Captain Steve Du Preez, won the toss and elected to field on a dry pitch with the forecast set fair. The pitch offered more bounce than we've been used to but not movement off the seam. In the third over opener Holloway edged one off Paul Shorrock to 'keeper Roric's right hand. I don't know what it is about those expensive new 'keepers mitts but the ball seems to bounce off them at crucial times, and this was one of those times, the catch was shelved. Next ball Holloway got off the mark with a thick edge to third man and was on his way. Rupert Bettison at the other end was more circumspect but between them the pair posted the first century opening partnership against The Exiles this season. there were other chances and appeals. Stuart Lindsay was unlucky not to have been given Holloway's wicket when he appeared to glove one through to Roric, the big deflection to leg was adjudged to have come from pad. James Weir finally managed to break the partnership and after that the scoring dried up for a while. Captain Mick Doran was bowled for a duck by Eddie Fuller, Bettison skied a catch and Steve Du Preez picked up the wicket of Josh, also caught. The rate improved from Vincent Brooks' three overs. He has never managed to repeat his four wicket heroics against this opposition on this ground and served only to draw Ben Dale out of his shell. Kevin Hobley's occasional wobblers did for Dale and Stuart Lindsay managed a consolation wicket in a fiery last over to have J Bratt caught behind (the ball wedged in the webbing of Roric's right glove). Occasionals happy at tea on 177 for 6.
|M Doran||bowled||E Fuller||0|
|Total||40 Overs||23||177 for 6|
|S Du Preez||7||4||9||1|
The Exiles reply started shakily, James Booth lobbing the ball straight to cover who fumbled it. Kevin Hobley worked the ball firmly away off his legs for boundaries but was bowled for twelve by Bettison. It would prove to be the top score but not much cause for satisfaction. James was bowled by the same bowler for three. Terron Miller was steady but managed only a single scoring shot, nudging the ball to fine leg before succumbing again to the lbw law. Proctor, the other opening bowler was quickish but hardly looked the part in his football kit. He bowled with good economy on what was still basically a good batting track. Steve Du Preez looked comfortable for a while then hit a catch, Roric did the same and after that it became a procession of bowled Exiles flashing with minimal footwork. This is not the sort of Twenty20 Cricket that attracts the punters. "Mr Extras" was the main contributor to the total and when James Weir lofted a catch to mid-off to give Proctor his only wicket it was all over with 20 overs to spare. A lame effort by The Exiles who seemed to be lacking in zip in all departments. The Occasionals will be relieved to have broken the eight-match run of victories for the Exiles. If The Exiles continue to play with such lack of conviction it may be the Occasionals who dominate the next few seasons.
|S Du Preez||Ct||Bettison||9|
|Total||20 overs||extras 19||70 all out|
Occasionals bowling figures:
Maybe Nuxley will feel the backlash next week?