Capel Captain Ryan Walmsley won the toss and put a 9-strong Loose CC in to bat on the sunny autumn afternoon of 15th September. Opener Glennie (15) was first to lose his wicket, bowled Juan van Heerden, caught by wicket-keeper Alex Stevenson. That brought the Chambers brothers together to push up the run rate to a little more than 6 an over until C Chambers (29) was out in the 11th over, bowled Ryan and trapped by the safe hands of ‘keeper Alex. Wickets fell in the next 3 consecutive overs, J Chambers (17) bowled Bim Gajjar, caught Darren Semple, Kenward (4) bowled Ryan, caught Ian Matthews, and Bunn (0) caught Darren in Bim’s wicket maiden 14th over. When Joubert (11) was lbw to Ryan in the 17th the visitors’ score stood at 97. Darren struck gold – and the wicket of Loose Captain R Wood (6) – with his first ball. Mark Banfield (3-1-6-0) was not among the wicket takers, but his figures show how Loose was denied runs under his bowling attack. Tail-enders Hares and Bruce (n/o 17) stoutly defended their wickets in a much-reduced run rate until Hares (11) was bowled Ian Matthews, making a welcome return to the bowling line-up, caught Darren, bringing the Loose innings to an end in the 34th over with 144 runs on the board.
Ryan took 3 wickets, Bim 2, and Juan, Darren and Ian 1 each.
Capel’s openers either adopted a match plan based on the Aesop fable of the tortoise and the hare, or found Loose bowlers’ accuracy gave little chance for scoring, as the initial run rate was well behind that of the visitors’. Bim (1) was first out, bowled by Wood, followed by Darren (24) in the 14th when the score stood at 45. Opener Simon Lander top-scored with 31, batting in the hot sun for 27 overs. When Alex (28) and Tom Stronell (0) returned to the shade of the verandah in the 28th over courtesy of J Chambers the score had increased to 92. Kevin Jenner’s 1 run, plus extras, took the total on the board to 95, setting Capel the challenge of scoring 50 runs in 9 overs. Ian (26 n/o) and Juan (24 n/o) were more than up for the challenge, and in an exciting 7th wicket 50 partnership comfortably overhauled the Loose score, Ian hitting the boundary to win the match in the 36th over.
Capel finished with 145 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 36.5 overs, with enough daylight left to sit outside and, beer cans in hand, celebrate the victory.