With Captain Darren Semple hors de combat as a result of a cricketing injury sustained the previous day (get well soon Skip!) and Vice Juan on holiday, Tom Stronell led the team to Loose CC’s Rumworth ground on 26th July.
When Capel won the toss – for the first time this season – and Loose did not make a single run in the first two overs, maidens from Rocky Grice and Phil Lander, the match started well for the visitors. So it continued, Capel’s bowlers keeping the run rate below 3 an over until the 8th, when Day (26) and Glennie (26) stepped up a gear. Day lost his wicket in the 14th over, b by Capel newbie Adam Hollingsworth c Tom Stronell, and Glennie was bowled in the 17th, the first of Ian Matthews’ victims, with the score standing at 81. From then on C Chambers (92) and Reed (73), in a partnership of 128, took a firm hold of the game, helped by a series of dropped catches. Ian dismissed both in the closing 5 overs, C Chambers lbw and Reed bowled. Fairway (n/o 1) and J Chambers (n/o 25) took Loose to 262 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Ian’s 3 wickets won him suitably distanced congratulation, and Phil’s figures 8-1-25-0 demonstrate a commendable economy in bowling.
In a mirror-image of the Loose innings Capel’s Jon Stronell (3) and Sam Gibbons (0) did not trouble the scorer in the first 2 overs, but were back on the other side of the boundary markers in the 4th and 5th overs respectively, Jon b J Chambers c by keeper Glennie and Sam b Barter c Fairway. Ian (44) kept a cool head, and his wicket, until the 27th over when he was b Reed c Glennie, partnered by Phil (6), Adam (13), Sam Patterson (5), Pat Ferguson (9), Greg Ravilious (0) and Tom (0). On Tom’s departure in the 28th over the board recorded Capel’s 101 runs. The tail of Ryan Walmsley (26, including two 4s and a 6) and Rocky (n/o 19, including two 4s) wagged excitedly, but even the most optimistic Capel supporter did not expect them to overhaul the Loose total, and the visitors were all out in the 31st over for 141 runs.
Loose wicket takers were Reed with 3, Barter, J Chambers and Bruce 2 apiece, and Captain S Puxty with 1.
Capel had no official ‘Man of the Match’, but with 3 wickets and a top score of 44 Ian would surely have gone home wearing the wreath of laurel.