A fine all-round performance from Tim Storey helped the Exiles defeat Merton on Sunday.
Merton batted first but were restricted to 133 all out as Storey (3 for 17) and Phil Ling (3 for 35), in particular, shone in swinging and seaming conditions.
Exiles initially struggled in response – as Merton bowled well – restricting the Exiles to 67 for 5 – before Storey (29no) and Johnny Aloysius (28no) – combined with a smooth partnership of 67 to see the Exiles home to a good win.
Next up is Surbiton Imperials in Kingston.
A much-changed Exiles line-up – including 4 debutants – was well beaten by a very strong Agricola side in the Chiswick heat on Sunday.
Exiles batted first and were restricted to 177/8 off their 40 – with Keith Roberts battling his way to 53 and 3 or 4 other batsmen making starts. However this total was probably 50 short of par.
Or perhaps even more if Agricola’s batting had anything to do with it as they powered past the Exiles total in just 26.1 overs – with Almond (61no) and Lamprecht (101) the main instigators. Tim Storey (1 for 45) picked up the only wicket late on.
Hopefully some injuries will heal this week, some availabilities will improve, allowing the Exiles to respond in the best possible fashion next week against Merton at Nursery Road.
Exiles returned to bogey-ground Raynes Park with a much-changed 10 man side on Sunday and were beaten by 8 wickets by WICC.
On batting first, in hot conditions, Exiles soon wilted to 45 for 5, only for an excellent rebuilding partnership of 101 between Mark Bradshaw (70no) and Will Kent (40) to help steer the total to 162 for 8 off the full 40 overs. 200 was probably closer to par.
In response, despite an early wicket from Phil Ling (1 for 19), WICC cruised home with over 6 overs unused, Johnny Aloysius (1 for 28) taking the Exiles only other wicket.
Agricola next up. Bigger than the Ashes.
Energy Exiles – inspired by the two Johnnies – Tither and Aloysius – beat Whalers by 27 runs on Sunday.
After a sedate opening, the batting was significantly boosted at the death by a magnificent 25 ball half-century from the Exiles skipper, as Tither finished 58 not out from 28 balls, leading the Exiles to a par score of 193.
With the sun shining and plenty of runs seemingly available, it was definitely game on; and all 5 Exiles bowlers can take some credit for bowling out the opposition for 166 – with 3 wickets apiece for Aloysius, Ling and Wingfield and Gundry’s 7 overs only yielding 14 runs for the opposition.
A good win for the Exiles and the season is hopefully gaining some momentum. Next up are WICC at Raynes Park.