Exiles limp to victory…

Exiles beat Agricola by 3 wickets with a tense 3 wicket victory at Haydons Road.

Accurate bowling by the Exiles saw Agricola restricted to 119 all out in 35 overs with Phil Ling taking 4 for 30 on a pitch that was swinging and seaming.

Regular wickets were lost in reply but contributions from Barry Whiteman (23), Craig Williams (17) and Bernard Leuvennink (24) got the Exiles close before a critical partnership of 29 between Simon Gundry (25no) and Ammar Akhtar (7no) saw the Exiles home.

This match was notable for several injuries suffered during the game – for the Exiles Drew Scott-Dawkins (thigh), Jasper Searle (thigh), Bernard Leuvennink (arm) and in particular Jibran Ahmed (hamstring) – which ended his participation in the match early – and for Agricola (and occasional Exile) Justin Lamprecht (calf); there were probably more; it could have been 7-a-side at the end and Steve Parkinson made a return appearance to cricket with a guest appearance for Agricola.

A good win for the Exiles in the series and a return to Beddington next week – after a 13 gap – awaits.