The eccentric Simon Gundry, bowling in shorts after forgetting his white trousers, took a fantastic 5 for 12 to lead Exiles to their first win of 2021 with a 30 run victory against Merton.
Exiles batted first for the first time this summer and a 99 run partnership for the first wicket ensued between Keith (34) and Bernard (76). After that cameos followed from most of the rest of the Exiles order as the side finished on 194 for 5.
In reply a fine partnership of 94 for the 4th wicket looked to have put Merton in pole position, as they were 150 for 3 in the 29th over. But after Alex Roberts made the breakthrough, Gundry ripped through the rest of the Merton batting to finish with his 3rd Exiles 5-fer and best career figures for the club to date.
Merton finished 164 all out as Ling took his now customary late couple of wickets and Exiles were home by 30 runs. Streatham & Marlborough at Nursery Road next week.