Energy Exiles CC celebrated it’s 30th anniversary with an excellent club game at Haydon’s Road Rec.
Exiles “Keith” batted first and amassed 146 for 9 from their 30 overs – with 34no from Andy, and double figure contributions from Shahid, Yahya, Jasper, Luke and Azhar. Two wickets each for Alex (that of his father and brother!!), Naren (of course!) and Jonny.
Exiles “Naren” responded with 143 for 6, narrowly falling short. At 25 for 4 they looked well behind the rate, but 30no from Ajmal, 23 from Bilal and 32no from Simon set up the chase and a late 23no from Mark and 15no from Naren (of course?) took their side very close.
A brilliant game, one of the closest club games we’ve had, genuinely competed throughout.
Exiles have 3 games left for 2022 – Sheen Park at Nursery Road next week.
Exiles picked up another win – this time by 18 runs in a tight tussle with the Unabombers.
After a negotiated toss resulting in Exiles batting first (due partially to late arrivals), Exiles lost a few early wickets and were teetering at 63 for 4 before an important restorative partnership of 78 between Andy (50) and Jamil (34) took the side to safer waters and despite a late flurry of wickets, 169 for 9 looked a defendable total on a wearing and very sandy track.
Unabombers lost 3 early wickets – all caught by John Crossland behind the stumps – to slip to 19 for 3 with 2 wickets for Masie and 1 for Naren. But TK, Tim Holmes and Simon Begley proved harder to crack and took their side to 119 for 4 before the golden arm of Ajmal (3 for 20) intervened and broke the back of the Unabombers batting as they were all out of the last ball for 151.
An excellent 18 run win. Club game – which promises to be lively – next week!
Exiles beat Agricola by 6 runs in the stifling heat of Haydon’s Road on Sunday.
Skipper Bernard won a crucial toss and Exiles obviously chose to bat first and compiled an ‘about par’ score of 218 for 8 from their 35 overs. Most of the top order got runs – with a rapid 41 for Shahid and 40 for Ansar.
Almond and Lamprecht for Agricola put on 87 for the first wicket in reply as Agricola started strongly. But faced with scoreboard pressure, Lamprecht holed out and the match changed. Exiles then took wickets regularly as Agricola subsided to 147 for 7 before a late cameo from Liam Farrell – with 27 not out – threatened to take Agricola home before an excellent final over from Ansar sealed the Exiles win – by a meagre 6 runs. Skipper Bernard returning 4 for 37 for the Exiles.
Unabombers back at Haydon’s Road next Sunday.
Exiles were narrowly beaten by 11 runs by new opposition Millfields at Hilly Fields on Sunday.
Millfields elected to bat unsurprisingly and after a quiet start accelerated well to reach 198 for 6 from the 35 overs. Exiles bowling was reasonably solid, but a few misfields giving away a few extra runs ultimately proved crucial.
Ajmal (55) led the reply, supported by Shahid, Jibs and debutant Azhar (who all hit twenties) but it wasn’t quite enough.
On to Agricola at Haydons Road next week.