by Don Foreman
Loose’s Captain J Chambers won the toss at FOG on the unseasonably cold 27th September and opted to bat first, himself facing the first ball. He was also the first out, for 8, b Rocky Grice. M Fairway (9) was next, b Ryan Walmsley, followed by L Tucker (5) run out by Dan Stronell. No. 2 C Chambers (60) had by then settled in at the crease, and with P Kenward (98 n/o) formed a 104 run partnership, brought to an end when he launched a ball from Dan, starting to walk even before it had dropped into the waiting hands of wicket keeper Pieter Booyse. J Tucker (25) was b Phil Lander, and D Day (1) lost his wicket, b Ryan, in the last over. I Barter was not out for the contribution of 1 run to the Loose total of 227 for the loss of 6 wickets in 40 overs.
The bowling summary was Ryan 2 wickets, and Dan, Rocky and Phil 1 each – and there was the run out.
227 is quite a target for Capel, but their innings started well when both openers, Dan and Jon Stronell, scored off their first balls. Dan was out in the 3rd over, b Puxty c J Tucker, for 10, and Bim Gajjar (1) was next to rejoin his shivering team mates on the boundary, b Puxty c M Fairway. Jon (31) was joined by Phil Lander and in the 10th over Capel were ahead of Loose at the same point in their innings by 7 runs and 1 wicket. Jon was dismissed in the 15th, lbw Puxty, to be replaced by Tom Stronell, who scored 27 in a 60 run 10 over partnership with Phil, brought to an end when Tom was b C Chambers and the home side’s score stood at 131. Darren (7) c&b Kenward, did not linger long, but big-hitting Ryan (41 n/o) forged a match-winning partnership of 70 with Phil, who at 99 n/o was cruelly deprived of his century by just one run. In fading light, the pink ball having been in use for most of Capel’s innings, Phil hit the winning boundary to take the hosts’ score to 231 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 38.3 overs.
For the record, the Loose wicket takers were Puxty with 3, and C Chambers & P Kenward 1 apiece.
Capel were delighted to win the last competitive match of the 2020 season, surely the strangest since the Club was re-formed, and both players and supporters look forward to next year with eager optimism.