Exiles’ hastily arranged fixture for 23 September away at OMT fell foul to the weather. Symptomatic of the season – even the usual late September good weather was not present in 2012!
Those keen for one final game cling to the 1% chance of one further game next Sunday, but it seems time to call it a day for the 2012 season…
The Energy Exiles club match on 15 September in Cottenham Park was a great success.
2 matches were organised – predominantly between the Oldies (members who joined for the 1996 season or before) and the Newbies (joined post 1996). It was very pleasing for the club that both sides were oversubscribed, having 13 or 14 players each.
The series finished 1-1 with both matches going to the final over. Details in the match reports section.
Exiles pulled off an excellent win on Sunday against an OMT Sunday side that hadn’t been beaten in nearly 2 years.
Batting first, Exiles scored 175/8 off 35 overs – Will Kent carrying his bat for 53 not out and Andy Wingfield hitting 41 off 26 balls. The innings was also notable in that the last 4 Exiles dismissals were all stumpings….
In reply, OMT started well, before Phil Ling (3/26) broke through. The key moment however was when the very dangerous Sohan Modi (44) was caught at point by Keith Roberts off Marcin Zieleniewski. From then on, Exiles seemed marginal favourites and duly pulled off a narrow victory, OMT all out for 154.
Next Saturday sees the Exiles 20 year centenary match at Cottenham Park. All Exiles past and present are invited to play in what will be a very sociable occasion – with at least 30 players already confirming their attendance.
Exiles were well beaten on Sunday at Chiswick. A what-turned-out-to-be-quite-important-toss was lost and Exiles were asked to bat – and quickly subsided to 16 for 5 after the first 8 overs to accurate swing bowling.
Simon Gundry’s fine 82 not out (off 84 balls, with 3 sixes) turned things around, with capable support from Will Kent (30) and Marcin Zieleniewski (an entertaining 23), taking the Exiles to 176 for 7 from their 40.
200 was thought to be par, but actually even this seems unlikely to have been enough, as WICC’s no 1 (101) and 3 (56) played excellently in a stand of 143 to more-or-less see their side home, before a couple of late wickets gave the Exiles some consolation; only Andy Wingfield (2 for 24) and Chris Plume (1 for 27) taking wickets.
Next up is OMT at Joseph Hood Rec. next Sunday.