Exiles finished the season with an excellent 6 wicket victory over new opponents Battersea Eagles – who were strongly reminiscent of Surbiton Imperials.
On losing the toss, the Exiles bowlers set about their task extremely well, bowling out their oppo for only 133, with Wingfield 3/31, Gundry 2/11 and Ling 3/11 to the fore as Exiles fought back well after the Eagles had reached 59 for 1.
The Exiles reply got off to a steady start – with Iqbal striking some big shots on the way to 35, reaching 64 without loss in 15 overs, before 3 quick wickets set the inevitable panic into operation.
But a reassuring partnership of 35 between Hodgson and Lenton restored Exiles confidence, with Gundry then joining Hodgson to see the Exiles comfortably home.
A fine way to finish what has been a tough season for the club.
Exiles were thumped by 153 runs on a day of constant unpleasant mizzle away at OMT.
Captain Ling won the toss and chose to bowl and Exiles promptly conceded a club record 306 for 4 – with OMTs first team batters Vedd and Modi helping themselves to 101 retired and 73 not out respectively.
The only highlights were a good spell of 2 for 27 by Masie Musakhel and a terrific one-handed diving catch by Wingfield in the deep,
Exiles flew out of the blocks in reply, reaching 100 for 1 in 12 overs and there were whispers of something special brewing as debutants Oliver Morkel (48) and Nigel Howcutt (32) played well.
However the rest of the innings was special – in the wrong way for the Exiles – as OMTs spinners Richards (6/21) and Shanagare (3/35) ripped through the Exiles order.
All out for 153 in heavy rain. Next up are Ploughmans at Nursery Road.
The Exiles 25th year anniversary club match was played recently – on Sunday 27th August at Haydons Road. A report of the day can be found here.
Exiles were beaten by one run in a classic at Field View on Sunday.
Spencer got off to a fast start with the bat only to be pulled back by fine spells from Ling (2 for 20) and the ageless Naren Patel (1 for 16). But Spencer’s young side batted right down their order and they were ultimately able to reach a competitive 183 for 7 off their 40.
Exiles response got off to a very slow start and the score was only 12 for 1 off the first 8 as Spencer’s young speedster Ellis impressed. However Iqbal (19) injected some pace into the innings and the platform was then built by Roberts (73) and Plume (32) in a partnership of 79.
Wingfield (31no) and Ahmed joined at the death and despite some big hitting and hard running, were ultimately 2 runs short of a superb win.
An excellent game with inevitably a lot of ‘what if’ moments. On to OMT next week.