Exiles put in a sprited performance but were beaten by 62 runs at Old Rutlishians on Sunday.
Fielding first the Exiles bowled and fielded well – taking wickets at regular intervals – however the home sides number 4 survived what seemed a clear edge in single figures before eventually scoring a match-winning 108.
Wickets were generally shared, though Andy took 3 for 38 and Phil took 3 for 67.
The pitch got slower and lower as the match went on and in the face of accurate bowling from the home side, only Carl with a resolute 63 not out provided a score of significance as the Exiles were restricted to 151 for 8.
On to Merton next week at John Innes Rec, seeking that elusive first win of the season.
Keith continued his excellent start to the season with an unbeaten hundred as Exiles were beaten by 52 runs on Sunday.
Bowling first, Naren and Phil both struck early to reduce Streatham to 31 for 3, before a belligerent unbeaten hundred from Dale at 5 recovered the away sides innings, aided by an unbeaten fifty from their number 6.
After both run scorers retired, Phil picked up a further couple of wickets to end with 3 for 44, as Streatham closed on an imposing 256 for 6.
In reply despite a fluent start by Keith, wickets were lost regularly as the oppo squeezed the Exiles run rate. But Andy (36) joined Keith in a rapid partnership of 72 and Exiles were almost sensing the improbable.
It wasn’t to be as Exiles closed on 204 for 6, with Alex at the non-strikers to see his Dad bring up three figures.
A heartening day, and a re-match awaits with Streatham in a fortnight, with Exiles having a weekend off next week.
The 2021 cricket season started – in May! But Exiles were well beaten by new oppo Wimbledon United by 79 runs at Cottenham Park.
Wimbledon batted first but despite early wickets for debutant Satish and evergreen Naren, they made their way to 210 for 8 off their 40, with 2 wickets later for Gundry and Ling, and one for Wingfield. Exiles bowled reasonably well but were hindered by conceding 43 extras.
In reply, Exiles lost wickets regularly despite an excellent resolute 54 not out from Keith.
So an opening day defeat, but at least the season has started on time! On to Nursery Road next week against Southern Railway & Kenley CC.