Shahid Iqbal and the returning Yahya Khan – playing for the Exiles for the first time since the 2019 season – inspired Exiles to an excellent 87 run win over Morden, continuing the sides encouraging start to the 2022 season.
Inserted on an miserable day, Exiles overcame the early loss of skipper Keith with a second wicket partnership which promised much between Ansar (35) and Shahid (27) taking the score to 64 before the second wicket fell.
Exiles lost wickets steadily, but the runs also flowed and a fine, brisk 40 by Yahya ensured momentum was maintained as the side finished 179 for 9, with a nice little flourish by Evan Roberts at the end.
Merton were never really in the chase as another decent all round bowling performance restricted them to 92 all out – with Masie (3 for 9), Yahya (3 for 5) and Shahid (2 for 25) the most successful bowlers. Shahid also took 2 excellent catches in a fine all round performance – including one absolute screamer!
So a second win from 3 in 2022 and on to a new fixture next week – Sheen Park away at Sheen Common.