We arrived at Dulwich on a sunny afternoon for a 2 o clock start against Energy Exiles, a team we tied with last year. The decision was made for them to bat first as it was past 2pm and only half the side had arrived.
We opened the bowling with Morgan and Jones, both started well, Morgan particularly so, creating chances and stifling the run rate. The breakthrough came in the eleventh over 35-1. Lonnen replaced Jones and kept up the pressure and in the fifteenth over Morgan struck again – caught somewhere? 57-2. Exiles dug in and looked solid reaching 109 before the fall of the third wicket. A change of bowlers brought quickish wickets and at 7-143 we were on a roll. However, the Exiles weren’t about to be rolled over that easy and in the last few overs a flurry of boundaries and a couple of wickets saw them finish on 169-9 off their forty overs.
An excellent performance in the field with two wickets a piece for Morgan, Lonnen, Gray and Stephenson. Catches from Hamer who took a rocket at point using only his thumb, 2 from Rhyves, 1 from Barraclough and 1 from Prasad? Woolcott was a last minute keeper and looked more than capable.
Chasing 170 with a strong batting line up we were quietly confident. Britto and Barrazio our new Italian opened the batting and looked comfortable till Britto went for 15. Hamer came in at 3 and has been in great touch all season but he was gone for 9, belly aching about a sore thumb and how he couldn’t grip the bat! 55-3 soon turned into 82-6. When Morgan went out to join Lonnen at the crease we were in a spot of bother, but a superb partnership got us tantalisingly close to victory when Morgan was bowled for 41. Victory came in the last over with Lonnen smashing a 4 to win the game, leaving him not out on 46.
Great game against well matched oppo. Looking forward to the return fixture.u