and Reds vs. Greens, which had the Reds in front by 268 to 264.
Next to take to the specially prepared wickets were the Yellows vs. the Blues, with the Yellows storming to victory with 294 runs to 230, and the Whites who convincingly defeated the Blacks by 258 to 232.
Two wins gave the Whites an automatic place in the final, and their opponents, achieving the highest aggregate score of 561, were the Yellows. With a crowd cheering them on from the boundary the teams took to the field and in a closely-fought match which could have gone either way the Yellow (Barwick’s Bashers) Team of Jo, Kim, Matt, Chase & Devon Barwick, Darren, Nick & Joe Semple, Joe Sanders and Tom Stronell, claimed the Cup by 6 runs, 247 to 241.
The real winner, however, was the club itself which provided a superb day of fun and entertainment for all the family, from the youngest (5 years old?) player on the field to the oldest (I wouldn’t dare hazard a guess) admiring grandparent watching from the pavilion’s verandah.
Besides the awarding of the Capel Cup itself, prizes went to the best Junior, Joe Sanders, the best Lady, Kim Barwick, and the highest scorer, Matt Barwick, with 39 runs off 11 balls. Winner of the longest throw was Ian Matthews.
Chris & Pauline Parker were thanked for running the BBQ (and have been forgiven for the disappointing and mysterious non-appearance of ‘Parker’s Porkers’), as were Norman for manning the bar, umpires Alex and Ian, and the musicians who kept supporters entertained between matches. Plus, of course, none of this would have happened without the hard work of the organising team, especially those who were there early to prepare the pitches, mark boundaries, set up nets and ensure all went well. Photos of the day can be viewed here.