Opening Day Defeat…

Exiles’ 2023 season started belatedly with a disappointing 8 wicket defeat away at new opposition Ewell.

On choosing to bat, the Exiles top order dug in, but founds runs hard to come by on the early season track, with Keith (19) and skipper Shahid (14) in particular doing their best to help the Exiles amass a competitive score.

Once they were dismissed there wasn’t much to follow – with only Yahya reaching double figures – as the Exiles subsided to 74 all out.

In reply, 74 didn’t prove to be anywhere near enough, despite a wicket on debut for Anil Pappu and a caught & bowled from Masie, as Ewell completed the win in 22.1 overs.

On to Riverbank Ramblers next week at Barn Elms.