Exiles put up an excellent fight but were narrowly beaten by 4 wickets by Kings Road CC at Haydon’s Road on Sunday.
Batting first, Exiles flew out of the blocks with 43 for Ajmal and 39 for Ansar in partnership of 65 off the first 10 overs. When they were out, contributions from Shahid, Andy and Yahya sustained the innings and a flourish from Jibs (with 27no off 16 balls) helped the side to a seemingly decent 197 for 5 off 35 overs.
Exiles seemed well on their way to victory when they reduced Kings Road to 64 for 4 with a wicket for Naren and three for Jibs. But a stunning 100no off 64 from Matt Andrews turned the tide and he took his side home with 3 balls to spare. Jibs also finished with an excellent, Exiles career best of 4 for 19.
This was a terrific game of cricket and without the innings from Andrews, Exiles were surely likely winners. 12 wins and 7 defeats to finish the 2022 season.
Exiles were beaten by 65 runs by Southern Railway & Kenley at King Georges Playing Fields on Sunday.
After winning the toss, and following a minutes silence for the Queen, Exiles looked to make inroads on choosing to bowl first on a very lush looking surface. Naren picked up a couple early – both bowled of course – but Kenley always batted aggressively and continued to attack, eventually posting 205 for 8 off 35 overs, with 2 wickets for Siyar, Phil and Bilal, as the pitch played better than it looked.
Exiles looked in the chase at 90 for 3, but the losses in quick succession of Bilal (36) and Andy seemingly ended the match as a contest, despite 21 from Siyar, as the pitch started showing increasing signs of variable bounce. Exiles all out for 140.
So a slightly disappointing performance after so many good ones. Final game is at Haydon’s Road next Sunday against King’s Road CC.
Exiles beat new opposition Reigate Priory by 4 wickets to pick up their 12th win of 2022.
Winning a good toss, Exiles, unusually for this season, elected to bowl on a very underprepared looking Nursery Road pitch.
After a steady start by the openers, it was Yahya (3 for 23), Siyar (3 for 18) and Ajmal (2 for 24) who did most of the damage in restricting Reigate to 122 for 9 off their 35 overs.
Exiles got off to an excellent start in reply with a 68 run opening stand between Keith (33) and Ajmal (25), before a flurry of wickets. But captain Shahid (24no) stood firm and took the side home by 4 wickets with nearly 5 overs left.
Another really good win. 2 games left this season, starting with Southern Railway & Kenley at King George’s Playing Fields next Sunday.