Exiles posted a fine 213 for 8 off their 40 overs on Sunday against Surbiton Imperials, only for an even better batting display from their opposition saw the Exiles suffer their 4th defeat of the season.
On winning the toss and batting Exiles were soon 27 for 3 as the new ball brought rewards for the Surbiton bowlers. Captain-for-the-day Chris Plume’s fine 61 provided the foundations for an Exiles fightback, well supplemented by Dominic Hodgson (26), Bernard Leuvennink (30), Simon Gundry (26no) and Andy Wingfield (28 – with 3 sixes). 213 seemed a decent effort on the sometimes unpredictable DunDonald Rec track.
However Surbiton’s batsmen showed good intent from the off with several boundaries and many quick singles frustrating the toiling Exiles bowlers and fielders. Only Phil Ling (0 for 29) managed an economy of less than 4 as Surbiton completed the win with 8 balls remaining.
The defeat was a touch harsh on an Exiles side who fought well, but well played to the Surbiton Imperials batsmen. Next up is a first ever fixture against Old Ashfordians at Nursery Road.