With the Exiles 25th anniversary club match only a week away, an Exiles side featuring 5 debutants – 4 borrowed from an over-subscribed Clapham Nomads, was beaten by 7 wickets at Abbey Rec on Sunday.
On electing to bat, Exiles made a steady start before 4 quick wickets reduced the side to 54 for 4. A partnership of 52 between skipper Chris Plume (51) and Andy Wingfield rebuilt the innings but when they both fell, the innings subsided to a meagre 117 all out, perhaps 50 below par as the Nomads bowled very well.
The Nomads also batted well as despite a run out, and strikes from Ahmed and Wingfield, they cruised home in increasingly wet conditions, with Hassan as ever looking good for 37 not out.
Exiles cannot possibly fail to win when they play themselves next week.
Superb innings by Zimbabwean debutant Kevin Ervine (62 off 34) and South African Bernard Leuvennink (74no off 65) fired the Exiles to a decent 38 run win over Whalers at Chiswick.
Exiles batted first on winning the toss and it proved the right decision as Ervine initially and Leuvennink at the death drove the Exiles towards an imposing 204 for 7 off their 35 overs.
A hostile opening spell by Jibran Ahmed ensured Whalers were always behind the rate and Phil Ling’s 4 wickets in the middle (4 for 38) kept the Exiles on top and it was left to Andy Wingfield (2 for 17) to wrap up the win with 2 late wickets.
2 wins on the bounce into Clapham Nomads at Nursery Road next week.
A fabulous debut hundred by Hussain Qureshi handed the Exiles a 107 run win over Unabombers on Sunday.
At 51 for 4 the Exiles were teetering, but a partnership of 67 between Qureshi and Leuvennink (38) restored the innings and a hard hit partnership of 107 in 13 overs at the end of the innings with Wingfield (37) supporting Qureshi to a powerful hundred – with 7 sixes – led the Exiles to an above par 233 for 7 off their 35 overs.
Wingfield and Ahmed then reduced Unabombers to 1 for 3 and despite 52 from away skipper Begley, Unabombers were never in the chase, with most bowlers picking up wickets as the away side were bowled out for 126 in the last over, with Alex Roberts picking up 2 wickets.
An impressive confidence boosting win. Whalers away at Chiswick next week.