This was definitely a ‘game of two halves’! Capel won the toss and fielded; not a wise move as it turned out. Their fielding performance could be best described as ‘ordinary’, with observers counting ten dropped catches and some distinctly end of season ground fielding. The result was Burwash scoring 303-8 in 40 overs with opener Cam Christie retiring on 100 and three of the top five scoring over 230 between them. Capel also conceded 45 extras. Jon Grice returned later in the innings to restore some order with more than respectable bowling figures of 8-1-42-3, with Ian Matthews holding two catches.
This target was not really in in range particularly with the miserly Burwash opening attack of Harber and Morgan Jones limiting the scoring to two an over in the first ten overs. However, we were then entertained to one of the best Capel batting performances of the season. Darren Semple hit 91 off 48 balls and Ryan Walmsley 49 off 24, ably supported by Bim Gajjar (38) Simon Lander (20), and Jon Stronell (18). Capel eventually reached 238-6 in 40 overs – a score that would easily have won most fixtures this season, but they lost by 65 runs.
The match, played in a really good spirit with the opposition entertained in the bar afterwards, saw an impressive 541 runs scored in the day and was really decided by the superior Burwash fielding and catching. The old adage ‘catches win matches’ was never better illustrated.