Exiles were well beaten by an impressive Whalers side at Chiswick.
On winning the toss, Exiles were in the field and saw the opposition openers pile on 147 for the first wicket before a first senior strike by Joseph (son of Mark) Bradshaw with a cleverly disguised slower ball broke through.
Hussain Quereshi (3 for 34) then took 2 quick wickets at the other end and with junior Bradshaw soon picking up a second wicket as well, Whalers teetered at 155 for 4.
However another 50 partnership – this time for the 5th wicket – restored the home sides’ ascendancy as they finished on an imposing 208 for 5.
Exiles reply never really got going, despite 64 for the second wicket between Keith Roberts and Quereshi (44), with only Amil Patel with a brisk 27 contributing significantly thereafter as Exiles were well restricted to 137 for 9.
Ploughman in Dulwich next week.
Exiles recovered from 17 for 6 to beat Agricola by 2 wickets in a classic at DunDonald Rec.
A fine bowling performance by the Exiles restricted Agricola to 120 all out on a seamer-friendly deck – with 3 wickets for Wingfield and Ling and 2 for Iqbal. Also notable was a quite stunning catch by Shane Kruger running back to take a steepler over his shoulder in the deep.
Exiles looked to have thrown their victory chances away by losing 6 quick wickets – with variable bounce a key protagonist. However skipper Plume (39) again provided a fine gritty backbone to the Exiles innings and after some good hits by Santimon, it was a superb 46 not out from Jibran Ahmed that took the Exiles home.
A first win of the season at the third time of asking. Whalers at Chiswick next week.
Exiles fell to a 25 run defeat on their 2018 season opener at Spencer.
Fielding first, Andy Wingfield soon removed both Spencer openers to reduce the home side to 12 for 2, but a partnership of 119 for the 3rd wicket attained ascendancy for the home side.
In sweltering conditions the Exiles bowlers worked hard to keep the Spencer batters in check – restricting them to 198 for 4 off their 40 overs – with Wingfield (3 for 20) taking his 324th club wicket to edge ahead of Naren Patel in the all-time Exiles wickets list.
Shahid Iqbal blasted a quick-fire 31 to quickly move the Exiles reply to 48 for 0, but thereafter wickets were lost quickly despite 42 from skipper Chris Plume and the Exiles innings subsided to 173 all out.
Lots to be encouraged by, but an ultimately disappointing opening day defeat for the Exiles.