Match Summary: vs. Surbiton Imperials, Sunday, 30 Sep 2018
Ground: Abbey Recreation Ground
Captain: Andrew Wingfield
Match type: 35 overs
Toss: Exiles elected to bat
Weather: Cloudy with occasional sun
Opposition: Surbiton Imperials scored: 126 all out (34.3 overs)
Exiles Score: 142 for 7 (35 overs)
Result: Won by 16 runs
Man of the match: Bilal Musakhel 41 runs
|1||Mark Bradshaw (W)||lbw||3||30||0||0|
|4||Andrew Wingfield (C)||b.||3||10||0||0|
|8||Jibran Ahmed||not out||9||19||0||0|
|9||Joseph Bradshaw||not out||6||16||0||0|
|Extra(s) 2nb 31w 11b 4lb||48|
Exiles won a tight match aginst Surbiton Imperial to finish the 2018 season on a high. With only 7 players in attendance for the start, the Exiles elected to bat and were soon in trouble at 35 for 3 as finding runs proved tough with the ball swinging and seaming.
But two key stands of 39 and 38 - both involving Bilal Musakhel (41) - initially with Andy Poole who dug in for 7 and then with Yayha Khan who played more circumspectly than recently for 10 - saw a recovery to 112 for 4.
Exiles knew that batting the 35 overs was critical and the team collectively worked hard to achieve this - with Bilal's knock excellent in a low scoring game. Jibran and Joseph batted out the last few overs - scoring when they could - as Exiles closed on a respectable 142 for 7.
Also critical in Exiles innings was the top-scoring Mr Extras - who scored 48 thanks in the main to 31 wides.
Post tea it was game on with Andy and Jibs both bowling restricting lines immediately, although wickets were scare initally as Imperials reached 47 for 1 in the 15th over.
At this point the Musakhel brothers (well two of them!) in Masie and Faisal combined to continue to keep pressure on the Surbiton batting - taking 3 wickets between them to reduce the away side to 63 for 4 before a recovery of sorts lead by Pradeep for Surbiton with 34.
Enter Joseph Bradshaw to clean up Pradeep first ball with one that nipped back and stayed low. A comical run out then followed and Surbiton were 87 for 6. But there was still some ability in the Surbiton lower order and a few boundaries came before a strike by Yayha and a second for Joseph took the Exiles to the brink.
But the number 9 hit 10 in no time and at 125 for 8 it was still very much game on with about 3 overs to go. But the returning Wingfield (3 for 9) had the final word - bowling the number 9 and then the number 11 to see the Exiles home by 16 runs.
A really satisfying end to the season in a close, well-fought game. Exiles conceded 32 runs in extras - 16 less than Imperials - and won by 16 runs. Surely this was a key facet to winning a close game.
So 7 wins and 7 defeats to finish the 2018 season with.
Report By: Andrew Wingfield