Exiles were well beaten by Southern Railway & Kenley cricket club in the lovely surrounds of the local ground next to Kenley station.
On losing the toss, Exiles were fielding on a sunny day and both SRK openers played well to bring up their 50’s. In fact one of the openers – Prior – cruised to a very good hundred before retiring.
After an impressive, but ultimately unlucky, 8 over spell of leg-spin from debutant Mohammad Islam, it was youngster Ryan Freemantle – also on debut – who broke through with a well-taken catch by Barry Whiteman at mid-on. Freemantle and fellow youngster George Poole (2 for 38) proved the most successful Exiles bowlers as, despite a late strike by Jeff Hilson on his Exiles return, SRK powered their way to 244 for 6 off their 40 overs.
Exiles’ reply got off to an decent start before Mark Bradshaw (13) and Barry Whiteman (37) fell in quick succession as Exiles slipped from 45 for 0 to 66 for 5 in no time. Islam (69) was joined by Andy Wingfield (27) in a partnership of 55 and after Wingfield fell, Hilson soon followed – dismissed LBW, much to his chagrin. The remaining wickets were snaffled quickly and Exiles finished on 156 all out.
An enjoyable afternoon and a fixture the Exiles will surely look to resurrect soon. Next up are Surbiton Imperials at the Joseph Hood recreation ground.
Energy Exiles produced a far improved overall performance to last weeks debacle, but were denied victory at the death in a classic at Cottenham Park against old foes Agricola.
Agricola batted first and powered their way to 235 for 4 off their 40 overs – with 100 runs off the last 10 overs.
Exiles’ reply was astonishing – in so many ways. Captain John Tither (140) decided he’s a better player than a number 8 and opened with Mark Bradshaw (67) in a fabulous and club record-breaking partnership – for all wickets – of 212. But when the skipper was finally bowled – beating Jon Taylors’ near 10 year hold on the individual innings club record highest score – Exiles lost momentum and wickets, agonisingly failing to win the game and having to settle for a tie, as Agricola’s bowling improved right at the end.
A stunning game of cricket that Exiles will rue not winning – but a memorable game of cricket none-the-less.
Not pleasant reading this for Exiles fans… as a 9 man Exiles side was given a 10 wicket thumping by an on-form looking Cypos side.
Exiles batted first and with the ball swinging and seaming all over the shop, could only scramble 91 all out – 2 balls short of batting their entire 40 overs – with only the returning Mark Bradshaw (32) offering significant resistance.
In reply, the hard-hitting Cypos openers won in record time – as the Exiles bowlers struggled with the increasingly slippery ball and treacherous footing.
Lucky it’s a big derby game against Agricola next weekend for the club to hopefully put up a much better showing….