Exiles lost by 2 wickets in a cracking low scoring thriller against Unabombers at Raynes Park.
Batting first, Exiles were indebted to a fine 67 from Hasan in trying to achieve a sufficient score to bowl at. However a late flurry of wickets saw Exiles all out for 128 – probably 30 runs short of par.
Things looked much more promising when Andy (4 for 13) then bowled the top 4 of the Unabombers order to leave them 9 for 4, but the middle order played well collectively – with the number 5 getting 53 – to see their side home by just 2 wickets.
A very tight game that could’ve gone either way. Agricola at Nursery Road next week.
A superb fielding performance – featuring 8 catches – led the Exiles to the first win of 2020 – by 9 wickets over Agricola at Chiswick.
On losing the toss, Exiles were in the field, but found the pitch offering slightly more than expected. However despite an early wicket, Agricola started well thanks to Mike Almond (56) and Adam Norledge (44).
Having reached 133 for 3, Agricola looked well set but Exiles picked up the remaining wickets quickly – as Alex Roberts got Almond and Justin Lamprecht in the same over and Andy Wingfield returned 3 for 14. Exiles catching was excellent as all 8 chances offered were taken, albeit 2 from sub fielders kindly provided by Agricola.
164 seemed well within reach. And Exiles backed up an excellent fielding performance with an equally efficient batting performance – as Keith Roberts anchored with 55 not out, Amil Patel returned 47 and Will Smith showed much promise in his 39 not out.
After a tough first game, things are looking up for the Exiles in this shortened season. Unabombers at Raynes Park next week.
Finally cricket is back! Despite early morning rain the 2020 season began on 19 July 2020 for the Exiles with a 6 wicket defeat at Streatham & Marlborough.
On being put into bat, an early onslaught from Shahid Iqbal (39), a typically steady 65 from Keith Roberts, and contributions from debutant Carl Thomas – in his first cricket match since 1981 – with 38 and Simon Gundry with 35 not out steered the Exiles to 220 for 7 – which felt competitive.
However it wasn’t. After an early strike from Naren, the Streatham second wicket put on 185 in not much more than 20 overs with some fine ball striking against rusty Exiles bowling. 3 late wickets from the Roberts boys showed the Exiles what might have been had the partnership been broken earlier, but the damage had been done – Streatham home with over 10 overs to spare.
Fixtures are being hastily rearranged but at time of writing next fixture looks to be Agricola at Chiswick in a fortnight.
The Exiles 2019 AGM will be held this Sunday, 17th November in the Sultan Pub in South Wimbledon, at 7.30pm.
Full address is 78 Norman Road, London, SW19 1BT.
All are welcome!