Following a heavy thunderstorm an hour before the match, Exiles managed to beat an under-strength Nomads side by 6 wickets.
Nomads, perhaps surprisingly, elected to bat, and were dismissed for just 47, with the wickets shared amongst all 4 bowlers – with Phil Ling (3 wkts) the most successful.
In response, it took Exiles just 8.4 overs to reach their target – but it wasn’t without a couple of wobbles – firstly Todorov and a certain Naren Patel (guesting for the oppo) removed Akthar and Aloysius – leaving the Exiles teetering on 14 for 2.
Then, following an excellent cameo of 31 off 16 (with 7 fours) from Jasper Searle which brought the scores level, 2 wickets in 2 balls from Andrew West caused chaos amongst the under-padded Exiles batters – as Searle was bowled by one that shot along the ground and then Simon Gundry was caught by a stunning reaction catch at midwicket. The cool-head of Marcin Zieleniewski – batting in loafers and shorts – slogged the winning run.
Exiles are having a break over the bank holiday weekend; next up are WICC on 2nd September at Chiswick.
Exiles returned from a surprisingly fractious game against CYPOS with a good 35 run win on Sunday.
On batting first, we amassed 192 for 7, with 50’s for Keith and Jasper (with a sudden return to form) and some good hitting by Wil at the death.
The bowlers then started very well – reducing a strong CYPOS top order to 39 for 4, before a big-hitting 71 from the number 6 brought the game back into the balance, only for an excellent boundary catch by Jasp to more-or-less seal things. CYPOS eventually all out for 157.
Much better all-round team performance, though this match wasn’t without several moments of controvery, which will take some reflecting on.
Nomads are next up – at Raynes Park. Hopefully the good cricket will continue…
Exiles unfortunately cancelled their proposed game with Dodgers on Thursday 9 August due to lack of available numbers. Even altering start-time to a more work-friendly 6pm couldn’t tempt the Exiles’ out of their mid-season, rain-induced, cricket hibernation.
However numbers (and weather forecast) for this Sunday against Cypos both look good…
NOTE – next midweek game is against Dodgers at 6pm on Thursday 23 August at Chiswick. Please try to make yourself available for this game if at all possible to avoid another cancellation.
More rain. Yawn. This time Surbiton Imperials away was cancelled.
Two games – in theory – for the Exiles this week – Thursday, 2pm start against Dodgers at Chiswick and Sunday, 2pm start against CYPOS (venue to be confirmed.)