Exiles won by 12 runs in an excellent game on Sunday.
Choosing to bat first, Exiles got off to a flier thanks in particular to Shahid Iqbal (37 off 23) with support from Bilal Musakhel (25 off 46) taking Exiles to 77 for 1 in the 15th over. However wickets then fell quickly and at 103 for 6 Exiles looked in danger of falling short of a par score, but Andy Wingfield (27) with support from most of the tail took the score to 189 all out in the last over.
An excellent spell of 2 for 20 off 7 from Yayha Khan checked OMTs progress in response and when the returning Jon Parker-Jones (3 for 12) took 3 quick wickets Exiles looked set for a reasonably routine win, only for a belligerent Simon Boardley with a rapid 54 not out for OMT nearly getting his side home.
Luckily Huss Quereshi picked up 2 wickets at the other end to seal an ultimately tense 12 run win for the Exiles.
As yet unconfirmed fixture for next Sunday but hopefully the club can find an away game somewhere.
Exiles were hammered by 194 runs at Spencer on Sunday.
Spencer won the toss and promptly piled up 316 for 3 – a club record conceded by the Exiles – with only Bernard and Marcin picking up a wicket.
Bernard hit 51 in reply but that was about it as the side was bowled out for 122.
OMT away next week – a side who with 306 for 4 a year ago held the previous record score against Exiles. Time for the bowlers to stand up!
Exiles were beaten by 60 runs by Ploughmans on Sunday – as a partnership of 134 for the 5th wicket for Ploughmans ensured their team recovered from an early triple strike from Naren Patel (3 for 19) to post a very competitive 202 all out. Once the partnership had been broken, Exiles did well to take 6 wickets for only 33 runs, but the damage had been done.
An early partnership of 42 between Shahid Iqbal (37) and Sahir Khursid gave Exiles hope in reply but in truth they never got close despite a hard hit 48 not out from Andy Wingfield.
Old Ruts away next week.
Exiles picked up a fifth win of 2018 courtesy of an 18 run win over the Whalers in an engrossing encounter in the Dundonald Rec drizzle.
Exiles mustered 140 all out batting first, with Amil Patel (34) at the start of the innings and Simon Gundry (33) marshalling the tail, ensuring the Exiles achieved a competitive total to defend.
Whalers reached 54 without loss in reply before Ling (2 for 34) broke through with a caught (caught) and bowled. Thereafter Exiles took wickets regularly – shared throughout the bowlers with Yayha Khan (2 for 13) and then Jibran Ahmed (2 for 18) finishing things off.
A really pleasing win for the Exiles after a tough battle. Ploughmans at Abbey Rec next week.