Exiles finally got 11 players on the field including 5 debutants – but were still beaten by 49 runs by Whalers in a rain-affected match.
Whalers batted first and got of to a flyer before golden arm Leuvennink broke through. With Ling (3 for 27) picking up 3 wickets quickly, Exiles were suddenly back in the game at 147 for 5 only for the rain to intervene bringing a premature tea with Whalers on 166/5 off 30.2.
Agreement was reached that Exiles required 167 off 28 and a fine start ensued as Kinal Patel (25) and Taylor (25) put on 52 before Taylor was bowled. Exiles were still well placed at 102/3 before wickets suddenly fell in a heap as Whalers bowling improved considerably in the wet conditions – Exiles falling to 117 all out.
Beddington away next week.
Agricola beat Exiles by 24 runs at Nursery Road on Sunday in a game where both sides barely had 9 players.
Agricola batted first and made 180/5 thanks mainly to a hard-hit 65 from no 6 White, with skipper-for-the-day Steve Parkinson taking 3 for 15 for the Exiles – with 3 fine scalps of Almond, Thody and White.
Another fifty from Keith Roberts (57) and contributions from Leuvennink (34) and Zieleniewski (36) saw Exiles well-placed in the chase on 146/3 but a late flurry of wickets saw the Exiles fall just short on 156.
A brave effort on a week of poor availability. A first trip to Magdalen awaits next week.
Exiles were in good form in picking up a 7 wicket victory against the Clapham Nomads at Cottenham Park.
After a couple of early strikes from Jibran (2 for 34), Nomads built steadily to reach 114/2 before golden-arm Leuvennink (2 for 26) picked up the key wicket of Hassan (44). With Wingfield (3 for 22) then going through the middle order, Nomads innings petered out to 147 all out.
A fine partnership of 86 between Roberts (57) and skipper Plume (47no) ensured the match was never in doubt as Exiles cruised home in impressive style.
Agricola at Nursery Road next week.
Exiles were ultimately beaten by 63 runs by Spencer at Field View on the 2017 season opener, despite a vey decent showing from the side for much of the game.
Openers Andy Wingfield (3 for 17 – including his 300th career Exiles wicket) and skipper Chris Plume (3 for 43) reduced Spencer to 60 for 6 and with 2 wickets then following for Shane Kruger (2 for 34) Exiles had their hosts at 93 for 8, but a hard hit 71 off 51 balls from Spencers no 8 saw the home side reach 175 all out.
It was also a pleasing sight to see debutant Alex Roberts (1 for 30) take a wicket on senior cricket debut as he bowled in tandem with his Dad.
In reply Exiles reached 78 for 1 with Keith Roberts (30) and Dominic Hodgson (25) threatening big scores before wickets started falling and Exiles falling to 112 all out.
So a defeat, but one to certainly take encouragement from.