Exiles were beaten by 72 runs by Unabombers at Cottenham Park.
Put into bat Unabombers started very circumspectly particularly against Naren who bowled an excellent spell up the hill of 7-4-6-1. However a fine captains innings of 94 not out from Simon Begley took the Unabombers to an above par score of 184 for 6 off their 35.
The run rate of Exiles reply was never an issue, but wickets were. Riaz hit a quick fire 30 and Joe Farrington-Douglas – in his first game for 10 years – hit a career best 25, but nobody was able to provide the innings of substance the Exiles needed and the side were bowled out for 112.
A break next weekend. Streatham & Marlborough at Dundonald Rec next on 6 September.
Exiles lost by 2 wickets in a cracking low scoring thriller against Unabombers at Raynes Park.
Batting first, Exiles were indebted to a fine 67 from Hasan in trying to achieve a sufficient score to bowl at. However a late flurry of wickets saw Exiles all out for 128 – probably 30 runs short of par.
Things looked much more promising when Andy (4 for 13) then bowled the top 4 of the Unabombers order to leave them 9 for 4, but the middle order played well collectively – with the number 5 getting 53 – to see their side home by just 2 wickets.
A very tight game that could’ve gone either way. Agricola at Nursery Road next week.
A superb fielding performance – featuring 8 catches – led the Exiles to the first win of 2020 – by 9 wickets over Agricola at Chiswick.
On losing the toss, Exiles were in the field, but found the pitch offering slightly more than expected. However despite an early wicket, Agricola started well thanks to Mike Almond (56) and Adam Norledge (44).
Having reached 133 for 3, Agricola looked well set but Exiles picked up the remaining wickets quickly – as Alex Roberts got Almond and Justin Lamprecht in the same over and Andy Wingfield returned 3 for 14. Exiles catching was excellent as all 8 chances offered were taken, albeit 2 from sub fielders kindly provided by Agricola.
164 seemed well within reach. And Exiles backed up an excellent fielding performance with an equally efficient batting performance – as Keith Roberts anchored with 55 not out, Amil Patel returned 47 and Will Smith showed much promise in his 39 not out.
After a tough first game, things are looking up for the Exiles in this shortened season. Unabombers at Raynes Park next week.