Exiles continued their fine start to 2019 with their 3rd straight win courtesy of an excellent chase against Whalers.
Exiles bowled first and reduced Whalers to 14 for 3 before an excellent unbeaten hundred from Whalers skipper Dean (103no) steered his side to an imposing 207 for 8 off their 35 overs, Andy Wingfield taking 3 for 27.
The reply was teetering at 57 for 4, before Darwin Gunawardena (48) and Yayha Khan (36) put on 50 to rebuild the Exiles innings, before opening bowlers Wingfield (51no) and Jibran Ahmed (28no) took their side home with 3 balls to spare.
A very satisfying chase. There is due to be a rematch with the Whalers next week, but with Whalers availability known to be an issue the opposition may well change.
Exiles bright start to 2019 continued with an 8 run win over Unabombers at Nursery Road.
Put into bat, Exiles lost both openers early, but continuing his fine form from last week, Bilal Musakhel smashed a very fine 72 at a run a ball to set up the innings, with some big hitting from Huss Quereshi and Jibran Ahmed in a partnership of 53 at the death taking the side to a competitive 201 for 6 off their 35.
Unabombers reply started well but 4 wickets from Phil Ling turned the game in the Exile favour before 3 further wickets from the golden arm of the skipper further restricted their side, and from there the Exiles were just able to hang on for the win.
Whalers at Chiswick next week.
Exiles started the 2019 season with a fine 67 run win against Clapham Nomads in a match played at Spencer’s ground at Earlsfield.
New skipper Bernard Leuvennink won the toss and chose to bat and soon saw his decision vindicated as the Exiles piled up 202 for 5 off their 35 overs, with Leuvennink (39) setting the early pace, before a superb 65 off 52 balls – including 5 sixes – from Bilal Musakhel accelerated the Exiles to a score which was probably about 30 runs above par.
Miserly spells from openers Jibran Ahmed and Naren Patel heavily restricted the pace of the Nomads response, but it was Andy Wingfield (4 for 23) who struck the decisive blow with 2 wickets in an over – both caught down the leg side.
From there on there was only one winner as Nomads batted out to 135 for 8. Unabombers at Nursery Road next week.